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Applicants must have:

  • completed 3 years in an ACGME-accredited clinical pediatric residency program
  • a valid medical license in the U.S

Only the following are considered for the fellowship:

  • Graduates of Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-approved U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools
  • International Medical Graduates who have valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificates
  • Graduates of American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-accredited Osteopathic Medical Schools
  • Graduates possessing a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state or territory of the USA
  • Graduates having completed 3 years of training in a clinical pediatric residency program accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

How to Apply

Applicants may submit their applications through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for the July application cycle.

ERAS 2018 Fellowship Application Timeline

These positions will be included in the National Residency Matching Program Pediatric Specialties Fall Match.

Supporting Documents

The following documents must be included in the application process:

  • Completed application form
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement including a description of previous research and clinical experience, reason for interest in a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship, and an indication of your career goals.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably one from the program director of your residency program
  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable.
  • USMLE Score Reports
  • Official Medical School Transcript
  • A recent photograph

International Medical Graduates 

Visa status for IMGs must fall within the following categories:

  • Eligible to seek J-1 visa
  • Permanent Resident or Alien status (i.e., “Green Card”)

In accordance with the University of Tennessee Graduate Medical Education guidelines, this program does not sponsor fellows for “H” type visas.

Meet Our Coordinator

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Saundra Pirtle, MPS
Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Coordinator  

Born in Memphis, but raised all over the world due to her parents being in two different branches of the military. Saundra received her Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Accounting and a Masters of Professional Studies with a concentration in Human Resource Leadership from the University of Memphis. She enjoys traveling, reading, and running her small business. She joined the College of Graduate Medical Education where she manages three fellowship programs: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Urology.


Opportunities for interviews will be extended to applicants based on qualifications as determined by USMLE scores, letters of recommendation and all other application documents.

Candidates will be invited for interviews between September and October.

Applicants who have not completed 3 years’ training in an ACGME-accredited, pediatric residency program (prior to anticipated matriculation in a subspecialty fellowship program) are advised that the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has limited eligibility to sit for the sub-board certifying examination in pediatric endocrinology to five years after the completion of fellowship training (in addition to board certification in general pediatrics and other requirements). Consequently, those who pursue fellowship training prior to general residency training (out of sequence) will have limited opportunities to achieve sub-board certification in pediatric endocrinology. Details of ABP policies can be reviewed online (

Last Published: Jun 21, 2018