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
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
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’
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.