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Application Phase

The hematology-oncology fellowship program of the Rush University Medical Center accepts two fellows per year. Our objective is through a fair application, interview and selection process, to employ in the open fellowship positions the two most highly qualified physicians, who are likely to fit within the Rush University Medical Center, Division of Hematology Oncology setting, and succeed beyond fellowship as practicing, board-certified hematologist-oncologists.

The RUMC Section of Hematology and Oncology fellowship program will accept fellowship applications through the Internet-based computer system, ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. Hard copies of residency applications are not accepted.

This program accepts J-1 and H-1B visas. Information for foreign applicants is available online at All foreign medical graduates may contact ECFMG ERAS Program via fax at (215) 222-5641, or by phone at (215) 386-5900 or e-mail to answer any questions they may have.

Applications should include all of the following:

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publications and Research Experience.
  • Four letters of recommendation (one of these letters should be from the program director of your current residency program - Please ask your referees to pay particular attention to the following: general medical knowledge, medical competence in dealing with critically ill patients, emotional stability in working with patients with advanced malignancy, general interest in academic hematology and medical oncology)
  • Applicants who have had prior research experience should have a letter from their research advisors. (The research advisor should mention the background and interest in academic hematology and medical oncology as a career and a view of your competence to engage in scientific research)
  • Medical school transcript
  • USLME transcripts
  • Personal statement describing your interest in hematology/oncology fellowship training.
  • Photo (not required but it helps us recognize you during the interview day)
  • Applicants may submit other documentation they feel will enhance their application. (Optional)
  • Licensure verification
  • A valid ECFMG Certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the United States).
  • International graduates should also include documentation of successful completion of the language skills exam
  • Applicants must be eligible for certification in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and must be licensed by the State of Illinois at the time they begin their fellowship.

Criteria for selection

  • Interview
  • Medical School Caliber
  • Training Program Caliber
  • USMLE Test Scores (1 and 2, 3 if it has been taken)
  • Other Honors
  • Scholarships
  • Research
  • Publications

Applications are reviewed by the program director, the associate program director of the hematology-oncology fellowship program and the education committee. Personal interviews will be requested of all successful applicants. Applicants are evaluated based on credentials and recommendation without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Invitations for interview will be extended much ahead of time, so that optimal notice and opportunity are provided to all interview candidates, and economical travel plans can be made for those not currently based in Chicago. Interviews are offered via email and are conducted on Mondays in February from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Applicants granted interviews should plan on spending the day. The applicant will meet with all core faculty members. The interview day is from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and is as follows:

  • Program director's and associate program director's orientation
  • Interviews with the members of the education committee
  • Interviews with a faculty member related to applicant's special interest(s) (optional and at the request of the fellow candidate)
  • Lunch with residents and rest of the faculty members.
  • Tour of hospital

After our final interview day, applications are reviewed and our rank order list is completed. We will adhere to the NRMP guidelines for announcing our successful candidates.

For information on the application process, contact Lakshmi Venugopal, fellowship coordinator, at (312) 563-4502, or email her at


Rush University Medical Center
Division of Hematology and Oncology
1725 West Harrison Street
Professional Building I, Suite 809
Chicago, IL 60612

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