Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

The Northwestern University Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program trains and mentors academic leaders in medical oncology and hematology.  Four to five fellows are selected annually and receive three-year stipends. The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to expose fellows to the clinical practice of hematology and oncology and includes patient care.  The program is education-oriented and leads to board eligibility in Medical Oncology and Hematology.



The Fellowship Program will give incoming fellows exposure to all areas of hematology/oncology and prepare the trainee for a career in academic medicine. The trainees will gain experience through 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.  Trainees will participate in Hematology/Oncology clinics held up to three times each week at the Jesse Brown VHA Medical Center and the multispecialty outpatient office at Northwestern Medicine.


Each trainee will have an annual stipend and design a research curriculum with the guidance of a mentor and a faculty advisory committee. The first year of the Fellowship Program trainees will be exposed to various faculty mentors in the fields of clinical research, health outcomes research, and basic cancer research and select a mentor. Trainees can choose from two research tracks: Clinical Research and Basic Research.

Clinical Research focuses primarily on guiding the trainee in identifying the critical clinical questions affecting patients, advise the trainee in the logistical issues involved in trial design, drug procurement and procedures and policies of the institutional review board and other regulatory agencies needed to actualize a clinical trial. Research focuses on basic cancer research and requires the completion of a laboratory research project and the publishing and presentation of results.

 Clinical Experience

During the 18-24 months of clinical training, Hematology/ Oncology fellows rotate through nine major clinical services: the inpatient malignant hematology service of NMH, the inpatient solid tumor oncology service of NMH, an outpatient solid tumor oncology rotation within the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center inpatient and outpatient rotation, Northwestern hematology consultation service, Northwestern oncology consultation service, the stem cell transplantation service, the Northwestern palliative care service, and Hematopathology/Transfusion Medicine. These settings give fellows opportunities to care for patients with a broad range of oncologic and hematologic conditions. In addition, each fellow maintains an outpatient, continuity of care clinic(s) at Northwestern Medicine or VA site clinics where the trainees have a major role in the diagnosis, initial and ongoing treatment of a group of patients. Fellows also participate on consult services where they participate in the care of patients with a variety of disease states in various stages of clinical presentation and treatment. Each location of clinical experience works together to ensure that trainees are exposed to a wide variety of hematologic and oncologic problems in order to prepare for the intensive, mentored immersion in clinical or basic/transitional investigation.

 Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine.  We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity please see the following resources:

 Requirements and Eligibility

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at Northwestern University is specifically oriented to train physicians with an interest in academic medicine. It is three years in duration and includes all of the American Board of Internal Medicine requirements for eligibility for board certification in both medical oncology and hematology. In addition, up to 18 months of protected laboratory time is available for fellows with an interest in laboratory-based research. Alternatively, individuals with an interest in clinical research are provided with a curriculum to develop a career in clinically based academic medicine.

At the present time, only residents who are in an ACGME accredited residency program in a US hospital are considered, and if not permanent US residents, individuals must already have an appropriate VISA that will permit a three-year stay for training (usually a "J" VISA). Appointment is contingent with receipt of a valid Illinois Permanent License.

 Application Process

Applications to the Northwestern Hematology/Oncology Fellowship are accepted exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  To apply, please visit the ERAS website and follow the directions for Fellowship Applicants.  Applications and related documents submitted without the use of ERAS will not be considered.  

Applications must have the following information:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Three letters of recommendation and one Dean's letter.
  3. Your curriculum vitae.
  4. Personal statement about your interest in the fellowship in Hematology/Oncology as well as your future plans.
  5. Transcript from medical school and USMLE scores, ECFMG if foreign.
  6. Illinois license if applicable.
  7. Copy of J visa if applicable.

More Information

Further program details, including our housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center Graduate Education site. Likewise, we recommend reading through our FREIDA listing (program number 155-16-21-016).

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Barbara Pro, MD

Program Director

Hematology and Oncology

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Graduate Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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