Fellowship

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship 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.

The first year of training includes:

  • Ten months in monthly rotations, alternating between the inpatient and outpatient pediatric hematology/oncology clinical services. This includes:
    • 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 in the pediatric hematology/oncology clinic, located in the Children's Cancer Center on the ground floor of Batson Children's Hospital. Fellows:
      • Attend hematology and oncology clinics five days per week, help perform outpatient procedures.
      • Attend inter-disciplinary Pediatric Tumor Conference and Pediatric Neuro-oncology Conference once per week,
      • Attend a Long-Term Follow-up clinic for pediatric oncology held regularly each year.
      • One month in the pediatric hematology/oncology clinical laboratory learning all aspects of laboratory studies performed on patients including blood counts, bone marrow evaluations, cerebrospinal fluid evaluations, coagulation studies, factor assays and platelet aggregation studies.

Second year

Trainees will take basic science courses/rotations including:

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

Each 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.

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

Some fellows also may choose to pursue a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation

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.

Attendance at weekly conferences is required as well.

Conferences

  • Continuing Education Conference
  • Patient Management Conference
  • Slide Conference
  • Pediatric Tumor Conference
  • Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Conference
  • Sarcoma Conference (meets monthly)
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Conference