Hem / Onc Fellowship Program


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Our subspecialty training program in pediatric hematology/oncology provides the educational environment for residents to develop an understanding of the pathophysiology of pediatric hematologic and oncologic disorders and competence in the clinical diagnosis and management of these disorders. The program emphasizes the fundamentals of clinical diagnosis, with special emphasis on history taking and physical examination, and provides sufficient clinical experience with both inpatients and outpatients who have hematologic and oncologic disorders to allow residents to develop skill in diagnosing and managing both common and unusual problems.

Objectives

The Objectives of the training program in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology are to prepare the fellow for an academic career in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and to assist the trainee in acquiring a faculty position compatible with his/her clinical and research strengths and goals.  When successfully completed, this program will provide trainees with the clinical and academic skills to become Board Certified in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and to be competitive for available faculty positions.  The focus of the program will be on training of the fellow and not on filling service needs.

The educational goals of this program include development of clinical expertise in the discipline of pediatric hematology, oncology, bone marrow transplant, and radiation oncology; development of technical skills in performance of lumbar puncture, bone marrow aspirate and biopsy, and bone marrow harvest for BMT, review and interpretation of peripheral blood smears, cerebrospinal fluid, and bone marrow aspirate; development of scholarship skills; and development of abilities as an educator.

Our fellows become familiar with all aspects of chemotherapy as well as the pertinent aspects of surgical therapy and radiotherapy in managing patients with malignant diseases. They are also taught the diagnosis, management of complications, and treatment of infections in the compromised host and indications and procedures for transfusion of blood components, including apheresis, and stem cell harvest and infusion. In addition, residents learn to function as a member of a multidisciplinary team serving patients with cancer and chronic hematologic disorders and are guided in the development of skills in communication and counseling, including the recognition and management of psychosocial problems in pediatric patients.