The University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Hematology/Oncology offers subspecialty fellowship training in Hematology and/or Medical Oncology. Fellows obtain extensive clinical experience and have an opportunity for in-depth study in clinical, basic or translational research. The combination of training in patient care and research provides physicians with strong clinical skills and the foundation for a successful career in academics, industry, or clinical practice. The Division programs receive approximately $13,700,000 in federal and $11,900,000 in non-federal support, and the resources for the Division include a NIH designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Fellows receive a broad range of clinical experiences through participation on the hematology inpatient, oncology inpatient, bone marrow transplant, and consultation services, providing care to patients in both the 700-bed University Hospital and the 300-bed VA Hospital. The hospitals serve as referral centers to a catchment population of greater than 4 million, and University Hospital also serves as an international referral center. In addition, fellows participate in continuity care clinics in the Kirklin Clinic. A newly completed, nine-story, 850,000 square foot tower houses emergency services, surgery, imaging, intensive care and acute care units (196-bed capacity), support services and a heliport.
The Division averages 1,600 new patients a year, with 20,000 follow-up visits, providing fellows with great clinical diversity. Fellows also partake in the Division's clinical research program through protocol studies, sponsored by the Division and the Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as cooperative group trials.
Fellows may select research opportunities ranging from basic laboratory to clinical investigation. The fifty-five Division faculty members and more than 300 Cancer Center investigators conduct research in a vast array of areas related to hematology and oncology. Facilities for basic research consist of modern laboratories containing state-of-the-art equipment with a large pool of shared facilities within the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the medical campus. Clinical and translational research programs have full access to the resources of the medical center including the NIH funded General Clinical Research Center. All fellows perform their research under the guidance of a Division faculty mentor who helps prepare the fellow for a productive career in Hematology/Oncology.