Our program recognizes that the transition to fellowship can be challenging and as such, there is a month-long onboarding curriculum in July for all new fellows. The curriculum includes sessions with faculty and members of the administration, policy reviews, didactic lectures, procedural experience, and shadowing on clinical and in-patient rotations. One or two nights of overnight call during the week will be assigned toward the end of the orientation month with a senior fellow available to provide backup and feedback the following day.
Inpatient hematology and bone marrow transplant
While on the Hematology inpatient service, fellows work alongside an attending and are encouraged to lead ward rounds, gradually assume the teaching role of the team, provide inpatient consultation services, gain procedural skills such as performing bone marrow biopsies, and are responsible to take outside calls which may include transfer or consult requests.
The Bone Marrow Transplant experience is multifaceted and fellows gain exposure to stem cell collection and infusion, administration of high dose chemotherapy, management of complications that may be unique to transplant patients, and CAR T-cell therapy.
During the Consult inpatient service rotation, fellows will provide consultative services for patients known or suspected to have solid tumor patients and are admitted to the Medicine or Surgery services. While on this rotation, fellows will also staff patients with thrombophilia and coagulopathies.
Veterans Administration Medical Center
The Veterans Administration Medical Center (VA) population brings a wider variety of solid tumor, malignant hematology, and benign hematology cases to the fellow. The VA Fellow is the primary specialty physician for each patient, with a high degree of responsibility. Fellows will gain considerable experience in the nuances of chemotherapy ordering from their responsibility of writing – and reviewing with more senior staff – all outpatient chemotherapy orders each morning. Fellows will also staff hematology and oncology consults.
Fellows have an opportunity to work with various physicians in the section and get exposure to all the major disease sites including benign and malignant hematology, gastrointestinal or genitourinary oncology, thoracic, breast, head, and neck. This maximizes clinical exposure and the patient experience through the establishment of longitudinal relationships.
Fellows’ continuity clinics (General Oncology and Hematologic)
Fellows are assigned a hematology and oncology weekly clinic, where they work with the same faculty member for 6 months at a time.
Opportunities are available for in-depth study in diverse areas including blood banking, hemophilia, radiation oncology, and oncology specialties. Fellows are encouraged to use these elective periods to pursue personal educational and career goals. Elective opportunities include:
- Palliative Medicine
- Radiation Oncology
- Neuro Oncology
- Gynecology Oncology
- Global Oncology