Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship

The Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program is a three year ACGME-accredited program designed to provide state-of-the –art training in the diverse clinical and basic fundamentals of pediatric hematology and oncology.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a large urban pediatric hospital, with 309 beds including pediatric intensive care, cardiac intensive care and neonatal intensive care beds. The Division of Hematology Oncology consists of more than 8 physicians and provides care to over 8,000 patients-visits per year. Overall, the Cancer Center sees 150 new cancer diagnoses each year. Nicklaus Children's Hospital is affiliated with Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and serves as its primary site for the medical student’s rotation in pediatrics. The clinical experience in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology involves patients who have a broad variety of hematologic-oncologic problems.

Curriculum

Program Goals

The subspecialty fellow will develop skills to:

  1. Provide compassionate, appropriate and effective treatment by communicating effectively with both patients (considering developmental stage) and their families;
  2. Obtain information essential for the understanding of Hematologic and Oncologic disorders in children (including how the past and family history may influence the disorder);
  3. Use the most up to date information (including information technology) to make decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions which are sensitive to the needs and beliefs of the patient;
  4. Carry out the management plans; and educate and counsel patients and their families about the varied aspects of their disorders, including the nature, purpose and risks involved with treatment, end of life issue when appropriate, and day to day living with chronic Hematologic and Oncologic disorders.

Program Design

Curriculum

Fellowship training employs an integrative approach to learning with didactic lectures, bedside teaching, simulation training, research design and development and a hands on approach to patient care and management.

Longitudinal Requirements for all 3 years

  1. Continuity Clinic is 1 full day per week
  2. Curriculum-based lecture and board review weekly
  3. Tumor board weekly
  4. Radiology conference weekly
  5. Journal club monthly
  6. Morbidity & Mortality Report quarterly

* Continuity Clinic is a longitudinal experience which entails one full day of outpatient hem/onc clinic per week throughout all 3 years. Fellows will have their own patients for whom they are fully responsible for their management, with the ongoing supervision of their attending.

* Overnight call is from home, only with need to come in for emergent circumstances.

* Weeknight call is assigned on a regular basis throughout all three years, and is part of a schedule that also includes the attending physicians. This is averages to about 1 weeknight call per week

* Weekend coverage will start from Friday evening through Monday morning. This will occur regularly throughout all 3 years, with frequency not exceeding an average of one weekend per month

Yearly Curriculum

Year One
Rotation Number of 4-week Blocks
Inpatient Hem/Onc 3
Hematology Outpatient & Consults 2
BMT 2
Neuro-Oncology 1
Subspecialty Multi-disciplinary Clinics
(Like hemophilia, cancer genetics, late effects)
1
Research 1
Laboratory Medicine 1/2
Radiation Oncology 1/2
Vacation 1

Year Two and Three
Rotation Number of 4-week Blocks
Research 11
Inpatient Hem/Onc 1
Vacation 1

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted through the ERAS system.

Eligible Candidates

The Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program is a three year post-residency program. Eligible candidates include postdoctoral trainees (with M.D. or D.O. degrees) who have completed a minimum of 3 year Pediatric or 4 year Med-Peds residency training at an ACGME-accredited residency program. Program candidates must be U.S. citizen, Permanent Residents, or foreign nationals who are J-1 (Exchange Visitor) Visa holders. The program will recruit one trainee per year to start on July 7 of every academic year.