Welcome to the Fellowship Program in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Our program is dedicated to offering our patients compassionate and competent care while providing fellows with a state-of-the-art medical education.

Fellows have the opportunity to work with patients from a wide variety of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Our institution emphasizes the need to overcome healthcare barriers and reduce disparities between different socio-economic levels of patients and we accomplish this mission by delivering quality care to all individuals.

Fellows complete inpatient and outpatient rotations at our university hospital and a number of affiliated hospitals in the Chicago area to obtain exposure to a wide assortment of oncologic and hematologic disorders. Off-site experiences include rotations at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital, Mercy Hospital and MacNeal Hospital. The program also offers special rotations in blood banking, hematopathology, stem cell transplantation, and sickle cell disease.

In recent years, our clinical and research faculty has been significantly expanded, providing fellows with more individualized learning and greater access to different research projects.

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at UIC has been oriented towards training physicians that have an interest in academic medicine. The program lasts three years and includes all of the American Board of Internal Medicine requirements board certification eligibility in both medical oncology and hematology. The program can accommodate physicians interested in both laboratory-based research as well as clinical research. The program offers 18 months of protected laboratory to fellows that are interested in laboratory-based research. Alternatively, individuals with an interest in clinical research are provided with a curriculum to develop a career in clinically based academic medicine.

We are currently only able to consider residents who are in ABIM approved residencies in US Hospitals. If applicants are not permanent US residents, they must already have an appropriate VISA that will permit them to stay in the US for the three-year training period. This is usually called a J Visa.


Research Experience

Fellows may pursue training in either clinical or basic type research that pertains to the discipline of Hematology or Medical Oncology. All research must be pursued with the supervision of a specified faculty mentor who agrees to the fellow’s participation and accepts responsibility for the fellow’s research training. In general, fellows are encouraged to primarily establish relationships with clinical or basic researchers within the Section of Hematology/Oncology. However, requests to pursue work with other investigators at the University of Illinois or outside institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Fellows should seek to define a research interest early in their training and identify an appropriate mentor before the end of their first year of training.

Special Educational Requirements

All fellows within the section of Hematology/Oncology are required to obtain certification on the Ethical conduct of Research with Human Subjects. The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects Training conducts seminars on a periodic basis. Copies of certificates provided to the fellow must be submitted to the Fellowship Review Committee.

All fellows are required to attend the Fall Symposium on Research Methodology and Ethics, which is sponsored by the Department of Gastroenterology (3 Saturday sessions late October and early November). These sessions provide an important foundation in basic methodologies of clinical research and include important seminars that meet the General Competency Requirements of the ACGME. Fellows are encouraged to obtain ancillary training in fields and areas that will further their research pursuit.

Biostatistics are instrumental to the conduct of research and to the critical assessment of the medical literature. Fellows will need to obtain and document formal didactic experience in this area. There are several venues available within the University for this purpose. In addition to the Fall Symposium, the School of Nursing and Public Health have specific short courses in this area that may be audited. Self-training tapes are also an effective way to cover this topic.


Evaluation of the fellow’s progress is the direct responsibility of the mentor. Our attending physicians evaluate fellows’ performance monthly at the end of each clinical rotation, in-service exams are given twice per year, and formal progress reports are required on a semi-annual basis.

Contact Information

Santosh Saraf, MD
Fellowship Program Director
P: 312-996-9424

Irum Khan, MD
Associate Fellowship Program Director
P: 312-996-9424

Sushma Jonna, MD
Associate Fellowship Program Director of Education
P: 312-996-9424


Amanda Rivera
Fellowship Coordinator
P: 312-996-9424
E: [email protected]

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