Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowships

The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program at UNM offers an extensive education and mentorship in clinical practice and research. 

The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and meets the requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Our graduates continue to achieve an outstanding pass rate of 100% for the ABIM certifying exam. Apply through ERAS today. 

2021 Positions Available  

  • Five clinical track positions with a minimum of 6 months of research throughout the 3-year fellowship 

One fourth-year position dedicated to endoscopic ultrasound and GI oncology 

Fellows actively participate in clinical practice and research through consult services at the University Hospital, the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center (Albuquerque VA Hospital) and the Sandoval Regional Medical Center. 

During the three-year program, fellows take part in specialty clinics for liver disease and participate in pre- and post-transplant management and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and hepatitis C.  

Supervised by board-certified faculty, this clinical work provides a concentrated experience and exposure to diverse patient populations. 

During the course of the program, fellows gain in-depth experience with basic endoscopic procedures, including treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding and routine outpatient screening procedures.  

Additionally, those particularly interested in research may, upon approval, participate in a research track of fellowship, which provides 18 months of protected research time. 

All fellows are provided a monetary publication benefit for published research. These dollars are placed in an educational fund and can be used to pay for travel to conferences, training fees, academic journal subscriptions and other educational-related purchases.

The program only accepts applications through ERAS. Applicants must complete their applications and start applying in July 2020. Interviews will be conducted in September and October. 

Special Requirements 

  • Applicants must have three years of accredited postgraduate education in Internal Medicine. 
  • Although there is no set cut-off score, applicants should score at least in the mid-80 percentile on USMLE Step I and II to be competitive with our usual applicant pool. 
  • International medical graduates must be US citizens, be permanent residents, or be eligible for J-1 visas. Our institution does not sponsor H-1 visas. 
  • All applicants must apply through ERAS. 

Materials Required 

  • ERAS application 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Personal statement 
  • USMLE scores (and ECFMG when applicable) 
  • Internal Medicine Program director’s letter 
  • Three additional letters of reference 
  • Medical school transcript 
  • Dean’s letter (MSPE) 
  • Photograph 

Questions? Please contact the Fellowship CoordinatorMedical Education Program Assistant at fsubia@salud.unm.edu or 505-272-4755.

National Conferences

Digestive Disease Week: All second- and third-year fellows are freed of clinical duties if they elect to attend DDW. Additionally, any fellow who submits an abstract is rewarded $250 for each abstract submitted and an additional $500 for each oral presentation accepted. Those who submit case report or scientific posters are rewarded $250 for each accepted poster.  

Any monies awarded are placed into an educational account that can be used for educational-related purchases, including travel to conferences. 

UNM and VA Conferences 

Our program offers several conferences that provide dynamic educational opportunities: 

  • Thursday Gastroenterology Division Conference: This weekly event includes a core curriculum program presented by fellows and guest lecturers. It includes clinical case conferences, a journal club, pathology conference, evidence-based board review, research presentations and QI discussions. 
  • Advanced Interventional Endoscopy Conference (Pancreaticobiliary Disease Conference): Each month, UNMH and VA-based interventional endoscopists, GI fellows and faculty, surgeons and interventional radiologists meet to discuss interesting and challenging cases. 
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma Conference: This monthly conference focuses on patients with hepatoma. Faculty facilitators specialize in hepatology, interventional radiology, pathology, surgical oncology and oncology to discuss management of patients with hepatoma. 
  • GI/Radiology/Surgery Conference: At both the VA and UNMH, physicians from the Radiology and Surgery departments join GI faculty and fellows in discussing cases provided by the first-year fellow on the Inpatient rotation. 

A fourth-year fellowship dedicated to Endoscopic Ultrasound and GI Oncology will begin July 1, 2021. Applicants are required to complete a formal three-year, ACGME-accredited gastroenterology fellowship. 

The qualified fellow will have the opportunity to perform more than 500 EUS procedures with FNA & FNI, along with participation in advanced ERCP techniques, including intraductal ultrasound, cholangioscopy, laser lithotripsy, confocal endomicroscopy along with endoscopic mucosal resection and luminal stenting. 

Besides clinical training, the chosen fellow is also expected to pursue scholastic activities, including participation in multidisciplinary conferences and research projects related to endoscopic techniques and outcomes. The fellowship includes a highly competitive salary. 

To apply for the Advance Endoscopy fellowship, send your CV along with three letters of reference to GParasher@salud.unm.edu.

Clinical Track (30 months clinical, six months research) 

First Year 

  • UNMH general GI inpatient consult service (three months) 
  • VA general GI inpatient consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (two to three months) 
  • UNMH outpatient clinics (Liver, IBD, Hepatitis C, General GI) with morning outpatient endoscopy (two to three months) 
  • VA outpatient clinics (Liver, General GI, Hepatitis C) with morning outpatient endoscopy (two to three months) 
  • Research (one month) 

Second Year 

  • UNMH inpatient consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (three months) 
  • VA inpatient consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (three months) 
  • Research (two months) 
  • UNMH outpatient clinics (Liver, IBD, Hepatitis C, General GI) with morning outpatient endoscopy (three months) 
  • SRMC morning outpatient endoscopy with afternoon outpatient clinic (one month) 

Third Year 

  • UNMH inpatient biliary consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (three months) 
  • VA inpatient biliary consult service with morning outpatient endoscopy (three months) 
  • Research (three months) 
  • SRMC morning outpatient endoscopy with afternoon outpatient clinic (three months) 

Note: A continuity clinic experience is maintained during all rotations throughout fellowship

Fellows take call from home on average once every 12 days over the three years. Fellows’ call is supervised by a board-certified gastroenterologist, and attending physicians are present for all procedures. 

Weekend Call: You will serve 13 weekends during three years of fellowship. 

Weeknight Home Call: Fellows are Q12 and split weeknights equally. 

Weekend and weeknight call: Shared equally between the clinical track and research fellows during all three years of fellowship. 

  • First Year: Seven weekends 
  • Second Year: Five weekends 
  • Third Year: One weekend
  • Annual Leave (Vacation): All house officers receive 21 days of annual leave, based on a five-day work week, consisting of 15 weekdays and six weekend days during the academic year. 
  • Educational Leave (Conferences): Educational activities including but not limited to presenting papers, taking state and national examinations, or attending educational seminars may be allowed with pay. All fellows receive five education days per academic year. 
  • Professional Leave: Professional leave is available to house officers for the purpose of interviewing for employment, residency or a fellowship. Five days of such leave are allowed during the course of a fellowship program. 
  • Sick Leave: All fellows receive 21 days of paid sick leave annually (which will be based on a five-day work week, consisting of 15 weekdays and six weekend days).