About the Program

Mission

The mission of the fellowship program in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation is to create a learning atmosphere that accommodates each fellow’s professional goals in conjunction with mentored teaching from exceptionally well-qualified specialist in both hematology and oncology. A two or three-year program is offered with the highest of expectations that trainees will immerse themselves in the educational opportunities provided by patient-care while learning first-hand how basic research and clinical trials contribute to improved outcomes for patients with blood and cancer diseases.

Goals

  1. Each fellow will acquire the knowledge and skills through experience and didactic teaching to attain certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Hematology and Oncology
  2. Fellow will learn the foundations of basic science and the clinical skills that provide an appropriate understanding of the mechanisms of diagnosis, staging, treatment and outcome of diseases in Hematology and Oncology
  3. Fellow will be expected to demonstrate increasing competence, sophistication and independence in evaluating new patients, formulating an accurate diagnostic and prognostic picture and executing a treatment plan. In the execution of the treatment plan, the fellow will also be expected to provide articulate, compassionate and comprehensible counseling to the patient and family. In the event of a palliative care – hospice plan, the fellow will be able to provide empathic and compassionate care and understand how to work with relevant supportive services
  4. Fellows will demonstrate increasing familiarity with the specialty literature of hematology and oncology in patient rounds, patient management discussions, journal club, seminars, and oral presentations of literature reviews and research projects. The increasing fund of knowledge will be expected to translate into a continuous improvement in the independent thinking, problem solving and treatment strategy formulation, that is, the practice of hematology-oncology
  5. Fellows will be evaluated by the teaching faculty on each of their rotations and will be given explicit feedback by the Program Director at least twice yearly
  6. Fellows will exhibit an increasing mastery of the art of working with colleagues and other health professionals and acquiring interpersonal skills and clear communication. They will be expected to exhibit an increasing ability to identify, define and discuss the strengths and challenges of the multi-tiered medical systems in which they work. They will be expected to research and propose solutions to the systems-based challenges that impede the provision of highest quality medical care
  7. Fellows will demonstrate respect and empathy for patients and families and become competent and well-versed in communicating "bad news," in all issues surrounding, palliative care and symptom management, terminal care and hospice coordination
  8. Fellows will learn how to evaluate clinical trial structure, statistical analyses and outcome. They will acquire a strong ethical foundation for the protection of subjects who participate in clinical trials
  9. The program will foster an environment through patient management experiences and didactic instruction to develop attitudes and interpersonal skills that contribute to a high standard of professional ethics and a humane practice style
  10. The program will promote an attitude and practice of self-care to identify and manage stress and symptoms of burn-out in the practice of hematology and oncology

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