Originally Posted by DrAkash
I need following information regarding fellowship programs for foreign residents (esp. for Neonatal Perinatal Medicine and Gastroenterology)
1) application procedure 2) duration from the time of application to beginning of the fellowship rotations 3) requirements for the same (apart from being ECFMG certified and residency training in home country) 4) Visa procedures..
Each fellowship prog will have different requirements. You will have to contact the program co-ordinator for the details.
As for the time required. . . taking all the steps of usmle and acquiring the ecfmg certificate will take anywhere between 1-2 years depending on your prep. ( Application for exams and verification of credentials takes 2-3 months. Even if you manage to give the exams in 8-10 months, all three steps, it will still take close to a year, and this is an optimum timeline, usually takes more time. )
Again this is not to discourage you, but to give you a clear idea of the time required.