I had a disappointingly negative experience applying to this fellowship. Applied for the Spring 2016 outpatient internal medicine cohort. I was told to expect to hear by mid October if I would be receiving an interview in early November. In late October I was told that they suddenly decided not to enroll any primary care cohort for Spring 2016 but would allow me to be considered for another fellowship track, so I chose urgent care. There was no communication on their end until this week (2nd week of November) when I finally received an email simply stating, again, that they would not enroll any primary care fellows this spring. I emailed back stating that I had already asked to be considered for the urgent care position. I was promptly told that, in fact, urgent care would not accept my application and that if I wanted a fellowship I would have to apply again next year. The entire process left me with an overwhelmingly negative view of Carolinas Healthcare System. I am including excerpts of emails to illustrate how poorly executed the process was:
So, my experience went like this:
Applied in mid August for outpatient Internal Medicine. Required lengthy application with personal statements, original transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.
Aug 30th received confirmation that my application had been received.
No communication until October 21st when they stated:
"We have just been notified that we will only be accepting Primary Care Fellows once a year starting in 2017. October 2017 will be the yearly start date for Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. If you would like to choose a different specialty so that you may be eligible for the April 2017 cohort-please respond back to this email with that certain specialty – no later than Monday, 10/24 noon. "
I replied on October 21st and asked to be considered for the urgent care fellowship.
No communication until November 10th when they stated: "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we have moved our Primary Care tracks to an annual start date. This meaning we will only accept applications/Fellows for the October start dates! If you would like for us to hold your application and move it to the upcoming cycle, please let us know. We look forward to reviewing your applications in the Spring(deadline April 1, 2017) for the Fall 2017 ACP Fellowship Cohort. Please let me know if you have any questions."
I replied and asked what was the status of my urgent care application and was told: "Urgent Care declined all Primary Care requests. Would you like me to carry your application over to next cycle?"
At that point, I declined to continue with the process.