Fellowship Program

The Houston Methodist Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) #1554814158) is designed to develop the careers of future colleagues and leaders in community or academic oncology and hematology through comprehensive education, mentorship and intensive training in clinical practice and research.

We recognize that the future generations of competent hematologists and oncologists need to be fortified with the diverse range of knowledge and competencies, including cancer prevention, clinical cancer genetics, health policy, cost-effective and evidence-based patient care, and patient-based translational and clinical research. Our fellows are given the structure and supervision required to ensure that each are well-trained, competent hematologists and oncologists, and are given guidance and mentorship toward their individual professional goals and aspirations.

The three-year program fully integrates the ACGME core competencies and milestones through a required set of rotations, a didactic curriculum and elective rotations designed to broaden the base of knowledge. Our fellows, faculty and program are continuously evaluated to ensure success in achieving these competencies, goals and objectives.

The majority of the educational process takes place within the Houston Methodist system, including locations in the Texas Medical Center, Sugar Land, West Houston, Willowbrook, Baytown and Clear Lake. Fellows have unrivaled and unrestricted opportunity to train with the faculty in the Texas Medical Center’s unique hospital-based benign hematology practice. They will rotate through the Houston Methodist Cancer Center and can develop translational and basic science research projects at the Houston Methodist Research Institute. Our fellows will also have the opportunity to provide care for the indigent population of greater Houston at the Hope Clinic and rotate through specialty cancer clinics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

About the Program Director and Program Leadership
The program director, Tejal Patel, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in Oncology. She is the director of the High Risk Clinic at Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Patel earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She completed residency and fellowship training at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida. She held a faculty appointment at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine before joining the Houston Methodist Cancer Center in 2012 as director of the High Risk Clinic. As a member of the Houston Methodist Research Institute Cancer Research Program, she directs research focusing on breast cancer and breast cancer prevention. Dr. Patel has published several articles in peer reviewed journals.

The Program Leadership, comprised of all key hematology-oncology faculty and the Program Director, provide continual oversight of the program and its trainees.

Application Process
Fellowship application and required documentation must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The documentation listed below must be submitted with the application:
  • Official medical school transcript in original language and in English (copied and notarized, stating that it is a true copy of the original)
  • Three letters of recommendation plus a letter of recommendation from your program director
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE/COMLEX Scores (must possess a passing score)
  • Photograph

Contact Us

Minnie Booker
Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship Program Coordinator
6445 Main St., OPC24-316
Houston, TX 77030

Email: hematologyoncologyfellowship@houstonmethodist.org
Tel. 713.363.9371