Letter from the Program Director

Jefferson Medical College
Department of Medical Oncology

834 Chestnut Street 
Benjamin Franklin House, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-4367

Thank you for your interest in our Combined Hematology/ Medical Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Our ACGME accredited program currently includes 15 fellows. This general includes 5 fellows each in three years of training, but consideration for a fourth year of specialized training (e.g. geriatric oncology, stem cell transplantation) would be given.. Our curriculum includes both clinical and research experiences; didactics and bedside teaching.

The primary experience is at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Fellows will also spend two to three months at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia and are welcome to spend time at other sites, including the Helen F Graham Cancer Center in Christiana, Delaware.

The training program includes experiences with various programs on campus including:

Hematology Programs

  • Transfusion &Apheresis Medicine (with the Department of Pathology)
  • Hemostasis and Thrombosis (including Hemophilia Center and Special Hemostasis Labs)
  • Sickle Cell Anemia

Clinical, basic science and translational science program are included within the categories above.

Medical Oncology Programs

  • Aerodigestive Cancers (Lung, Head and Neck)
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cutaneous Malignancies (primarily Melanoma)
  • GI Malignancy)
  • GU Malignancies
  • GYN Malignancies
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Phase 1
  • Population Science
  • Regional Cancer Care ("Community Practice")
  • Senior Adult Oncology

Clinical, basic science and translational science program are included within the categories above.

During the latter half of the training program, fellows are required to perform scholarly activity. In most cases, this includes an in-depth clinical or basic science research project. In some cases, this may be done as part of a program leading to an advanced degree (e.g. Masters in Clinical Investigation or Masters in Public Health). For example,

Clinical Research Programs

  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Masters in Clinical Investigation (K30 Program)
  • College of Population Health
  • Palliative Care

Kimmel Cancer Center Basic Science Programs

  • Cancer Cell Biology & Signaling
  • Molecular Biology & Genetics
  • Immunological Mechanisms in Cancer
  • Endocrine Mechanisms & Hormone Action in Cancer

We are proud of our many graduates who represent both some of the thought leaders around the world and some of the best hematologist and oncologists practicing in the community. We find that one of our strengths is the ability to tailor the program to meet the needs of individual fellows to pursue the career paths they have chosen.

We accept applications for fellowship from graduates of ACGME accredited training programs in internal medicine through the National Residency Matching Program. Applications must include the standard application, three letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Joanne Flicko-O'Hara, MD

Program Director, Combined Fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology
Hematologic Malignancies and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Kimmel Cancer Center
Thomas Jefferson University