The timeline for the medical oncology fellowship training is 20 months of clinical training and 4 months of research training. The principal objective of these years is to provide each fellow with the clinical and research skills necessary for independent investigation in the basic translational or clinical sciences.
The clinical training program goals:
• Acquisition of basic oncology skills
• Development of an academic approach to oncologic problems
• Learning principles of basic and translational clinical research and applying them in trials
Fellows receive intensive clinical training during their first 12 to 24 months, which provides them with the experience and breadth of clinical training necessary to ensure a comprehensive knowledge of oncology and to qualify for subspecialty Board certification. A strong educational program underlies both clinical and research training.
Outpatient service. Fellows have the opportunity to interact with all oncology faculty members and to treat patients with a wide variety of cancers during clinic rotations.
Inpatient service. Each fellow is assigned to the Oncology Inpatient Service.
Oncology Service. Fellows attend oncology clinics and participate in the weekly Oncology Section conferences and the monthly Tumor Board. Fellows are encouraged to participate in the combined surgery-oncology and urology-oncology clinics.
Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Rotation
Fellows spend several months on the BMT service and learn the principles of stem cell transplantation in autologous and allogeneic settings. The BMT team consists of an attending, BMT fellows, and medical residents.
During the second year (after 20 months of clinical work), fellows transition from the practice of clinical oncology to clinical or basic investigation. To experience continuity of care, fellows will maintain a continuity clinic throughout their second year.
Fellows spend the majority of their time on research projects under the direction of the Director Basic/Translational Research Program of the Division of Hematology & Oncology and have full access to the facilities and environments within their preceptors’ programs.
Many fellows make arrangements to spend additional years in order to complete their research projects and obtain independent funding for their research, further preparing themselves for careers in academic medicine.