Application Information

Eligibility Requirements

Transplant Hepatology selects from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness and ability to benefit from the program in which they are appointed. Aptitude, academic credentials, personal characteristics, and ability to communicate should be considered in the selection. Programs must not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Eligibility shall be determined according to the ACGME requirements as stated in the Institutional Requirements.

Required Documentation

The Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program is now an ACGME accredited position. All fellows selected for education at the Virginia Commonwealth University will meet the following selection criteria:

    1. All fellows must have passed all parts of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), FLEX, NBDE, NBOME/COMLEX, or the FMGEMS prior to their first day of employment.

    2. All applicants must have three letters of reference from United States or Canadian physicians/dentists who have personal knowledge of the applicant’s clinical abilities, and an additional letter from their program director.

    3. All applicants must be within seven years of graduation from medical school, or direct patient care activity (either as an independent practitioner or a resident in an ACGME, AOA, or ADA accredited residency). Non-clinical graduate work, e.g., research, in the United States or Canada does not meet this requirement.

    4. All applicants must have documentation of a minimum of three months of direct patient care activity in the United States or Canada. Clinical rotations during medical school will suffice for U.S. and Canadian students. For international medical graduates, U.S. or Canadian medical school clinical rotations or externships of direct patient care in the United States or Canada will suffice.

    5. Any ECFMG certified applicant who has not been in a United States or Canadian residency program within eighteen months of being issued their ECFMG certificate must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language Exam (TOEFL) and obtain a score of at least 600 before beginning their residency. The Test of Spoken English (TSE) and Test of Written English exams are also required.

    6. For those applying to the 4th year track, they must have successfully completed a 3 year fellowship from an ACGME accredited GI Fellowship.

    7. For those applying to the 3rd year Pilot Program, they must have successfully completed the first 2 years of their 3 year GI Fellowship and be a trajectory to competence in GI.  They must have full endorsement of both the GI PD and the Transplant Hepatology PD.