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The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Cancer Institute is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits four fellows per year.

The Hematology Track is a separate, two-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.

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Program Details

The combined program will prepare the trainee for obtaining board certification in both Hematology and Oncology. The two-year Hematology Program will prepare the trainee for obtaining board certification in Hematology.

To be a candidate for this ACGME-approved training position, the qualified candidate will be completing (or already has completed) a three-year ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency. It is expected that the candidate be board-eligible for internal medicine by the start of the training program.

The three-year combined Hematology/Oncology Fellowship aims to provide a strong foundation across the wide spectrum of hematology and oncology clinical medicine. Fellows will have an opportunity to build their skills in general hematology and oncology and work with content experts while building practical and professional development skills. Through a combination of outpatient clinic experiences supplemented by inpatient and consult services, fellows will be prepared for independent practice and careers with a focus of their choosing. The first 18 months of training are dedicated to foundations of practice through a combination of inpatient consult and outpatient clinical experiences. The second 18 months are individualized based on each fellow’s career goals with dedicated curriculum guided by 4 noncompetitive tracks:

  • Generalist Track: Ideal for those interested in community based practice
  • Disease Focus Track: Ideal for those interested in academic medicine with a clinical research interest
  • Research Track/ABIM Pathway: Ideal for those interested in academic medicine with a lab or translational-based research
  • Clinical Educator Track: Ideal for those interested in academic medicine with a clinical education interest

The two-year Hematology Track within the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship is intended to equip trainees with the knowledge and skills needed to address complex problems in blood diseases, with a focus on benign hematology. Trainees in the two-year Hematology Track will be required to develop individual research projects to be completed within six months of the two-year fellowship. A third year in either clinical or basic/translational research will be facilitated for trainees who successfully complete the two-year program and are committed to a career in academic medicine.

The Graduate Medical Education Office coordinates residents interested in participating in a Hematology/Oncology elective at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Learn more about visiting residents here.

Program Highlights

  • Varied experience
    • University academic hospital – 90 to 100% of time spent at university hospital
    • Affiliated VA hospital
    • Community-based elective at affiliated sites
  • Stem cell transplant program (allogeneic, autologous and CAR-T therapy)
  • Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center of Central Pennsylvania
  • Sickle cell clinic
  • Cancer genetics program
  • Health population sciences
  • Palliative care medicine
  • Pediatric hematology/oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Cooperative group affiliation
  • Opportunity to participate in basic science, laboratory research or clinical trial
  • Dedicated Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Office: Big Ten network, ACRIN, ECOG, NSABP, RTOG, pharmaceutical industry trials

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General Application Information

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), and all applications are submitted through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Application Requirements: Hematology/Oncology Fellowship

  • Possess an MD or DO degree
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, permanent resident or holder of a J-1 training visa per institutional policies
  • Have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency training program

Application Requirements: Hematology Track

  • Possess an MD or DO degree, or a doctoral degree in a related discipline
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, permanent resident or holder of a J-1 training visa per institutional policies
  • Have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency training program
  • Have a commitment to a career focused on benign hematology, with a specific interest in hemostasis and thrombosis

What to Submit

Applicants will need to submit the following information through ERAS:

  • ERAS application
  • CV
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from the residency program director)
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE scores
  • Personal statement
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The core faculty in the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship and the Hematology Track are full-time academic physicians committed to patient care, teaching and laboratory and clinical research.

Many allied faculty at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and affiliated institutions participate in training the fellows.

Faculty research interests include endocrine oncology, transplant immunology, LGL leukemia, bleeding and clotting disorders, bone metastases, tumor biology and population science.

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  • Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
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  • Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
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400 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

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  • Clinical services offered at the institute in Hershey, Pa., as well as in State College, Pa. (in partnership with Mount Nittany Health) and Reading, Pa., at Penn State Health St. Joseph
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In keeping with this, Penn State Health has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:

  • Talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion through Inclusion Academy
  • Regular events on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
  • An allyship support group
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    • Group on Women in Medicine and Science
    • Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
    • LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
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    • Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Division of Hematology/Oncology
500 University Dr., Mailcode CH46
Hershey, PA 17033-0850

Curriculum Details

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Sections involved in the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship include:

  • Continuity clinic with individualized cohort of patients for different disease types
  • Outpatient Foundations Clinic rotations
  • Hematology consultation service
  • Oncology consultation service
  • Inpatient hematology/oncology team
  • Hematology lab/blood bank
  • Gynecologic oncology and genetics
  • Lebanon VA Hospital
  • Community practice elective at affiliated sites
  • Palliative care
  • Radiation oncology therapy
  • Stem cell transplant
  • Research
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The Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) is a twice-a-year chart review that serves as the ACGME-required Practice-Based Learning improvement project. Learn more about QOPI here.

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Didactic learning includes the following:

  • ACGME Core Competency Lecture Series
  • Cancer Institute Interdisciplinary Conference
  • Hematology/Oncology Grand Rounds
  • Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Schwartz Center Rounds
  • Fellows’ noon conferences are held Monday-Friday on the following topics:
    • High Yield Disease Based Management topics by Heme/Onc Faculty
    • Biostatistics
    • Journal club
    • Ethics and communications
    • Genetics
    • Pharmacology
    • Board review
    • Peripheral slide series
    • Fellow tumor board
    • Hematology case conference
    • Benign hematology conference series
    • Fellow Feedback Sessions
  • Tumor-specific conferences
    • Brain tumor
    • Breast
    • G.I. foregut tumor conference
    • G.I. conference
    • G.U.
    • Head and neck
    • Melanoma & cutaneous malignancies
    • Sarcoma
    • Thoracic
    • Malignant hematology
    • Benign hematology
    • GYN
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Evaluations of the fellows will be completed using the following methods:

  • Individual semi-annual reviews
  • Multisource (360-degree) evaluations
  • Self-assessments
  • Systematic annual program review
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  • Each fellow must attend a conference for bone marrow biopsy training.
  • Each fellow must complete five supervised marrows with either an experienced APP or senior fellow with satisfactory sampling. Each fellow will be assigned to an experienced APP team or senior fellow to complete five supervised marrows in their first month of fellowship
  • After completion of five supervised marrows, each fellow must arrange to have one witnessed bone marrow biopsy by the program director or associate program director or other approved hematology attending with satisfactory sampling. Attending will “sign off” on fellow’s ability to perform marrows on their own.

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Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center accept ongoing nominations for the Exceptional Moments in Teaching award.

The award, given monthly by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment, accepts nominations from College of Medicine students who are invited to submit narratives about faculty members, residents, fellows, nurses or any other educators who challenge them and provide an exceptional learning experience. See more about the award here.

Previous nominees from the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship are listed here. Click the + next to a nominee name to read their nominator’s comments.

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