Nymc Westchester Pediatric Residency Personal Statement

The Yale Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship program has 1 position available for fellowship beginning July 2018.  

Our program provides a comprehensive clinical and research experience in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. During the first year, fellows care for patients with a wide variety of clinical gastrointestinal diseases in the outpatient and inpatient setting. In addition, we have an active liver transplant program that performs 8 to 12 transplants per year and fellows will rotate through outpatient hepatology clinic to become well versed in non-transplant liver diseases. Fellows will develop outstanding endoscopic skills, including upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, as well as polypectomy, esophageal dilatations, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placements and liver biopsies.

During the second and third years, the fellow spends up to 80% time in clinical, translational or basic science research activity of his/her choice. Our fellows regularly present their research in national conferences in these years.

Our Faculty: 9 full-time faculty, 7 gastroenterologists and 2 hepatologists.

Clinical Experience:

Weekly clinics with bimonthly continuity clinics all three years

Specialty clinics: IBD program, Liver Transplant, celiac, Aerodigestive, constipation and motility programs  

Special procedures: capsule endoscopy, pH/impedance, esophageal and anorectal manometry

On call coverage: 9 months GI, 6 months liver during the first year 

One procedure day per week


Pediatric conferences- weekly grand rounds,

Monthly pediatric GI radiology, pathology, and surgery conferences.

Weekly GI conferences including case conferences, didactics and journal clubs.

Adult GI conferences: IBD conference, Friday didactics, cases, and visitors


Clinical / translational

Basic T32/ other grants   

IBD, liver, pancreas, diarrhea

If you are interested in applying for this position or have any questions about the pediatric gastroenterology fellowship, please feel free to call/e-mail us:

Anthony F Porto                                                          Natalie Decesare

Fellowship Program Director                                      Fellowship Coordinator

Anthony.porto@yale.edu                                            natalie.decesare@yale.edu

Application Requirements

All applications must go through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) www.aamc.org/eras. We encourage both allopathic and osteopathic graduates of U.S. medical schools as well as highly qualified international graduates to apply.

For all applicants:

  • USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK & CS or COMLEX Level 1, Level 2 CE & PE are required.
  • High scores on these exams (minimum of 205 for USMLE, 480 for COMLEX), with each part taken only once are strongly preferred. Candidates with lower scores may be considered if the rest of their application is very strong, however, those with failures on more than one step will not be considered.
  • A personal statement explaining your interest in psychiatry is very important.  Please do not simply reiterate your accomplishments; let us know something about yourself that is not on the application.
  • Interviews begin in early November and applications should be submitted no later than December 15.
  • Interviews are conducted on Fridays, either 8:45-1:30, or 11:15-4:00.  Please see www.aamc.org/eras for information about the application process.

For International Medical Graduates:

  • American psychiatric experience (at least one month, more is preferred), with letters from American physicians, including at least one psychiatrist, is required. Equivalent experience will also be considered (e.g. UK, Canada, some other countries).
  • Research experience is desirable, but not required.
  • Recent graduation from medical school is also preferred.
  • U.S. citizenship, J1 visa status or a green card are preferred.  H1B visas will be considered only if you have passed Step 3 prior to the deadline for us to submit the rank order list to the Match.
  • Passing Step 3 is desirable.
  • ECFMG certification is required, but applicants may be interviewed if they have passed Step 1 and Step 2 CK & CS, but have not yet received their certification.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.
  • Our residency is approximately 50% each of international and US graduates.


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