The first year of the program focuses on an intensive clinical experience. The year begins with an orientation month in which the fellow is introduced to a wide variety of core topics, chemotherapy ordering instruction and procedures to equip the fellow to be successful for the rest of the program. The next 11 months allow the fellow to focus on Inpatient Hematology/Oncology (5 months), Bone marrow transplant and NeuroOncology (3 months), Specialty areas of pediatric pathology, radiation oncology, coagulation and blood banking (1 month), Ambulatory hematology/oncology (2 months) and Vacation (1 month).
During year one the fellow will be assigned to continuity clinic one day each week when they will see all new patients identified on the inpatient service under the supervision of an attending pediatric hematologist/oncologist.
Years Two and Three
During year 2 and 3 of the program the fellow will undertake an in-depth study of a specific area of pediatric hematology and oncology under the supervision of a Scholarship Oversight Committee. This project may involve laboratory based research in one of the many labs in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as labs in the numerous "Centers" housed at UAB. Clinical research projects in numerous areas of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology are ongoing within the division and campus which are also available for the fellow. In some circumstances the fellow may obtain a Masters of Science in Public Health or a PhD degree as a component of the fellowship program. During these years the fellow continues to see their own patients in a weekly continuity clinic.
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