Selection of the candidates is based on the principles of excellence. While individuals are selected based on merit and achievement, an effort is made to select individuals of diverse backgrounds. The level of performance expected from each fellow requires a full-time effort. While the program extends over three years, appointments are subject to annual review. Candidates for the Academic Clinical Investigator track must have a desire for research inquiry and commitment to pursuit of a career in academics. While previous research in GI motility, aerodigestive-GI tract interaction or neurogastroenterology/brain-gut interactions would be desirable for applicants for this track, it is not mandatory. Applicants for the Academic Clinical Investigator track must however be committed to developing a research career in one of these areas of inquiry.