Our optional fourth-year endoscopy fellowship offers advanced training in diagnostic and therapeutic ERCP and EUS procedures. There are three main instructors for this training, which offers monthly combined training in ERCP and EUS procedures. Our GI Procedures Unit averages 500 ERCPs + 150 sphincterotomies and 500 EUS procedures a year.
Funding for this track derives in large part from the Department of Medicine. Slot availability is not guaranteed on a yearly basis but is offered based on need and availability of funds. There is typically one slot per year.
There is a prerequisite of three years of GI training from an accredited US program. Because the fellow in this position will bill independently to a certain extent, the physician in this position cannot hold a J-1 visa. We do, however, accept H1-B, E-B and O-1 visas for this position. Because of issues relating to the transfer and sponsorship of visas from outside institutions to ours, it is advisable that the individual present with an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which is easier to arrange because transfer is not an issue. Visa issues can be addressed to Ronit Weingarten of our Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) (phone 919-962-5661, fax 919-962-4282) hours M-F 9 AM to 4 PM.
Interested individuals should apply through the ASGE website. There, detailed information is provided about the advanced endoscopy fellows (AEF) Match and how to apply, including a scheduled timeline.