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Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program History

The Residency Review Committee approved residency training program in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine under the direction of Dr. Wayne Alexander, Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, Dr. Lorenzo Difrancesco, Program Director, J. Willis Hurst Internal medicine Residency Program, and Dr. Martha Arellano, Hematology and Medical Oncology Program Director. The program has evolved over the past 39 years. Dr. Arellano became the 5th Program Director in 2015 succeeding Drs Charles Huguley, Laurence Harker, James Eckman, and Ruth O’Regan. The program has had over 200 Hematology and Medical Oncology graduates since its inception.

The Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program was designed for MDs with Board Certification in Internal Medicine, or have completed their training and intend to become certified in Internal Medicine; and have long-term career goals in academic medicine. Eligible applicants are considered for a possible position based on their: academic credentials, ability, overall preparedness, communication skills, aptitude, personal qualities (such as motivation and integrity), and other written criteria developed by the Program Director and approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. In the past 7 years, over 1700 candidates have applied to the program.

Presently, the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship program is offered by the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. The three-year fellowship leads to board eligibility in medical oncology and hematology. The four or five fellows selected annually each receive three-year stipends. Fellows who are interested in additional research training and have obtained faculty sponsorship may apply to federal or private agencies for research funding during subsequent years.

During the first year of training, Hematology and Medical Oncology fellows receive broad practical experience in medical oncology and hematology through rotations at Emory University Hospital, Winship Cancer Institute, Atlanta VA, Grady Memorial Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. During the 3 year training period, in addition to clinical rotations, fellows have 18 months dedicated to research. Over the past 3 years, 7 of our graduates became Hematology and Medical Oncology Faculty members.