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Hematology/Oncology Fellowship How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through ERAS (the Electronic Residency Application Service) of the Associated of American Medical Colleges to be considered. There are three spots available each year. ERAS will be open to apply starting July 15.

Please do not contact us regarding the status of your application. We will contact those who will be invited for an interview through ERAS.

Visa Facts

A candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States in order to be appointed/employed in our institution. We reserve the right to elect to not hire candidates who require immigration sponsorship, such as the H1B visa, which is no longer sponsored by our institution. We do accept certain non-employer sponsored visas, such as the J1. If you currently, or in the future, require employer sponsorship for a visa status, you must communicate this during the interview process. For more information on the hospital's visa policy, please contact the GME office directly at 215.762.2618.

J Visa

The J visa is sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Candidates are responsible for the application fee of $275. The GME Office serves as the training program liaison (TPL) between the ECFMG and the candidate. All communication and processing of the J visa application must be handled by the GME Office with the ECFMG representative.

The J-l visa paper application has been replaced with an online application process called EVNet, which is a portal within the ECFMG site. The TPL creates and submits an appointment profile through EVNet. The applicant accepts the online appointment profile and completes his/her portion of the application through their OASIS page as well as paying the administrative/application fee. The applicant and the TPL jointly submit the required documentation per the applicant's checklist.

It takes approximately six to eight weeks for the ECFMG to issue approval for a J visa. House staff members must obtain the visa in their home country and should bear in mind that the availability of appointments at their respective consulate can considerably delay arrival in the U.S. Therefore applications should be submitted as soon as possible. If a visa is not obtained by the expected start date in the program, the program director has the choice of holding the position or offering the position to another candidate.

J visa house staff members are governed by the rules and regulations of the ECFMG and the Department of State. They are allow entry into the U.S. 60 days prior to the start date and can get paid for attending orientation prior to the employment start date.

OPT Visa

An optional practical training (OPT) visa is available to individuals enrolled in an advanced degree program in the United States (e.g., Masters Degree in Public Health). An extension of their education may be requested (maximum 12 months) if they desire to train in a clinical setting such as a residency program. The individual must complete this approval process with his/her university. This is not the responsibility of the GME Office.

An OPT visa allows an additional year of training without exhausting the maximum allotted time on the J visa of seven years.

A resident accepted on an OPT visa must complete the application process for a J visa at least 120 days prior to the expiration of the OPT visa.

Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Application Requirements

We require the following documents:

  • Complete application as provided through ERAS
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV should have no gaps in dates)
  • Copy of USLME scores 1, 2, and 3
  • Copy of ECFMG certification (if applicable)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Selection Process for Hematology/Oncology Fellows

Once an application is complete, it is reviewed by the program director and one or two other faculty members. All inside applicants are granted interviews.

Interview candidates will be contacted through ERAS by the end of August. Due to the high volume of applicants, we ask that you do not contact us to inquire about your application status.

Each candidate is interviewed by the program director and one to two other faculty members. Each interviewer completes an evaluation form. At the completion of all interviews, applications are carefully reviewed and ranked by all faculty members. We will submit all offers through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Learn More About the Program

For more information about the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship program at Drexel University College of Medicine, please contact Patricia Lawrence at 215.762.7030 or

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Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.

Blood samples in a laboratory at Drexel University College of Medicine.