Matching Process Information

Non-ACGME Advanced Colorectal and Thoracic Matching Process Deadlines and Information

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The following information is for the Non-ACGME Advanced Colorectal and Thoracic Matching Process

Please note: There is a separate application and match process for the Advanced GI, Bariatric, Flexible Endoscopy, HPB, and Advanced GI MIS fellowships. The information below is for the Non-ACGME Advanced Colorectal and Thoracic Matching Process.

To apply to a Fellowship Council fellowship is a 3-step process. Please note that these dates are for the Non-ACGME Advanced Colorectal and Thoracic Matching Process.

STEP 1: The first step is to complete your application by creating an account beginning on August 1, 2017. To do so, click on Login/Create Application to the left. The application deadline is November 13, 2017.

STEP 2: The second step is the interview process where applicants will be invited to interview by programs.

STEP 3: The third and final step is the matching process where programs and applicants rank each other and submit final rank order lists. The matching process will be conducted via a separate Fellowship Council matching process system.

For violations information, review the Fellowship Council Matching Service Participation Agreement carefully when logging into the matching process site for the first time and also visit the Matching Policies and Procedures page.

Fellowship Application Process Opens: August 1, 2017 at 5:00PM Pacific Time

Fellowship Application Closes: November 13, 2017

Rank Order List Deadline: January 10, 2018

Scramble Date: January 17, 2018

Date for Announcement of Fellowship Matches: January 18, 2018

The deadline to submit a rank order list is January 10, 2018 at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

As a reminder, applicants may only certify one rank order list when participating in application processes with concurrent match dates. An applicant who accepts a position through another national match plan or by agreement outside the FC Matching Process must withdraw PRIOR to the Fellowship Council rank order list deadline on January 10, 2018. Failure to do so is a violation of the Fellowship Council Matching Service Participation Agreement (FCMSPA), which all applicants agree to upon signing onto the matching system.  The violation will be investigated by the Fellowship Council. Applicants who elect to participate in the matching process and certify a rank order list by January 10, 2018 are prohibited from accepting a position through any other national matching service or by agreement outside the match after the rank order list deadline. The Fellowship Council will oversee the fellowship experience, and will use its best efforts through accreditation to make the clinical experience a positive one. However, the Fellowship Council cannot guarantee that turnover within the faculty or within the program’s administration will not occur, either prior to or during the applicant’s tenure in the program. The listing of an applicant by a program on its certified rank order list or of a program by an applicant on the applicant’s certified rank order list establishes a binding commitment to offer or to accept an appointment if a match results. Failure to do so is a violation of the terms of agreement agreed to at the initial login to the site.  If a violation is confirmed, the applicant or program may be subject to penalties, as described in the Fellowship Council Violations Policy.

If you have any questions about the matching process, please contact the Fellowship Council office at 310-437-0555 or email info@fellowshipcouncil.org


On Scramble Day, January 17, 2018

If you do not match with a program, you will receive an email notification on January 17, 2018 between 9:00AM and 9:30AM (Pacific Time). You will then need to log into your account on fellowshipcouncil.org and click on Access Matching Process Site. From there, you may click on the Reports link and access the Available Programs report. You may contact any of the programs on that list directly regarding their open position. Programs will also have access to both your application and letters of recommendation via the Available Applicants report. To change your availability status at any time so that you are no longer on the Available Applicants report, log in to your account, click on your user name in the upper right hand corner, and select “No” on the Available line. For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document and the User Guide which will be available when the matching process system opens.


On Announcement of Fellowship Matches Day, January 18, 2018

Matching result notification emails will be sent on January 17, 2018 letting both programs and applicants know if they matched but additional details on who was matched will not be available until the Date of Announcement of Fellowship Matches, January 18, 2018 between 9:00AM and 9:30AM (Pacific Time). At that time you may also log into your account (log into your account on fellowshipcouncil.org and click on Access Matching Process Site) to view the matching process results.

Once you have logged into your account, your matched program will be highlighted on your “My Programs” list in the left hand column in green. You and the program may begin to contact each other directly once you have matched. If you have not matched, your page will list “You did not match any of the fellowship programs on your rank list”.

In addition, the following reports will also be available on January 18, 2018 through your account:

-Available Programs by State
-Matching Process Outcomes by State
-Matching Process Statistics

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document and the User Guide, which will be available when the matching process system opens.