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  • Education

    First year

    The first year will be spent acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the common and rare, inherited and acquired, hematologic and oncologic disorders seen in infants, children, and adolescents on busy inpatient and outpatient services. Clinical research orientation is also a part of the first year of training.

    Ten months of the first year will be spent in monthly rotations, alternating between the inpatient and outpatient pediatric hematology/oncology clinical services. There will be five months of inpatient rotations, during which the trainee will oversee the management of all hematology and oncology inpatients as well as responding to new hematology and oncology inpatient consultations. These patients are then presented to the faculty attending each day. He or she will review with the attending any inpatient peripheral blood or bone marrow slides and will perform any bone marrow aspiration, bone marrow biopsy, or lumbar puncture with intrathecal administration that is being performed on any inpatient hematology or oncology patient.

    Five months of the first year will be spent in the pediatric hematology/oncology clinic, located in the Children's Cancer Clinic on the ground floor of Batson Children's Hospital. Clinic is held five days per week, with Mondays and Thursdays primarily oncology and Tuesdays and Fridays primarily hematology. Outpatient procedures are performed with anesthesia on the sixth floor of the Children's Hospital on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings. A multi-disciplinary brain tumor clinic is held the fourth Thursday afternoon of each month and is attending by a pediatric neurologist, pediatric neurosurgeon, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric psychologist, oncology staff. Long-Term Follow-up clinic for pediatric oncology patients is held on the third Thursday of several months throughout the year. A comprehensive hemophilia clinic is held at the State Board of Health Blake Clinic two half days per month and is multidisciplinary with hematologic, orthopedic, dental, physical therapy and social work evaluations for each patient.

    One month of the first year is spent in the pediatric hematology/oncology clinical laboratory learning all aspects of laboratory studies performed on our patients including blood counts, bone marrow evaluations, cerebrospinal fluid evaluations, coagulation studies, factor assays and platelet aggregation studies.

    Second year

    Five months are spent in laboratory and clinical rotations, with a month of bone marrow transplantation, transfusion medicine / blood banking, and pediatric radiology and radiotherapy. There are also rotations in cytogenetics, FISH, immunopathology and pediatric pathology. There is also an elective month for the trainee to focus on research opportunities and developing a research project for the remainder of training.

    Trainees will also take basic science courses/rotations during their second year to include:

    • Statistics
    • Pharmacy/Pharmacokinetics (rotation)
    • Molecular Biology

    During the second year, the trainee will attend one national meeting, such as the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children's Oncology Group, American Society of hematology or American Society of Clinical Oncology. The second half of the second year, as well as the entire third year, will be spent predominantly in research.

    Third year

    The predominant focus will be research, with an expectation of two abstracts concerning research to be submitted for presentation and attendance at national meetings related to abstract presentations. A manuscript must be prepared by the end of the third year and be either submitted or ready for submission for publication by the time training is completed.

    During the third year, clinical responsibilities are limited to continuity clinic one half day a week and ward call one weekend each month. Attendance at weekly conferences is required as well.


    • Continuing Education Conference - 8 a.m. Wednesday
    • Patient Management Conference - 9:30 a.m. Wednesday
    • Slide Conference - 2 p.m. Wednesday
    • Pediatric Tumor Conference - 3 p.m. Wednesday
    • Bone Marrow Transplant Conference - 8 a.m. Thursday