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Supporting Careers in Hematology

Supporting Careers in Hematology

ASH is dedicated to supporting hematologists throughout their careers — from graduate and medical school, to training, early career, and research and practice. ASH made a $19 million investment in the Hematology-Focused Fellowship Training Program (HFFTP) to help address shortages of classical hematologists in the field by increasing the number of hematology-focused training slots. In 2023, the fellowship program welcomed its first class of 15 fellows.

The HFFTP program offers fellows the opportunity to pair comprehensive classical hematology training with education in transfusion medicine, sickle cell disease, and hemostasis/thrombosis, as well as fields like medical education, systems-based hematology, outcomes research, health equity research, global health, safety/quality improvement, lifespan hematology, and more.

ASH’s award programs remained a dedicated aspect of ASH’s mission, with $12.8 million committed to support scientists and health care professionals at all stages of their education and careers. The Minority Recruitment Initiative and the Clinical Research Training Institute celebrated 20 years of supporting the hematology community. A total of 1,036 people received awards in 2023.

“When it came time to apply for my fellowship, I could not decide whether to apply for hematology and oncology programs or pursue hematology exclusively. When my mentor asked me what I enjoyed more, I immediately responded hematology. They said that if my passion lay in hematology, it would be wise to focus my efforts on hematology-exclusive programs like HFFTP.”

Anya Parekh, MD / HFFTP Fellow at University of California, Davis

Awards By the Numbers

$12.8 Million Awards Committed in 2023
1,036 People Awarded in 2023
35+ years of Building Hematology Careers


Continually Improving

ASH urged ABIM to consider wholesale reforms to the Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment (LKA) program, while suggesting immediate interim improvements, including eliminating the high-stakes assessments, time limits to answering questions, and redundancies in CME reporting. ASH continues to advocate for this issue in 2024.