Career selection trends among recent gastroenterology fellowship graduates

Laith Numan, Fouad Jaber, Nedaa M. Husainat, Zarir Ahmed, Michelle Baliss, Soumojit Ghosh, Ahmad Najdat Bazarbashi, Jennifer Palagiri

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Various career paths exist for gastroenterology (GI) fellowship graduates across the country. These include further training, clinical or nonclinical job opportunities. Clinical career paths for those seeking jobs include academic positions or nonacademic positions (nonacademic hospital employed and private practice jobs). Data regarding career placement trends are limited. This study aims to explore temporal trends in career selection among new GI graduates. This is an observational cohort study. A list of GI fellowship programs was obtained from the FREIDA American Medical Association database. Programs with sufficient information on past graduate or alumni career placement after fellowship between 2017 and 2022 were included. Baseline characteristics and relevant information were collected. A Chi-square test was performed to assess the relationship between the categorical variables. A total of 203 GI fellowship programs were reviewed, among which only 21% (43/203) reported sufficient graduate career information. Across the 43 programs, 636 graduates were included. Thirty-three percent (210/636) of graduates were female. Forty-eight percent (308/636) of the graduates pursued nonacademic positions (nonacademic hospital employed and private practice jobs), 34% (216/636) into academic positions, and 17% (112/636) elected to do additional fellowship training. Both males and females were more likely to be employed in private practice (X2 = 12.8, df = 2, P = .002). Navigating through the decision-making process of selecting the first job after fellowship can be challenging. Our study reveals higher preference for nonacademic roles among graduates, consistent over 5 years, suggesting need to explore obstacles for academic positions or further training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E36318
JournalMedicine (United States)
Issue number50
StatePublished - Dec 15 2023


  • academic
  • career
  • gastroenterology fellows
  • private
  • selection


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