During the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program’s 18 months of research, fellows may participate in a wide range of clinical and basic research activities within UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Mentors guide fellows through their fellowships to become productive, independent researchers in their chosen areas.
Once a month, fellows update the Division of Hematology/Oncology on their scholarly work through a concise Research in Progress presentation.
Laboratory Research Track
Fellows selecting the laboratory research track may join one of the many faculty members involved in:
- Cancer biology
- Cancer pharmacology
- Tumor immunology
Past fellows’ research includes a wide range of topics such as:
- Basic molecular biology of leukemias
- Signal transduction in T-lymphocytes
- Pre-clinical studies of novel therapeutic agents
Clinical Research Track
Fellows choosing clinical research engage in investigations of one of the disease modality areas with appropriate experts at UPMC. Opportunities exist for participation in formal coursework in the Institute for Clinical Research Education of the University of Pittsburgh.
Hematology/Oncology Program fellows focus their research on quality improvement and outcomes. Fellows in this track also may choose to concentrate on the education of medical students, residents, and other fellows.
Vida Passero, MD, Associate Program Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, discusses the track system.