Fellowship Program Application & Admissions

The Hematology and Oncology fellowship program at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland (UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland) accepts up to two fellows per year. Applicants are accepted based on their potential to become successful academic clinicians and researchers in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Candidates are assessed on their academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.


Applicants must have satisfactorily completed a Pediatric residency program in North America, passed Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the USMLE (or equivalent COMLEX USA Levels 1, 2, 3), and be board eligible in pediatrics prior to the start of the fellowship.

Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, color, national origin, or disability.

Applications must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 letters -including a letter from the current program director)

All applications to the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology fellowship are processed through the Electronic Resident Application System (ERAS). The application and information about our program is available at ERAS.

We participate in the hematology/oncology fellowship match administered by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) at

We also review individually submitted applications for possible transfers mid-fellowship.

International Medical Graduates

International medical graduates applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and must include the items listed above as well as the additional items below:
  • Copy of Green Card, J-1 visa, H-1B visa or Documentation of U.S. Citizenship
  • Valid ECFMG Certificate
  • Evidence of previous training in the United States
  • Letter from the Medical Board of California verifying qualification for licensure in the state (PTAL – Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter)

To be eligible for appointment to the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology fellowship at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, an applicant must meet one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Be a graduate of a US or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) -OR-
  • Be a graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) -OR-
  • Be a graduate of a medical school outside of the United States who meets one or more of the following qualifications:
    • Have a current valid ECFMG certificate -OR-
    • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction.

Application Review Process

Application materials are reviewed by our fellowship program director, faculty and fellows. Based on the quality of the application and academic credentials, the applicant may be invited for an interview. Travel expenses are not reimbursed, however, we will work with the applicant to accommodate special requests.

Applicants spend a day at the institution and interview with members of the faculty, the Program Directors, and the Division Chief whenever possible. All applicants will have the opportunity for an informal discussion with the fellows, typically over lunch. Applicants will also meet with potential research mentors in the division and at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) and learn of potential research opportunities.

Faculty and fellows are asked to submit interview evaluations, which, in combination with the quality of the application materials, assist with the formal selection and ranking process.

Contact Information

Caroline Hastings, MD is the Hematology Oncology Fellowship Training Program Director. Anu Agrawal, MD and Robert Raphael, MD are the Associate Program Directors. Karen Barca is the Hematology Oncology Fellowship Coordinator. 

If you have questions about the program, please contact:

Karen Barca

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Phone: (510) 428-3885 ext. 2860
Fax: (510) 601-3916



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