A Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship is fast becoming the most coveted post-residency training position among surgical residents today. For a surgical resident, the career opportunities and subsequent clinical incomes are increasingly tied to the ability to procure post-residency MIS training. Some have already discovered how difficult it is to secure a MIS fellowship, experiencing vulnerability and lack of direction through the process. To address this and other related needs, a group of MIS and Surgical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy fellowship directors organized to form the Fellowship Council (FC). The FC provides a communication forum for disseminating information about fellowship programs, discussing fellowship issues, and communicating the Councilís positions to other organizations. The Council will also establish criteria for implementing and enriching fellowship programs and standardizing the fellowship application and selection process.