Progressive Educational Experiences
Early in the fellowship, fellows are closely supervised and all clinical actions are scrutinized and reviewed by the attending physician on a daily basis. As the fellowship progresses through the end of Year I and into Year 2, fellows are given increasing responsibility for patient care. In Year 3, during the months on clinical service, the fellow functions as a "junior attending physician," given wider responsibility for clinical decision-making and their cases are reviewed on as-needed basis at case presentation conferences. Scheduling of clinical rotations will become more flexible to better reflect the trainee's goals and career objectives over the three years of training.
Preparing and Presenting Conferences
All fellows prepare and present conferences on a regular basis. Fellows are responsible for the conduct of weekly journal clubs and Tumor Board conferences. In addition, fellows present regular didactic conferences to the residents and medical students rotating through oncology and hematology services. Fellows are responsible for one formal conference per year, presented to the entire division or, in some cases, the Department of Medicine.
Additional Educational Components
Important additional components of the educational program include an annual board review course in hematology and medical oncology. Each year, the Division's national board review course attracts more than 300 individuals who are planning to take board examinations in hematology and oncology. This includes an eight-day intensive lecture series on all important aspects of hematology or oncology. All fellows are required to attend this course and are relieved of their clinical duties during this time. In addition, a series of core lectures are given on a yearly basis (July late October) covering several topics in hematology and oncology.