Research and Fellowship
Hematology/Oncology Training Program
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Mark Agulnik, MD, Director
Alexander C Minella, MD, Assistant Director
Anaadriana Zakarija, MD, Assistant Director
Mission Statement and Goals of Fellowship Training
The Northwestern University Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is dedicated to training and mentoring academic leaders in medical oncology and hematology. Candidate selection is based upon evidence of both superior clinical ability and a commitment to an investigative career in basic science, clinical research or public health/outcomes research.
The Northwestern curriculum is designed to provide thorough exposure to the clinical practice of hematology and medical oncology, while providing maximum educational content. Clinical rotations have been formulated to promote scholarly academic discussion among fellows, faculty and allied health professionals. Thus, while the clinical component includes patient care, the program is education-oriented. This three-year ACGME and ABIM approved fellowship leads to board eligibility in Medical Oncology and Hematology. An alternative track leading to double certification in Medical Oncology and Palliative Care is also available.
The program will assure the trainees of competence in all areas of hematology/oncology and will prepare the trainee for a career in academic medicine. During their training, Hematology/Oncology fellows receive broad practical experience in Medical Oncology and Hematology through rotations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and Jesse Brown VHA Medical Center under the guidance of faculty mentors in the Feinberg School of Medicine Throughout the training period, in addition to clinical rotations, fellows participate in Hematology/Oncology clinics held up to three times each week at the Jesse Brown VHA Medical Center and the multispecialty outpatient offices of Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation (NMFF), the Faculty Group Practice of the Feinberg School of Medicine.
The 4-5 fellows selected annually each receive three-year stipends. Many fellows are supported by institutional training grants from the National Cancer Institute. Each fellow designs a research curriculum with the guidance of a mentor and a faculty advisory committee. As part of the training program, fellows will receive mentorship in applying for and obtaining independent funding in the area of their research interest. for those trainees demonstrating significant promise and productivity in clinical or basic laboratory research, additional training opportunities may be available, including a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Investigation.