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Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

Welcome to the SIU Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

-Krishna Rao, MD, PhD, Associate Professor
Program Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

Goals of the Program

The primary goals of a Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship program are twofold: to train fellows who have a strong desire and aptitude for an academic career involving basic science or clinical/translational research, teaching and patient care; and to train outstanding clinical Hematologists and Medical Oncologists to take care of patients in the community with solid and hematologic cancers as well as non-malignant blood diseases.

For those trainees interested in an academic career, the fellowship program will provide comprehensive instruction and opportunities for experience in clinical and basic research designed to provide fellows with the tools needed for a successful career as a medical educator and researcher.

Fellows will be educated in a manner designed to promote a continuing, life-long commitment to reinforcing and updating their knowledge of basic pathophysiology and recent diagnostic and therapeutic advances. Fellows also must participate in fostering advances in knowledge about diagnosis, prevention and treatment of neoplastic and hematologic disorders by conducting and supporting clinical investigation.

This training program will provide extensive supervised clinical training in all of the subspecialties of Medical Oncology and Hematology. The fellowship is designed to complement and supplement prior training in Internal Medicine while enhancing the fellow’s basic science and clinical knowledge. It is also dedicated to insuring the highest level of professional competency in direct patient care and consultation in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

This training program will teach fellows to master the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competencies deemed to be essential to this subspecialty as determined by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical.


Thoracic Oncology every Friday at MCLI from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

HANOT (Head and Neck Otolarynology) every Tuesday 2nd floor conference room at 720 N. Bond from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Breast Conference every Wednesday at SCI Room 1012 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Upper GI/Hepatobiliary conference is the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at MCLI from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Colorectal conference is held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at MCLI from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Neurologic/Oncology conference is held the first Friday of the month from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. at MCLI

Hem/Path conference is held the first Friday of the month from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. at MMC G157

Melanoma conference is the 4th Wednesday of the month beginning at 4:30 p.m. at SCI Room 1012

Urologic Oncology conference is held on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. in SCI Room 1012

Rotation Description

Fellows will be engaged in inpatient or outpatient rotations during their first year of training. Their time will be split evenly between the two services. During their outpatient time, they will maintain a fellow’s clinic so that they acquire and follow a panel of patients during their three years of training. During their second year of training, they will have seven months of sub-specialty time to cover important topics such as Neuro-Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Hematopathology, Blood Bank, Stem Cell Transplantation and CAR-T Cell Therapy and outpatient service.  The rest of the time will be devoted to outpatient clinics. In their third year, while they will continue to maintain an outpatient clinic, they will be engaged in research to fulfill the research obligations of the program.

Benefit Information

2020 – 2021 Stipends:
PGY IV $60,060
PGY V $61,261
PGY VI $62,817

Paid Leave (Vacation / Sick / Bereavement / Education)
All trainees (residents and fellows) may be permitted up to (maximum number dependent on Board requirements):

  • 3 weeks of vacation
  • 2 weeks of sick leave
  • 1 week of educational leave
  • 3 calendar days of bereavement leave

Child Care Leave
Trainees are permitted to take up to twelve (12) weeks of leave without compensation in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, after the birth of a child or the placement of a child with the resident/fellow for adoption or foster care. Contact the Office of Graduate Medical Information for details.

Work Hours
Each program will have work hours optimal to the care of patients and in compliance with the general and special requirements of the ACGME.

Parking/Sleep Rooms/Meals

  • Parking available close to clinic and hospitals
  • Secured sleeping rooms are furnished for all trainees who are on in-house call and nap rooms are available to residents/fellows at both hospitals.
  • Trainees have access to food services twenty-four hours per day at both hospitals.


  • Residents and fellows are employed by Memorial Medical Center and are provided benefits through the employing hospital.
  • Health insurance is provided at a minimal charge; an optional family plan can be purchased.
  • Dental insurance is provided for the resident/fellow and family for a small fee.
  • A Vision Plan is offered.
  • Group Term Life insurance is provided at no cost; additional coverage may be purchased.
  • Long Term Disability insurance is provided at no cost.
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan is offered.

Professional Liability Insurance
Residents and fellows are provided professional liability coverage by the hospitals. It will provide legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed during and after the completion of the training program if the alleged acts or omissions of the trainee were within the scope of the program, in accordance with the affiliated hospitals’ self-insured trust and liability policy.


We will be participating in the national fellowship match which opens August 26, 2020 and Match Day is December 2, 2020.  We will have 2 positions open for the 2021-2022 academic year.  2020 interviews will be taking place in late August, September and October.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact

Meet Our Faculty

Aziz Khan, MD
Division Chief

Krishna Rao, MD, PhD
Program Director

Edem Agamah, MD, MS
Associate Professor

Ruchika Goel, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Amanda Clouser, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner

Dodie Gazda, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner