Fellowship programs follow completion of a medical residency. While completion of a fellowship is not necessary for all medical specialties, they are a requirement for certain specialties and sub-specialties. The list below represents the major fellowship programs and consequently is an indicator of those medical specialties and sub-specialties that physicians specializing in those practices include in their training. Since fellowship appointments start anywhere from 6 to 14 months from the match days (the date the match is announced), applications for fellowship programs are usually submitted in the last year or two of a residency program.
The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is a private, not-for-profit corporation whose primary function is to optimize the rank ordered choices of applicants and program directors by providing an impartial venue for matching the preferences of the applicants with the preferences of the programs. The NRMP provides this service for residency positions through its Main Residency Match (MRM) program. It provides a comparable service for advanced residency and fellowship positions through its Specialties Matching Service (SMS). Unlike residency matches, fellowship matches occur throughout the year and each one requires its own registration process with the NRMP.
The factors to be considered in deciding what fellowship program to apply for are usually less complex than choosing a medical school or residency program. Presumably the specialty has already been chosen. In many instances a decision on the state the applicant intends to locate their practice has been determined and possibly the city as well. Having studied which residency programs in the applicant’s specialty are most respected, there’s undoubtedly some awareness of the most respected fellowship programs. In some instances they may be at the same institution.
The following four fellowships will be added to the NRMP’s SMS program for the appointment year 2013.
- Adolescent Medicine
- Pediatric Endocrinology
- Pediatric Infectious Diseases
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
For additional information on the fellowships available and the Specialties Matching Service go to www.nrmp.org.
The 44 fellowship programs listed below, in alphabetical order, comprise the specialties and sub-specialties managed by the NRMP’s Specialties Matching Service.
- Abdominal Transplant Surgery
- Allergy and Immunology
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Colon and Rectal Surgery
- Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Hand Surgery
- Hematology and Oncology
- Infectious Disease
- Interventional Pulmonology
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- Medical Genetics
- Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
- Opthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
- Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
- Pediatric Anesthesiology
- Pediatric Cardiology
- Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
- Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Pediatric Gastroenterology
- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
- Pediatric Nephrology
- Pediatric Pulmonology
- Pediatric Rheumatology
- Pediatric Sports Medicine
- Pediatric Surgery
- Primary Care Sports Medicine
- Pulmonary Disease
- Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Medicine
- Reproductive Endocrinology
- Sleep Medicine
- Surgical Critical Care
- Thoracic Surgery
- Vascular Surgery