About the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program

Welcome to the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship training program website.  We are incredibly proud of our fellows, our program, our institution, and our city. The VCU medical campus boasts state-of-the-art clinical, research, educational, and simulation facilities. But, what makes the VCU experience so rich and the learning climate optimal is the supportive, experienced faculty and the collegiality of the fellows. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about what VCU has to offer you educationally. Throughout the site you will find perspectives from our fellows to give you insight into the VCU Hemotology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program.

Vision

Fellows in the VCU Hematology-Oncology Training Program are members of and contributors to an academic medical community in which there is a commitment to learning the art and science of medicine while providing the highest quality medical care to a diverse patient population.

Mission

  • To produce compassionate physicians capable of delivering the highest quality medical care to patients in a variety of settings.
  • To create a collegial and supportive setting for intellectual growth.
  • To partner with our fellows in contributing to the science of medicine through mentorship, research opportunities and dissemination of information.
  • To contribute to the science and art of educating medical professionals through innovation in training methods.
  • To partner with our fellows in gracefully accepting the challenges of providing care to the medically underserved.
  • To promote lifelong learning in the context of a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Values
Our fellows and faculty are guided in our work by our commitment to:

  • Clinical excellence
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Scientific Discovery
  • Innovation
  • Collegiality
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Transparency

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the VCU Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training program. In 2011, we embarked on an expansion of the fellowship from six to twelve fellows with one goal in mind—to provide the time and opportunity for each fellow to pursue her/his personal educational, scholarly, and professional aspirations. Over the last 4+ years, it has been gratifying to see those efforts come to fruition.  In 2019, we are recruiting for four fellowship positions to start their hematology-oncology training in July 2020.  As you consider your choices of programs to complete your fellowship training, I encourage you to explore our web-site as well as our program's educational blog.

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Curriculum

Conferences

J. Christian Barrett, MD

J. Christian Barrett, MD

Program Director

J. Christian Barrett, MD

J. Christian Barrett, MD

Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care

Email: john.barrett@vcuhealth.org

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Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD

Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD

Division Chair

Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD

Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD

Division Chair

Internal Medicine

Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care

Email: steven.grossman@vcuhealth.org

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Class of 2021

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Baijia Jiang, MD
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA


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John McKay, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN


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Hank Ng, MD
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Residency: University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington VT


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Kevin Sing, MD
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA


Class of 2020

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Scott Graupner, MD
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Virginia Campus
Residency: Internal Medicine, Georgia Health Sciences University


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Toshihisa Satta, MD
Medical School: Tokyo Medical and dental University Faculty of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


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Taha Mahdi Salih Al-Juhaishi, MD
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Residency: Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


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Mahmood Rasheed, MD
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


Alumni

Eligibility Requirements

Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems can only support J-1 visas.

How To Apply

The Hematology-Oncology fellowship training program at VCU is a participant in the NRMP match. All applications will be accepted through ERAS and follow ERAS deadlines.

Required Documentation

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE score reports
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • MPSE
  • A personal statement
  • 4 letters of recommendation, including one from your program director 
  • A photograph


If applicable, please provide the following:

  • ECFMG certificate 
  • Medical School Diploma (with translation if necessary)

Interviews

Application Timeline

We will review applications from July 15 through August 31. Invitations to interview will be issued by September 30.

Interview dates for 2019 are:

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Monday, October 7, 2019

Interview Information

Interviews are typically conducted on Mondays and Fridays so that applicants can experience the fellows’ continuity clinic pre-clinic conference. Applicants can expect to arrive shortly before 8 a.m. for a full day.

The interview day consists of the following:

  • participation in the fellows’ pre-clinic conference
  • introduction to the program, division, and Massey Cancer Center
  • interviews with VCUHS and VA-based faculty
  • tour of the VCUHS facilities
  • lunch with current fellows
  • a mini driving tour of the Richmond area while en route to the VA Medical Center

Interview days typically end by 4:30 PM. A sample itinerary is provided to give you a general sense of how we structure the day. See sample intinerary here. 

Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program Office
1101 East Marshall Street
Box 980230
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0230

Program Director

J. Christian Barrett, M.D.
Email: john.barrett@vcuhealth.org

Associate Program Director

Uzma Athar, MD
Email: uzma.athar2@va.gov

Program Coordinator

Amanda V. Johnson
VCU Department of Internal Medicine
Box 980509
Richmond, VA 23298-0509 
Phone: (804) 828-9726
Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org