Sunday, May 14, 2017

The gastroenterology fellowship match is thriving

The journal of Digestive Diseases and Sciences reports that the state of the Gastro match is good:

  • Robert J. Huang
    • 1
  • George Triadafilopoulos
    • 1
  • David Limsui
    • 1
  1. 1.Gastroenterology and Hepatology Stanford University Medical Center  
Fellows and Young Gis Section
DOI: 10.1007/s10620-017-4593-z
Cite this article as:
Huang, R.J., Triadafilopoulos, G. & Limsui, D. Dig Dis Sci (2017). doi:10.1007/s10620-017-4593-z

Abstract: Following a period of uncertainty and disorganization, the gastroenterology (GI) national leadership decided to reinstitute the fellowship match (the Match) under the auspices of the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) in 2006. Although it has now been a decade since the rebirth of the Match, there have been limited data published regarding progress made. In this piece, we discuss reasons for the original collapse of the GI Match, including most notably a perceived oversupply of GI physicians and a poor job market. We discuss the negative impacts the absence of the Match had on programs and on applicants, as well as the impetus to reorganize the Match under the NRMP. We then utilize data published annually by the NRMP to demonstrate that in the decade since its rebirth, the GI Match has been remarkably successful in terms of attracting the participation of applicants and programs. We show that previous misguided concerns of an oversupply of GI physicians were not realized, and that GI fellowship positions remain highly competitive for internal medicine applicants. Finally, we discuss possible implications of recent changes in the healthcare landscape on the GI Match.

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