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Application Guidelines

Applications are accepted through ERAS beginning on November 15 and continuing through the deadline. All applicants must participate in the National Residency Matching Program. Our fellowship matches one new fellow per academic year, with an exception every three year to accept two fellows.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria to be considered for a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology position:

  • graduates of US or Canadian medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME);
  • graduates of US colleges of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or,
  • graduates of medical schools outside the US or Canada who are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and meet one of the following criteria:
  • have US citizenship;
  • have permanent legal residency status in the US (green card); or,
  • have or be eligible to hold a J-1 Clinical Visa sponsored by ECFMG.

Note: The UWHC will not sponsor H-1 (temporary worker) visas)

We encourage our Second and Third year fellows to receive stipends through a NIH Training Grant, therefore, we require extra consideration when accepting applicants who on a Visa of any type. For more information regarding this policy, follow this NIH link and refer to the “Citizenship” section.

Application Materials Required

  • ERAS application
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation including one from your current Program Director

Interviews

Upon receipt of all application material, selected candidates will be contacted to arrange interviews. Most interviews are conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from January through early April.

Expectations of Qualified Candidates

  • Enthusiasm for a career in pediatric hematology and oncology
  • Sensitivity to, and readiness for, the life-altering nature of the diagnoses and treatments we encounter in pediatric hematology/oncology
  • Desire, through research, to provide a meaningful contribution to our understanding of the biology and treatment of pediatric hematologic or oncologic diseases
  • History of delivering excellent care to children through categorical pediatrics or medicine/pediatrics residency
  • Appropriately certified and residency-trained foreign medical graduates are invited to apply

Tips for Success in Finding the Right Fellowship

(by UW fellows)

  • All fellowships will have many features in common, as dictated by the accreditation process. Seek out the differences that will help you identify a program that is a good fit for your goals and needs.
  • Although fellowship applications can be a competitive process, it is important to identify your priorities in finding a good match and to seek out support for them in the programs you visit. For example:
    • Do you plan to spend your research time at a lab bench? How well protected is the research time at your chosen programs? What intramural funding is available to support basic research? How do fellows identify research mentors?
    • Do you envision a career primarily as a clinician or clinical investigator? How well supported is this choice at your chosen programs, in terms of specialized training and funding?
    • Do you wish to live in a certain area of the country? Are you looking for more urban or rural environments?
    • Will you be traveling with a partner or family? Will the availability of work for your partner be important?
    • Do you have (or plan to have) children? Is there an option for maternity or paternity leave for trainees? How affordable and comprehensive is the health insurance at your chosen programs? Is daycare easily obtainable? Are the schools reputable?
  • Speak to as many fellows as you can at the programs you visit.
    • Try to gauge how the fellows feel about their training experience.
    • Do graduating fellows feel well prepared for finding a job and continuing with their careers?
    • What do fellows feel are the greatest strengths of their program, and how do they feel it could be improved? How does the fellowship address efforts by fellows to improve their program?
  • Review fellowship websites and printed materials in order to build an understanding of the support that will be available for your clinical and research interests at each program.
  • Ask a lot of questions!

Last updated: 03/12/2014
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