Lighting the Flame program

Spark your interest in hematology by joining our free training program for medical students, interns, and residents who have not yet chosen a specialty.

It's an amazing experience to meet other people like you that are at a similar point in their career, but also to work with experts that you wouldn't meet through your regular training.

What the program offers

Lighting the Flame is an engaging program of online lessons and real-life sessions that can help you start your journey into hematology.

By joining our program, you'll get:

  • A practical understanding of what being a hematologist involves
  • Guidance that will give you a head start in the field

Participants who complete the full program can access:

  • Information on clinical training and research in hematology in European countries
  • Guidance and support from EHA hematologists and researchers
  • An online campus with a variety of workshops on hematology
  • A wide range of live online trainings in hematology
  • In-person learning retreats with the top authorities in the area

Watch our short video to find out how the program is inspiring the hematologists of tomorrow.

You can also read our short PDF guide to the program, which debunks some of myths around hematology and explains why it's a dynamic, varied, and in-demand specialty.

Who can join

You can join our free program if you're a medical student, intern, or resident who is:

  • Not yet sure about your field of specialty
  • Interested in learning more about working as a clinical hematologist or researcher (basic or translational research)

There's no obligation to complete the program. If you decide that hematology is not for you, you can leave at any point.

Register for Lighting the Flame

Program overview

Lighting the Flame has three phases.

  • Phase 1 is a fully online phase, during which you can access EHA learning resources around the clock and take part in live workshops.
  • Phase 2 is a retreat for selected participants. If you take part in this phase, you'll get valuable in-person learning and mentoring opportunities.
  • Phase 3 is a follow-up retreat for participants who took part in phase 2. At this retreat, you can go deeper into other crucial subjects and examine practical hematological approaches.

To find out more about what's involved and get the dates of upcoming retreats and online workshops, visit our program phases page.

Support Lighting the Flame as a collaborator

Would you like to take an active role in fostering the next generation of hematology professionals? To ask us about getting involved with Lighting the Flame, email our Education team at

Find out more

Not yet sure if Lighting the Flame is for you? Visit the program phases page to get detailed information on all three phases and watch a video from one of our retreats.

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Lighting the Flame sponsor

This program is made possible through the generous support of an unrestricted educational grant from our sponsor.

Visit the AstraZeneca website