In recent years, gastroenterology has become one of the most competitive subspecialties included in the internal medicine fellowship match, which increases the stressful nature of an already potentially nerve-wracking process for the trainee. Though each applicant has unique strengths and thus the process is somewhat individualized, there are some basic principles that can render an applicant more competitive for a gastroenterology fellowship. These include establishing mentorship, achieving scholarly work, building your resume, honing interpersonal and networking skills, and a writing a well-planned application. The goal of this article is to outline some basic principles that will help improve the competitiveness of an applicant, and also highlight some practical tips and tricks for applicants with diverse backgrounds, such as international medical graduates, minority applicants, and women in medicine.
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