How to Apply

We accept two fellows each year. Application materials may be submitted following completion of the PL2 year of residency.

Application Materials Needed:

  • Completed application on ERAS  
  • Completion of or current participation in an American Board of Pediatrics certified Pediatric Residency
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement 
  • Four letters of recommendation including: 
    • Medical School Dean's letter (same as required for residency) 
    • Pediatric Residency Director, and 
    • Two additional faculty (or other appropriate individuals of your choice) 
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Examination Scores 
  • Copy of ECFMG Certificate (applies to international medical graduates only) 
  • Passport-style photograph (optional) 
  • Proof of US citizenship or permanent residency status 

Direct Program-related Questions and Return Applications to:

David Dickens, MD
University of Iowa Distinguished Professor
Director, Fellowship Program in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
University of Iowa, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
200 Hawkins Drive, 1323 BT
Iowa City, IA 52242-1083
Phone: 1-319-384-5108
Fax: 319-356-7659

David Claassen, MD, PhD
Associate Director, Fellowship Program in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
University of Iowa Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
200 Hawkins Drive, 1326 BT
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 1-319-356-1905


Karina Escobedo
Coordinator, Fellowship Program Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Stead Family Department of Pediatrics
University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology
200 Hawkins Drive
Boyd Tower (BT) 1010-13
Phone: 1-319-356-3720
Fax: 319-356-4693

Priority Deadline

The University of Iowa Pediatric Fellowship Program follows the NRMP fall match schedule. Applications will be accepted through ERAS starting in July, with the deadline to apply being September 15, 2022.

Criteria for Candidacy

We accept two fellows each year.  Application materials may be submitted following the completion of the PL2 year of residency.  Highly qualified foreign medical graduates who have an ECFMG certificate and the required American Board of Pediatrics certified residency training may apply.  

Both the University of Iowa and our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Training Program are committed to fostering gender, ethnic, and racial diversity. The University of Iowa was the first public institution in the country to admit women on an equal basis with men, admitting African-American students from its inception in the mid-19th Century. This legacy and the enormous importance of diversity in the global community of the 21st Century underscore our institution's commitment to improving access to opportunity for all members of society, especially women and underrepresented minorities.

Pediatric Board Certification

Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process which serves multiple purposes for the trainee and the public.

Certification is

  • One mission of the training program to produce trainees who meet board eligibility criteria
  • Distinguishes a physician as someone with a distinct level of expertise
  • Provides more opportunities when applying for employment
  • Presents resources and tools by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • A commitment to life-long improvement for providing the best patient care
  • Elevates physicians into the ranks of doctors committed to the highest standards of healthcare

For more information visit the American Board of Pediatrics for specifics on board certification requirements.

The Interview

We will interview 15-20 candidates for two positions beginning in August and ending in October. Orientation for all new fellows begins July 1st, so you must be available for that start date and be licensed in Iowa by June 30th. 

I got an interview! Now what?

  • What should I expect before my interview?
    • The Fellowship Program Coordinator will email you to set an interview date.  
    • Once interview date is finalized, she will email you details of the Virtual interview process.
  • What should I expect on the interview day?
    • We are planning to do interviews for 2022 via Zoom.
    • Please ensure that your technology includes both audio and visual capabilities for the interview date.