The curriculum of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program entails 18 months of clinical training and 18 months of research training. An additional one or two years of research training is available for qualified trainees aspiring to academic careers.
See what some of our experts have to say about the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program:
Vida Passero, MD, Associate Program Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
John Kirkwood, MD, Section Director, Melanoma Program
Clinical Training for Hematology/Oncology Fellows
The clinical training program permits fellows to participate in intensive inpatient and outpatient experiences under faculty supervision.
Inpatient rotations expose the fellow to:
- Medical Oncology and Hematology Inpatient Service, with a diverse population of patients undergoing both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
- Medical Oncology Consultative Service, with patients hospitalized in the medical and surgical beds of UPMC Shadyside and affiliated hospitals on the Oakland campus.
- Leukemia Service, consisting of patients with acute leukemia.
- Stem Cell Transplantation Service, with patients undergoing allogeneic, autologous, and unrelated donor transplants.
- Hematology Consult Service, with a wide exposure to benign and malignant hematology, as well as the unique experiences offered via the world-renowned UPMC solid-organ transplant service.
- Hematology/Oncology Consult Service of the University Drive campus of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
Fellows can broaden the clinical experience through long-standing affiliations with:
- Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
- Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
- Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Fellows are routinely involved in clinical investigations, which include intramural studies of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and multi-institutional protocols sponsored by the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), as well as other cooperative groups (NSABP, CCSG, and GOG).
Outpatient training for the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program revolves around multidisciplinary disease centers and modality programs, which include:
- Biologic and developmental therapeutics
- Brain tumor
- Breast cancer
- Clinical coagulation
- Gastrointestinal cancer
- Genitourinary cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Lung and thoracic malignancies
- Stem cell transplant
- Transfusion medicine
In addition to these experiences, the fellows have the option to follow a cohort of patients longitudinally under the supervision of faculty members in the VA continuity clinics.