We are very excited that you are beginning to take the steps towards a sub-specialty career! As a program, we are dedicated to your success. As successful graduates of this program, you are our greatest ambassadors and recruiters that will bring the next generation of outstanding house staff to the University of Colorado.
This guide was created to combine the expertise of the program directorate and the experiences of your colleagues into a concise document that will help to make you as competitive of a candidate as you can be. The fellowship application and interviewing experience can be confusing and stressful. This guide is just one piece of greater programmatic changes that we hope will provide clarity and minimize the stress associated with applying and interviewing for fellowship. The fellowship guide provides a longitudinal step-by-step description of the application process, obtaining and preparing for interviews, and the post-interview period leading up to your match day.
Please know that Dr. Connors and your associate program directors (specifically your sub-specialty APDs- Lisa Davis and Joe Burke) are here to support you and advocate for you throughout this process. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, concern, and needs.
Many thanks are owed to prior authors of this guide, including: Suzanne Brandenburg; Brian Graham and the associate program directors; Nicole Goodwin and Jennifer Weber in the House staff office; and your colleagues whose insights and quotes are contained in the document. As you progress through the fellowship experience, I would welcome your feedback so that we can continue to update and improve this document for future University of Colorado residents applying for fellowship.
Please note, we are annotating timelines as if the resident is applying in his/her PGY2 year, to start the fellowship at the completion of the PGY3 year (with no gap year). If this is not accurate to your situation, please adjust accordingly. Additionally, we have attempted to include the most up-to-date sites in this document, but please be aware that this may not always occur due to changes in the process, and the applicant is responsible for his or her application and the timeliness of it.
Lisa Davis, Joe Burke, and Lindsey Davis
Additional Resources and Comments
As stated in the guide, most fellowship interviews occur in September, October and November. If you are a Categorical R3 and are planning to apply to fellowship this upcoming cycle, your 22-23 schedule will be designed to allow for flexibility during these months. Although 100% of interviews may not be captured during this time, the object is to increase availability and flexible schedules for the time that the bulk of interviews will take place. Your Educational Leave does not need to be a week straight – those 7 days can be broken up to help with multiple interview dates. If you are applying to a large number of programs, in the event that your Educational Leave becomes exhausted, you can also take up to 3 additional days off under the Hopkins Modules make-up option. If you have an interview scheduled during an inpatient rotation, you will need to seek coverage from colleagues that you can repay.