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Fellowship Description

Hematology Oncology is a division in the Department of Internal Medicine at TTUHSC, School of Medicine. This division has an ACGME-accredited fellowship program.

The overall goal of the Hematology Oncology fellowship is to provide broad training in the disciplines of Hematology and Medical Oncology, focusing on the general competencies put forth by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 

The patient-oriented training program encompasses didactic and bedside instructions, analysis of current literature and both clinical and laboratory research.

The fellowship is a minimum duration of 36 months.  The assignment of course work is designed to accomplish the goals of the program in compliance with the requirements of the ACGME, the Residency Review Committee (RRC) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

18 months must be devoted to clinical rotations (focused on neoplastic diseases and benign hematology disorders).  The remaining 18 months may be spent on additional clinical rotations, approved elective rotations, and research to allow each fellow to achieve his or her personal goals for career development.  The fellows will have a continuity clinic; 2 half day clinics per week at Southwest Cancer Center throughout their fellowship.  Senior fellows have the option to do three half day clinics on second and third years if they decide.  Each fellow must demonstrate competency in bone marrow aspiration and biopsy; and lumbar puncture with intrathecal administration of chemotherapy through LP and Ommaya reservoir. Second and third year fellows will also spend some time at the Joe  Arrington Cancer Center.

Graduate Fellows are conversant with the scientific methods and are also familiar with a wide variety of laboratory procedures. After completion of training, they are prepared for either academic. community practice.and industry oriented careers.

Third year fellows will have the option of choosing one of three pathways:  1.) Clinical Practice 2.) Clinical Research or 3.) Basic Science Research.   Fellows are expected to do clinical or basic science research activities and are expected to submit their results for publication. Fellows also teach residents and medical students at the bedside. 


Application Information

All applications should come to us through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). We will be participating in the NRMP Match and will accept applications for the fellowship from July 15 to September 30 of each year. Your application will be reviewed and then selected applicants will be contacted to schedule interviews.
Inquires concerning the Hematology Medical Oncology fellowship can be directed to the fellowship coordinator. Contact information can be found here.




Board Review Strategies:  Emphasis is on board testing techniques and review of multiple choice questions.

Hematology Oncology Didactic Lectures:  Consists of formal lectures providing a comprehensive review of all aspects of medical oncology and hematology.  The disease-specific reviews include the relevant basic biology, pathogenies, epidemiology staging, treatment etc. 

House Staff Meeting: Is a monthly meeting of all TTUHSC fellows sponsored by the office of GME.  This meeting serves to update house staff on important institutional issues.  Elected officers of the house staff serve as liaisons on many institutional committees.


Breast Tumor Board:  This is a multidisciplinary meeting attended by Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Pathologists and Radiologists where all new breast cancer cases are discussed.  This has been a rewarding conference for fellows.

Case Review Conference:  In this conference fellows present challenging cases to the team in an informal manner. 

Morbidity and Mortality:   Case-based medical conference where patients with adverse outcomes are critically examined and discussed.


Journal Club:  Monthly presentation at which important articles relevant to Hematology/Oncology are critically reviewed and presented by the fellows with input and mentoring from the appropriate faculty members.

Hematopathology Conference:  A twice monthly conference where benign and malignant  hematology cases are discussed with active participation of the hematopathologists.  Bone marrow aspirates, biopsies and peripheral blood smears are reviewed.

 Basic Science/Research:  A twice monthly conference in which relevant basic science is applied to Hematology and Oncology are discussed by Fellows and Attending's.  Ongoing researches are also presented and discussed.


Grand Rounds:   Are conducted by the Department of Medicine and other institutional faculty as well as visiting professors.  Topics include advances in clinical knowledge in many fields on Internal Medicine.

Breast Conference:  This weekly internal conference consists of clinical and surgical interest related to the practice of breast care and includes hospital-based case discussions. Participation from surgery, pathology, radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, medical genetics and general internal medicine - breast clinic, is solicited in the discussion of interpretation of findings, differential diagnosis and management of breast diseases.

Neuro Oncology Tumor Board:  Held once a month, new neuro oncology cases are presented at a well-attended interdisciplinary meeting.  Neurologists, Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Medical Oncologists regularly attend this meeting. 


Tumor Board:  Interdisciplinary meeting to present new patients, review pathology and radiographic studies, and discuss evidenced-based management.

Bone Marrow Transplant:  In this conference Transplant Candidates and current patients are presented and discussed.  A short didactics lecture concerning all aspects of bone marrow transplants is also given twice a month.


Contact Information

Valerie Gonzales
Fellowship Coordinator

Phone: 806-743-2464 | Fax: 806-743-3148  

3601 4th Street, MS 9410 | Lubbock, TX | 79430