Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

Program director:  Michael Babich, MD
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length:  3 years (PGY4-6)
Fellows per year:  4

About the Program
Application Information
Benefits and Stipends
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     Program Overview
     Training Facilities
     Didactic Experiences, including GI Grand Rounds
Why Choose Our Program?


About the Program


We are a fully accredited gastroenterology and hepatology training program, offering a three-year clinical fellowship track. We recruit our fellowship trainees exclusively through the NRMP Match, accepting three new fellows each year. We offer an exceptional training experience, with our graduates performing tremendously well on the ABIM subspecialty exam (100% pass rate among our last five years’ graduates). Clinical Training


Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), our main training site, has an international reputation for excellence and innovation in education, research, and patient care. AGH is a national leader in cardiovascular, cancer, neuroscience, and orthopaedic and rehabilitation care, and offers a wide array of medical and surgical specialties including a Level 1 trauma center with aeromedical service (LifeFlight).

Integration with a broad range of specialists and support services, including integrated medicine specialists and acupuncturists, nutritionists and dieticians, bariatric and colorectal surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, lends to a training experience that is thorough and enlightened, and truly facilitates the competency of system-based practice. State-of-the-art diagnostic and endoscopic equipment, highly trained and specialized therapeutics faculty, and an active liver transplantation program all facilitate our goal of producing “cutting edge” gastroenterologists.

Endoscopic Training


A very active program of scholastic activity and clinical research ensures all our fellows complete their training as published authors, as well as thought-leading clinicians. Our graduates have pursued highly successful careers in both private and academic arenas, in all parts of the country.

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Michael Babich, MD

Michael Babich, MD
Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Director



Application Information



Four positions will be offered in the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program on a competitive basis. To be eligible to be interviewed for one of our fellowship positions, the applicant must: 

  1. Be involved in or a graduate of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited Internal Medicine Residency Program; if a graduate, must have been actively practicing Internal Medicine within the last 3 years
  2. Participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), and submit a completed application online through the ERAS system no later than July 31
  3. Achieve a three-digit score of at least 200 on either, or both, USMLE Step 2 and 3 exams (or a comparable COMLEX score) and have passed Step 2-CS
  4. Have at least 1 year of U.S. experience (in practice or training)
  5. Be Board-eligible, or Board-certified, in Internal Medicine if more than 1 year out from completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program
  6. Be a U.S. citizen, or maintain appropriate visa status (determination of eligibility of applicants as related to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approvals of appropriate non-immigrant visa eligibility will be made based on ECFMG and Department of State (DOS) requirements for the J-1 visa).

H-1B visas will not be sponsored by the West Penn Allegheny Health System for fellowship training


Application Process

We appreciate your interest in our fellowship program. Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). No paper applications are accepted. Guidelines for submission can be found on the ERAS website.

Our program's ACGME ID: 1444111045


Documentation Requirements

The following documents are required in order for candidates to be considered for an interview:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Recent Photograph
  • Valid ECFMG Certificate (foreign medical graduates)
  • Green Card Status (if applicable)
  • USMLE Scores (M.D.'s): Steps 1 and 2; Step 3 (if available)
  • COMLEX Scores (D.O.'s): Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3, including letter from Program Director


PLEASE NOTE: Applications will not be considered complete unless all of the above-listed documents have been submitted electronically through ERAS.

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Interview Schedule

July 15 - August:  Our program downloads and reviews applications.

September:  Our program will extend invitations for an interview via e-mail through the ERAS PostOffice.

October: Interview day at Allegheny General Hospital; applicants should plan to spend one day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Invited applicants will meet with core faculty members of gastroenterology and hepatology, spend time with current fellows and take a tour of the facilities.


Gastroenterology Match Process

Once you have completed your interview day with our faculty, we hope you will strongly consider our program. The Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at Allegheny General Hospital participates in the Medical Specialties Matching Program (MSMP) for fellowship positions sponsored by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). All candidates must register to participate. Our Fellowship Selection Committee determines the rank list and order.



Contact Us


Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

Phyllis A. Shoemaker, BS, Program Coordinator

Mailing address:
     Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
     1307 Federal Street, Suite 301
     Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone:  412.359.3846

Fax: 412.442.2158



Why choose our program?

  • Dedicated office space for fellows
  • Fellowship-provided personal computers for use during three years of training
  • Electronic, web-based curriculum
  • Electronic Sharepoint intranet site for fellow resources, schedules, etc.
  • Electronic access to medical journals, texts and UpToDate from the hospital and home
  • Inpatient computerized patient records accessible from home
  • Outpatient electronic health record
  • Web-based evaluation system
  • Individual mentorship with assigned faculty member
  • Elective opportunities
  • Access to the STAR Center
  • Out-of-hospital call
  • 3 weeks (15 working days) of vacation annually
  • Monthly meal ticket allowance
  • Annual GME allowance for meetings, textbooks, etc
  • 100% board pass rate for the last three years