Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program Curriculum

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First-year fellows with the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta spend the majority of their time in clinical rotations. Second- and third-year fellows primarily spend their time in various research and educational activities. Each fellow maintains a continuity clinic one day per week for the entire three years.

Additionally, the Aflac Cancer Center guarantees a fourth year of fellowship to continue to hone research skills.

Here is a snapshot of the Fellowship program:

Clinical Rotations—First Year

  • Inpatient hematology/oncology (three months)
  • Blood and marrow transplantinpatient/outpatient (two months)
  • Clinic/consult (two months)
  • Outpatient hematology (two months)
  • Neuro-oncologyinpatient/outpatient (one month)
  • Laboratory rotation: radiation oncology, hematopathology, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, blood banking and special coagulation (one month total, divided into two-week blocks)
  • Research exploration (one month total, divided into two-week blocks)

Research—Second/Third Year

Second- and third-year fellows are offered a variety of opportunities in clinical, translational and basic research. These opportunities are available at the Aflac Cancer Center and within specific divisions of the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

We are devoted to training physician-scientists seeking careers in laboratory-based academic pediatric hematology/oncology. Research opportunities are performed in collaboration with faculty at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, the Emory School of Public Health, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In additional to the laboratory-based research track, we offer a clinical research track for fellows interested in careers as clinical investigators. Formal training in clinical research can be obtained through early involvement in several ongoing clinical trials within the institution. Fellows interested in clinical research are encouraged to apply for Emory's Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program. We are in a unique position to offer special resources for laboratory and clinical training, such as the MSCR program, for the entire fellowship period and for extended periods of research time, if required.

We have an individualized scholarship oversight/mentoring committee for each fellow to guide him through his fellowship research experience.

Research—Optional Fourth Year

The fourth year of fellowship is almost exclusively devoted to research. It is available with funding to all fellows. This additional year allows fellows to increase skills for competitiveness in garnering future K-type or other awards for young investigators.

On-Call Schedule

Night call takes place from home. Fellows occasionally return to the hospital to evaluate extremely ill or newly diagnosed patients.

  • First year: 53 weekday nights and 12 weekends (one/month)
  • Second year: 46 weekday nights and 8 weekends
  • Third year: 4 weekday nights and 6 weekends

Didactic Schedule

A variety of educational meetings are offered. A sample schedule is listed below. Additionally, structured teaching, ethics and research overview courses are offered throughout the year.

 

 

Monday

 

Tuesday

 

Wednesday

 

Thursday

 

Friday

 

A.M.

Division conference

Core curriculum review

Grand rounds

 

Patient care conference

 

Slide review

 

 

 

P.M.

 

 

Tumor board

Research
conference

 

Additional Benefits of the Program

Fellows receive three weeks of vacation each year. Each fellow has an educational stipend, which may be used for meetings, journals or other educational expenses. Senior fellows attend additional scientific meetings, based upon research presentations.