The MedStar Health - Georgetown University Hospital Fellowship Program in Hematology and Oncology
The mission of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, housed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, is to provide a balanced program of clinical training and research experience in order to develop the best clinicians and investigators in the country.
Georgetown Lombardi faculty members oversee each fellow’s training experience. Members’ patient and research load is structured so that they and fellows can have extensive one-on-one contact. Significant emphasis also is placed on ongoing educational opportunities in which members and fellows work together to explore and resolve clinical problems.
Faculty members also work in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and are responsible for care of all hematology/oncology patients. All Georgetown Lombardi members who participate in the training program are full-time Georgetown University faculty.
Why train here
Georgetown’s Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for subspecialty training and offers a three-year program leading to eligibility for both subspecialty certifying examinations.
Our fellows flourish in an atmosphere of excellence in both clinical care and cutting edge clinical and basic research. Fellows spend about half of their clinical time during fellowship in a disease-specific clinic setting, and are expected to present frequently on topics of interest. In this setting, with an understanding of the mechanisms that underlie cancer development and drug activity, fellows acquire a solid foundation for patient care as well as for the integration of future developments in patient care.
The graduates of our program have entered all areas of hematology and medical oncology. About half of our fellows enter private practice, and half pursue an academic career. Some graduates have also entered government or industry. The division has also developed the career of some of its fellows by appointment to the Georgetown faculty.
The Clinical Training Program
Georgetown’s fellowship training program offers clinical training to prepare fellows for certification as follows:
The first year of clinical training for medical oncology and hematology fellows is focused on an in-depth clinical experience that integrates the fellows into the primary care of the division’s patients. The weekly outpatient schedule is divided into disease-specific clinics, which are attended by faculty with expertise in these diseases. The outpatient clinics are a major focus for clinical teaching. During patient visits, faculty members and fellows review patient management, disease response, and treatment selection. An integrated approach to patient management is stressed, including coordination of care with research nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and other disciplines, as indicated.
Additionally, from the onset of first year, fellows are assigned a mentor. This mentor works with the fellow to hone in on a career focus (research or clinical), guiding them through the fellowship to ensure the fellow is an expert in that focus by the end of the three years. Regardless of this focus, all fellows will be involved in a scholarly project (e.g., writing a review, protocol development) during their first year.
The second year of fellowship is divided between clinical and research time. Clinically, fellows will continue to grow in their mastery of clinical hematology and oncology. They will also have dedicated months free of clinical duties to focus on projects that they have developed with their mentor and other faculty members.
The third year schedule varies, depending upon the fellow’s future goals. Those intending to pursue an academic career use this year to focus on their research projects. Those intending on entering practice spend additional time in the various, disease-specific clinics.
We are pleased you are considering our fellowship training in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Georgetown University Hospital and the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our educational mission is to provide a balanced program of clinical training and research experience in order to develop the best clinicians and investigators in the country.
How to Apply through ERAS
Applications for the Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship Program are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). ERAS is an internet-based applications process developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges to transmit fellowship applications, letters of recommendation, Program Director letters, medical transcripts and other supporting credentials from applicants, residency programs and medical schools to fellowship program directors using the Internet. For information about the process or to register for ERAS on the web, please go to www.aamc.org/eras.
Board eligibility in Internal Medicine is required prior to starting fellowship. This typically requires current enrollment or completion of a 3-year residency in Internal Medicine in the United States.
The following materials must be submitted through ERAS no later than August 7th:
- ERAS application
- Curriculum vitae (ERAS format is acceptable)
- Personal statement
- Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) or “Dean’s letter”
- Three letters of recommendation, including one from Residency Program Director
- Medical school transcript
- USMLE Step 1 scores
- USMLE Step 2 scores
The deadline for applications for the July 2023 cycle is August 7, 2022. Interview invitations will be granted on a rolling basis. All interviews will occur on Mondays and Tuesdays in late August through October 2022. During the interview you will meet with fellows, Program Director, Assistant Program Director, and 3 or 4 additional faculty members. Please note that all interviews will be done virtually this year.
VISA POLICY: J1 visas are sponsored through MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. We currently do not have the ability to sponsor H1B visas.
For additional information on the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, please contact:
Mary Jennings Butler
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Lombardi Cancer Center, 2nd floor, Podium D
3800 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20007