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Didactics and rotations

Didactics and Conferences

Fellows will review the following list of topics during the course of their fellowship during journal club reviews, didactic lectures, and/or independent study. Each fellow will present several conferences each year to allow for every individual fellow to perform systematic literature reviews; this will allow each fellow’s ability to synthesize data and teach peers. As part of the yearly conference schedule, the following subjects will be reviewed as part of journal club and core lecture series during the three year fellowship. 

  • Principals of surgical oncology
  • Principals of radiation oncology
  • Principles of chemotherapy, hormonal and biologic therapy
  • Clinical trial design
  • Disorders of the hematopoietic system
  • Normal and pathologic hemostasis
  • Hematologic malignancies
  • Lymphoid malignancies
  • Site specific solid tumors (colon, breast, etc)
  • Hematologic and oncologic emergencies
  • Local therapies for metastatic tumors
  • Paraneoplastic syndromes
  • Stem cell transplantation
  • Cancer in pregnancy
  • Complications of treatment of chemotherapy
  • Supportive care
  • Geriatric oncology
  • Survivorship issues
  • Psychosocial aspects of cancer care
  • Communication skills
  • Basic hematology and pathology concepts and techniques 


1. Journal Club: 

Journal Club will be held once per month on Friday at 12N. During this conference, at least one article from peer‐reviewed journals are presented by fellows and discussed with Section faculty and fellows. Articles reviewed include important current literature in Oncology and Hematology. 

Goals are to keep fellows and faculty current on important literature in the fields of both Hematology and Oncology. Further, journal club allows for fellow education in the review of epidemiology and biostatistics techniques, and for critical review of methods, results, and conclusions of individual articles. The impact of the reviewed article on the practice of Hematology and Oncology will be discussed. 

2. Tumor Board: 

Tumor Boards are a multi‐disciplinary conference which takes place on Monday (7:45AM for H+N monthly), Tuesdays at 7AM weekly, Thursday at 7AM and Fridays at 7AM weekly. These conferences includes the Departments of Pathology, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Surgery. Tumor board exposes fellows to the multidisciplinary management of cancer care. A patient’s pertinent clinical, radiographic, and pathologic findings are reviewed; consensus for therapeutic plans is reached amongst the various disciplines. 

Goals include facilitating patient care, education in use of pathologic specimens for patient evaluation, working knowledge of radiologic techniques used in diagnosis and therapy. 

3. Oncology and Hematology Didactic Sessions: 

Fellow Core Curriculum Lectures are held weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12N. Oncology topics will be discussed weekly and benign hematology twice monthly. These sessions include faculty speakers, fellow and guest speaker presentations on topics specific to Hematology and Oncology. 

4. Case Conference: 

The clinical case conference is held weekly at 1PM. This conference serves as a detailed case review of patient cases from the inpatient service. Fellows are expected to present the case; discussion will center on the medical literature used to justify therapeutic decisions. This conference serves as a method for assessing transitions of care from the inpatient fellow to the weekend on call fellow. 


Over the course of the three-year fellowship, fellows are expected to attend at least 80% of conferences/didactic sessions. Unless excused for vacation or illness, fellows training at UMC are expected to attend all conferences. Copies of PowerPoint slides will be available on the fellowship webpage and should be reviewed by fellows who miss any sessions. 


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