Fellowship Training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Currently, a career in pediatric hematology/oncology provides unparalleled opportunities to physicians with an interest in complex medical care, continuity care, research, and patient advocacy. We are delighted to provide this informational resource to our future colleagues. Please feel free to comment on the contents of this page. For more information, please e-mail the Training Committee.
To learn more about career opportunities in pediatric hematology/oncology, read the career overviews prepared by the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPs).
ASPHO Welcomes Trainee Members
Trainees enrolled in accredited pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship programs may join ASPHO at no fee by submitting a membership application and a letter of recommendation from their enrollment supervisor. The Group Application is an easy way for multiple Fellows from the same institution to join and benefit from the Society’s professional development, education, and networking resources early in their career. Membership for Fellows is automatically renewed through the third year of fellowship.
The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) requires pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs to be 3 years in length, allowing adequate time to develop required clinical skills and to explore research projects. All fellows are expected to have completed a scholarly product by the end of 3 years, which must be approved by the program director and scholarship oversight committees for graduation of training and eligibility for sub-board certification. For more information, please refer to the American Board of Pediatrics website or Council of Pediatric Subspecialties website, on which ASPHO is well represented.
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
There are 70 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship programs in the United States. Program size varies from 1–6 fellows per year and in faculty size and clinical volume. Fellowship applicants should refer to resources such as FREIDA, the American Board of Pediatrics, and ACGME for specific program information, updated annually by each program. ACGME regularly reviews fellowship programs for accreditation, and review results for individual programs are available on the ACGME website.
Post-PHO Fellowship Program Directory
In an effort to assist graduating PHO fellows looking to further subspecialize, members of the ASPHO Early Career Council and the Training Committee have created the Post-PHO Fellowship Program Directory, a database of subspecialty fellowships of interest to PHO graduates. This is the first single listing of post-PHO training options. The information in this database has been provided directly from program directors at the institutions listed and will be updated bi-annually. The database does not include any ACGME accredited fellowships, as those can already be found on the ACGME website.
Application for Fellowships
Fellowship applicants submit application materials through ERAS for pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training. Applications are accepted by ERAS from late November through early December and are reviewed by programs through February. Interviews typically occur between January and April. Pediatric hematology/oncology programs have accepted fellows through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) for several years and continue to do so. Match dates are in May. Fellowship applicants are encouraged to visit both ERAS and the NRMP sites for updated information regarding application.
ASPHO Fellowship Program Directors Advisory Group
The Fellowship Program Directors Advisory Group welcomes Program Directors and Assistant Program Directors of all U.S. ACGME -accredited fellowship programs in hematology/oncology. This group provides input and feedback to ASPHO's Training Committee in all aspects of graduate and post-graduate medical education in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. While this primarily focuses on fellowship education, it aslo includes resident and medical student education. The Advisory Group gives guidance on educational curricula and systems of evaluation and helps develop workshops and educational materials for faculty development. The Advisory Group advises on national recruitment activities for our subspecialty.