Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology is aimed at the trainee whose goal is a career in academic medicine.

Hematology/Oncology fellow and patient

Fellows receive training in an accredited program focused on developing medical knowledge, clinical skills and judgment, self-assessment, proficiency in communication, professional attitudes and behavior, competence performing medical procedures, research skills, teaching proficiency, humanistic qualities, and a commitment to scholarship.  Applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited residency program by the fellowship start date.

  • Clinical Experience
  • Research Training
  • Education & Scientific Committees
  • Eligibility & Application
  • Vacation & Benefits
  • Current Fellows
  • Clinical Experience

    During the three-year training program, time is distributed to ensure that fellows develop both clinical and research expertise. The program provides approximately 12 months in the first year and 1-2 months in the 2nd and 3rd yr exclusively for clinical work, complimented by 20 months of protected time for hypothesis-driven research during years 2 and 3.

    Year 1 of the fellowship is designed to develop clinical skills through direct inpatient and outpatient care. In addition, fellows supervise and teach pediatric residents and medical students in the care of hospitalized pediatric hematology/oncology and blood and marrow transplant patients. During the first year, fellows will be assigned as the primary physician of 10-20 newly diagnosed patients whom they will follow for the three years of the fellowship.

    In addition, trainees provide consultations to the emergency department and other pediatric and surgical specialties, thereby gaining familiarity with the hematologic and oncologic manifestations of a broad spectrum of pediatric illnesses. First-year fellows will complete rotations in Hematopathology, Blood Banking, Neuro-Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Coagulation.

    The University of Minnesota Divisions of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation have several clinical programs from which our fellows gain experience. The Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Fanconi Anemia and Leukemia Programs each offer unique opportunities for our fellows to gain expertise in these areas.  

  • Research Training

    Years 2-3 of the fellowship are devoted primarily to hypothesis-driven research projects. The program offers two distinct research tracks, focusing on either (1) laboratory research or (2) clinical research. Fellows interested in academic careers in clinical research may obtain Master’s of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degrees from the University of Minnesota. Based on the fellows long-term academic career objectives and interests, selection of the research track and specific research projects are made by the fellow in conjunction with their faculty advisors and future research mentors, prior to the end of the first year of fellowship.

    During the 2nd year of fellowship, fellows will take part in a weekly half-day hematology continuity clinic to further develop their training and expertise in benign hematology with outpatient management of hemoglobinopathies, bleeding/clotting disorders and general hematology. Fellows will have the opportunity to continue this weekly clinic during their 3rd year of training if they so choose.

    Year 4 - Under specific circumstances, the option of a fourth year of fellowship is possible. In those situations where a fourth year is approved, the full effort of the fellow is devoted to research.

  • Education & Scientific Committees

    Fellows participate in a wide range of conferences throughout their training. The weekly fellow’s conference covers the general topics in the fields of pediatric hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplantation. In addition, a series of core lectures are presented to the fellows early in their first year of training, covering acute and emergent problems in hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplant along with how to give a “New Diagnosis” talk to the patient and their families.

    Throughout the three-year training program, fellows participate in weekly Tumor Conferences which include presentations of new cases, discussions of plans for patient management and follow up, and reviews of the literature. They also take part in a twice monthly Hematopathology Conference where peripheral smears, bone marrow aspirates/biopsies and flow cytometry are reviewed on both malignant and benign hematology patients. Other weekly conferences include Neuro-Oncology Conference, Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Conference, Bone Marrow Transplant Research Conference, Hematology/Oncology Journal Club (monthly), Pediatric Morbidity & Mortality Conference and the Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds. Fellows may also attend ongoing seminar series through the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

    All fellows complete a core departmental fellowship curriculum that includes statistical analysis and study design, bioethics, and the development of skills in scientific writing and presentation.

    Fellows are encouraged to attend one scientific meeting each year with funding provided. Funding for travel to additional meetings may be available for fellows who are invited to present their research.

    In summary, fellows who complete their training at the University of Minnesota in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology will attain a high level of competence in both the clinical and research aspects of the field. They will not only have developed a strong foundation in the management of the common Hematologic and Oncologic diagnoses but will have gained particular proficiency in Hematopathology/ Flow Cytometry along with Blood and Marrow Transplantation, where the University of Minnesota is a world leader in the field.

    As evidence of the success and productivity of our fellows, follow this link for a collection of recent paper publications, poster abstracts and oral presentations and both internal/external grant funding that our fellows have received.

  • Eligibility & Application

    Eligibility

    Applicants must have completed at least two years of Pediatric training (preferably 3 years). U.S. citizenship is not required for fellowship; however, a J-1 visa is required for the training period. At least one year of training in the US is desirable.  Applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited residency program by the fellowship start date.

    Application, Interview, Selection Process

    Our program will accept applications only through ERAS and offer positions through the Match. Once your completed application has been reviewed, we will contact you regarding its status and the possibility of a visit to our institution for interviews with the program's faculty. Travel expenses up to $400 plus 1 night hotel accommodation will be paid. 

    Any questions about this process may be directed to:

    Rick Jacobson, Fellowship Coordinator & Executive Assistant
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    420 Delaware Street, MMC 484
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

    Phone:  612-626-5501
    email:  rickj@umn.edu 

    Information to be directed to ERAS:

    • Personal statement
    • Letter of intent & curriculum vitae (include your background, education and experience, long-term goals, and areas of interest)
    • 3 letters of recommendation (one of which should be from the director of your residency program).
    • Medical school transcript
    • USMLE Board Scores or COMLEX Scores
    • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)

    Note: A nationwide subspecialty match for Hematology/Oncology was enacted in 2001. Therefore, applicants for the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program will need to register with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and complete their interviews before April of the match year. Rank order lists for residents and programs will be submitted and the results announced per the schedule of the NRMP. Applicants with exceptional circumstances who are seeking positions outside of the match should contact the program director, Emily Greengard emilyg@umn.edu, at the earliest possible date.

  • Vacation & Benefits

    Vacation

    Fellows receive a total of 4 weeks of vacation each year which are typically taken in one week blocks.

    Benefits

    The following are provided to our fellows by the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology:

    • Travel to scientific/educational meetings, expenses covered up to $1,500 annually
    • Hematology, Oncology or BMT reference book
      (e.g. Oncology: Pizzo/Poplack, Hematology: Nathan/Oski)
    • Trainee Membership Society dues
      (AAP, ASCOASPHOASH, ASBMT)
    • ASPHO on-line Board Review Reimbursement
    • MN Medical License or MN Residency Permit
    • Individual computer and desk space are available for each fellow in the Fellows’ Room
    • Business cards
    • White laboratory coat
  • Current Fellows

    Rhonda Endecott, MD, MPH
    endec001@umn.edu
    Fellowship dates: 2019-2022

    Robert Galvin, MD
    rgalvin@umn.edu
    Fellowship dates: 2019-2022

    Takuto Takahashi, MD
    takah033@umn.edu
    Fellowship dates: 2018-2021

    Diana Lone, DO
    lone0067@umn.edu
    Fellowship dates: 2018-2021

    Asmaa Ferdjallah, MD
    asmaa@umn.edu
    Fellowship dates: 2017-2020

    Taumoha Ghosh, MD
    taumoha@umn.edu
    Fellowship dates: 2017-2020

    View our full list of graduates