Overview/How to Apply

We are committed to providing an excellent, comprehensive training environment that produces well-trained hematologists/oncologists proficient in clinical, research, and academic endeavors.

Program Summary

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is a three-year program with training in both clinical and basic science research. The clinical training qualifies fellows for board certification in both hematology and oncology. The first year for most fellows consists of clinical rotations, including a dedicated outpatient rotation, inpatient hematology and oncology consultations, inpatient leukemia/lymphoma service, bone marrow transplantation and electives. The second and third years are more flexible and are tailored to the specific needs of the individual fellows, involving approximately three months of patient-directed training each year with the remainder of the time devoted to academic research.

A variety of research experiences are available for fellows. These include basic or translational research experience in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, health policy and outcomes research with the UNC Gillings School of Public Health (ranked the top public school of public health in the nation by US News and World Report, 2012), as well as clinical trials research. This program provides preparation for dual or single board certification in hematology and/or oncology. We have four mentored tracks consisting of classical hematology, public health and health outcomes, oncology, and clinical practice. We also participate in the ABIM Research Pathway or “short track” program. Residents may track into this pathway from programs at UNC or elsewhere. At the end of training, graduates will be well qualified to pursue academic careers and independent biomedical research or private practice.

Clinical Rotations

First year:

The first year of fellowship consists of clinical rotations and didactic training in oncology and classical hematology. A variety of clinical rotations are available to expose trainees to full breadth of the oncology and hematology specialties. These include Inpatient Medical Oncology, Inpatient Malignant Hematology Service, Bone Marrow Transplantation Service, and the Classical Hematology Consult Service.

The outpatient fellow rotates through a variety of clinics that deal with hematologic and malignant diseases. Our clinics include hemophilia and clotting disorders, sickle cell disease, and multidisciplinary clinics in thoracic oncology, breast oncology, neuro-oncology, melanoma, gastrointestinal oncology, genitourinary oncology, head and neck oncology, and hematologic oncology.

The majority of clinical experiences take place in the newly opened state-of-the-art NC Cancer Hospital. The NC Cancer Hospital is nationally ranked and is a 315,000 square foot facility which houses inpatients, outpatient adult and pediatric oncology clinics, chemotherapy infusion, radiation oncology, radiology, pharmacy, supportive care, and conference facilities with telemedicine capacity under one roof. This architecturally welcoming building provides an atmosphere conducive to healing and learning.

Second Year and Beyond:

Early in the first year, fellows are presented with options for specialized or research training to enable them to tailor a program to meet their individual goals. In the second year, fellows embark on a personalized training plan.

Clinical expectations during this year will vary depending on the intended board certification requirements and ultimate career plan. All fellows maintain a continuity clinic as described below. Fellows are encouraged to attend any of the diverse scientific conferences hosted by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, including monthly Hematology and Oncology Grand Rounds series. Fellows are also expected to present their research accomplishments annually at a Hematology/Oncology Division seminar series.

The UNC environment provides an excellent training and clinical experience, and we expect that every graduate will be competitive and well-qualified for success as an academic physician-scientist.

Continuity Clinics - During the first year, fellows have two half days of clinic per week comprised of six months each of Malignant Hematology, Breast, Lung, and GI core clinics. In the second year, fellows maintain one half day of continuity clinic in six month blocks of GU and Classical Hematology. In the third year, fellows maintain one half day of continuity clinic in an area of their own designation.

Elective Rotations - Elective rotations include gynecologic oncology, radiation oncology, palliative care, transfusion medicine, and hematopathology, genetics, and others.

Didactics and Conferences - The Monday Divisional Conference includes Morbidity and Mortality Rounds, Faculty Research, Case of the Month, and Schwartz Center Rounds. The Schwartz Center Rounds is a multidisciplinary forum where caregivers discuss the social, emotional, and ethical aspects of patient care. In addition, each specialty clinic has a weekly multidisciplinary conference that exemplifies the spirit of collaborative medicine at UNC. In addition, didactic sessions targeted to the fellows occur several times per week throughout fellowship and cover all aspects of hematology and oncology, including board review.

To Apply

Application for the program should be made in the final year of the applicant’s house staff training or later. Applications should be submitted before the end of August, 10 months before matriculation is desired. We participate in the Medical Specialty Matching Program (MSMP). Occasionally, unexpected openings sometimes occur after match so that, qualified applicants interested in our program should contact the department even past appropriate deadlines.

The Division of Hematology/Oncology accepts applications on the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Fellowship Application website. The following documents should be submitted to the ERAS electronic document office:

    • Personal statement describing your long term career goals and plans for research
    • Three letters of recommendation: one letter of reference from the program director of the residency program in which the applicant has most recently served; and two letters of reference from members of the medical staff of the hospital affiliated with the sponsoring institution of that residency program
    • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)/Dean's Letter
    • Medical School Transcript
    • USMLE scores
    • Wallet-sized color photo


      *The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill only accepts J1 visas and permanent residents.*

      The July 1, 2014 fellowship positions have been filled.

      Important Dates:

      ERAS opens to applicants July 1, 2014 (There will be 6 first year fellowship positions to fill.)

      Programs begin to download applicant information July 15, 2014

      Last date for submitting all required material through ERAS to be eligible for an interview (September 15, 2014)

      Interviews for Mondays (September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6), 2014

      Interviews for Fridays (September 12, 19, 26), 2014

      Match Results December 4, 2014

      Fellowship Training Begins July 2015

      H1 visas are not sponsored.

      If you have questions regarding the program or its application process please contact our Fellowship Program Coordinator, Terri King.


      Last updated 4-28-2014.