Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Overview

About Us

Welcome to the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at UNC Health Blue Ridge located in Morganton, North Carolina. We are excited that you have chosen to review our program and that you have decided to further your career in Gastroenterology. This site was developed to answer most, if not all, of your questions about fellowship training at UNC Health Blue Ridge and life in Morganton.

Admission and Eligibility

Our Gastroenterology Medicine Fellowship is open to Internal Medicine graduates from ACGME or AOA residencies completed within the United States. Applications will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The UNC Health Blue Ridge Gastroenterology fellowship works with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to sponsor J1 Visa’s.

Our Hospital

UNC Health Blue Ridge is a comprehensive, multi-specialty center in rural western North Carolina. The hospital draws from a diverse population in the region and fellows are well trained to identify and manage a variety of gastroenterology issues.

UNC Health Blue Ridge is also affiliated with Atrium Health's main campus in Charlotte, NC. This campus has a long history of graduate medical education and over 300 residents and fellows in training. Our Fellows spend rotations in Hepatology and Advanced Endoscopy at this campus during their tenure at CHS Blue Ridge.

Our Clinic

The gastroenterology fellows’ clinic is located on the UNC Health Blue Ridge Morganton campus. Each fellow has a weekly clinic session where they will participate in establishing care and managing chronic gastrointestinal diseases with a subset of patients assigned to them. Additionally, we participate in clinic with attendings in ambulatory settings in Marion, Valdese, and Morganton.

Fellowship Program Highlights

  • Warm, supportive environment with approachable staff
  • Comprehensive didactics to expand and supplement gastrointestinal knowledge
  • Opportunities for community and quality-improvement research
  • Diverse patient population and pathology
  • Good balance between service and education
  • Teaching and working closely with internal medicine residents
  • Shared call among fellows
  • Transplant hepatology and advanced gastroenterology rotations available at Atrium Health’s main campus located in Charlotte, North Carolina; housing provided
  • Ability to moonlight with board certification in Internal Medicine


To inspire community engagement, professionalism and leadership through excellence in patient care, quality improvement and education. 
"Friend and neighbors, taking care of friends and neighbors"


  1. To graduate community conscious, humanistic, professional doctors who work to enhance life through quality patient care. 
  2. We strive to have graduating fellows prepared for patient care in all settings and ready for future advances in technology so they can further their practice and enhance their ability to care for their patient population. 
  3. To graduate physician leaders who advocate for cost-effective and safe health care delivery. 
  4. To train GI physicians to be cognizant of the needs of vulnerable populations, work to address healthcare disparities and bias, and improve the population health in their community.

See a video introduction to Graduate Medical Education at UNC Health Blue Ridge

See a tour of our facilities led by Gastroenterology fellow, Kirk Carver, DO


Please visit the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) website to begin the fellowship application process.

Recruitment Book

View our Graduate Medical Education Recruitment Booklet [PDF]