University of Nebraska Medical Center

Selection Policy


To assure consistency in the methodology used to select pediatric gastroenterology subspecialty fellows.


Applications from candidates for available Pediatric GI subspecialty fellowship positions are solicited from any qualified candidate by advertisements, inclusion in national listings of programs in journals, national fellowship matches, the internet, direct mailings and personal communications.

Applicant Eligibility

Medical Education: Only the following individuals will be considered as applicants

  • You must be board eligible and/or board certified in Pediatrics
  • International Medical Graduates who have a valid ECFMG certificate or
  • Graduates of American Osteopathic Associate-accredited Osteopathic Medical Schools or
  • Graduated from a ACGME accredited medical school 

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and/or subcommittee must review and approve the applications of exceptionally qualified candidates before an offer of employment is extended to these persons.

USMLE Requirements:  All fellows must have passed USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3 or any equivalent examinations (COMLEX-USA or MCCQE) at the time they begin their fellowship training. Any Agreement of Appointment or offer letter will be contingent upon passing these examinations. Each applicant is responsible for providing copies of examination results to the program director.

Residents who have not passed the required USMLE (or equivalent exams) prior to their scheduled start date do not meet eligibility requirements and will be released from their appointment. Any exception to this policy due to specific circumstances must be approved by the UNMC GME Committee.

Candidates who have not satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency will be advised in writing by the program director to consult the American Board of Pediatrics regarding their eligibility for subspecialty certification.

Applications Process and Interviews

All applications will be processed through the Pediatric Gastroenterology office. Complete applications include the applicant’s CV, at least three letters of recommendations, scores for USMLE examinations, copies of ECFMG certification (if applicable), photograph, official deans letter and a personal statement describing the candidates’ career interest and goals. The Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Committee, composed of all pediatric gastroenterology clinical faculty at both UNMC and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (Children's) review applications that have been judged to be competitive by the Program Director. Interviews are extended to applicants based on their career interests and qualifications. Clearly outstanding candidates may be invited to interview prior to Committee review at the discretion of the Program Director. The Committee reviews other candidates and decides by majority to invite or not invite candidates for an interview.

There is a selection committee that ensures that the program selects from among eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, academic credentials, education, experience, career interests, medical school performance, letters of recommendations, USMLE scores, communication skills, motivation, integrity, and professionalism. 

Characteristics such as gender, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status or any other applicable legally protected status will not be used in the section procedure.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Selection of house staff through NRMP is preferable, when possible. Any selection of the house staff outside of the match is approved by the selection committee.

The program selection committee will rank the candidates for entrance into the NRMP, for selection based on qualifications.


Positions will be offered to applicants selected by the Fellowship Committee. Accepted offers of appointment must be reviewed and approved of by the UNMC Graduate Medical Education Committee.

The Program Director may not appoint more fellows than approved by their review committee.

Agreements of Appointment for all positions will be issued through the GMEC office following a review of eligibility.

Before any house officer may begin employment at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, he/she must successfully complete a pre‐employment background check. This also applies to obtaining a Nebraska state license or temporary education permit.

Contact Information

Jessie Coyer
Program Coordinator
TEL: 402-559-2412 | FAX: 402-559-9525
EMAIL: Jessie.coyer@unmc.edu

Ruben Quiros, MD
Program Director
TEL: 402-559-2412 | FAX: 402-559-9525
EMAIL: rquiros@unmc.edu