Application Process

Prospective Applicants

Application Process
Applicants interested in the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center should apply through the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) website:

Eligibility Criteria for Fellowship:
According to the AAGL, applicants for the fellowship training program must submit the following documents when applying:
The following documents must be included to complete your application:

  • Digital photo
  • Curriculum Vitae which includes your educational pedigree, all abstracts, presentations at regional and national meetings, publications, honors, awards and achievements.
  • Three letters of reference. One letter should be from your residency director.
  • Your residency ACGME case list brief summary (1 page).
  • Personal statement discussing your interest in pursuing MIGS training (1 page max).
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • TOEFL IBT certificate (if applicable)
  • Official copy of USMLE or LMCC transcript
  • If you are currently not a resident in training, provide the following:
    • A description of your current practice.
    • A list of all hospital staff and teaching appointments currently held, including types of privileges.
    • A copy of your malpractice policy.
Application Timeline
January- JuneApplications accepted through AAGL
JuneApplication deadline and match opens with NRMP
July-SeptemberInterview Season
SeptemberRank Order list deadline
OctoberMatch Day
July 1 (the following year)Fellowship starts

Selection Policy and Procedures

  1. When the application has been completed submitted to AAGL, it will be reviewed by the Program Director and Program Coordinator
  2. Selected applicants will be contacted via email or telephone and given instructions regarding scheduling an interview
  3. The interview process is conducted as follows:
    1. The applicant is advised to report to the Office of Graduate Medical Education
    2. The Program Director, selective faculty, and current Fellows (known as the selection committee) will interview the applicant. Each interviewer will complete an evaluation on each applicant, covering the following areas:
      1. Professional direction
      2. Personal characteristics and interpersonal communication skills
      3. Clinical competence
      4. Overall potential as a Fellow in our program
    3. Applicants may tour Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and meet other faculty, staff, and Fellows
      Each applicant’s file is reviewed and screened by the Program Director, Program Coordinator, and selection committee. The following criteria reviewed:
      1. Personal statement
      2. Transcript score
      3. COMLEX/USMLE scores
      4. Letters of Recommendation

All applicants who have been interviewed will be reviewed for ranking by the selection committee. A rank list will be created. The Program Director will contact applicants to follow-up and answer any additional questions. The final rank list is at the discretion of the Program Director and is confidential.

The Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Program invites applications without regard to sex, race, age, religion, ethnicity, national origin, non-restricting disabilities, sexual orientation and/or veteran status.

Fellow Appointment
The Department of Graduate Medical Education will assure that appointed Fellows are provided with written agreement/contract, renewable on an annual basis, which outlines the terms and conditions of their appointment to a program. A fellows’ initial agreement and subsequent renewal agreement will be issued by the Department of Graduate Medical Education. All questions pertaining to the agreement should be directed to the Office of Graduate Medical Education for clarification.

International Applicants

Any applicant for a GME program who has completed his/her medical education outside of the United States must obtain certification from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in order to participate in Good Samaritan’s GME program.

Non-U.S. citizens applying to Good Samaritan’s residency programs must either: (i) have unlimited authorization to work in the United States (such as a Green Card or Employment Authorization Document); or (ii) obtain J-1 visa sponsorship from the ECFMG.  Good Samaritan’s Graduate Medical Education staff will assist in the application for J-1 status.  If, for any reason, an applicant is unable to obtain sponsorship from the ECFMG, the applicant’s offer to participate in the residency program may be withdrawn.

Sponsorship for visas other than J-1 may be available for Fellowship programs on a case-by-case basis, upon prior approval by the Chairman of the Department of Graduate Medical Education.

Contact Information:
For additional information on the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, please contact the Department of Medical Education:
Stephanie Rodriguez, Coordinator
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
Department of Medical Education
1000 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY  11795
631/376-4163 - phone
631/376-3420 – fax    

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