The Fellowship Council recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some additional challenges that fellowship programs may be faced with in the coming application and match cycle. Specifically, U.S. medical licensing examinations have been postponed, which may mean international applicants may be unable to meet eligibility criteria for licensing in some states. In addition, national limitations on H-1B and J-1 visas in the U.S. may also create problems for some applicants.
In order to protect both your program and the fellowship applicant, it is incumbent on you as the program director to ensure that any applicant whom you consider for your rank list will be able to meet all eligibility criteria for licensing and privileges in your state or province and institution.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly. Thank you.