In the course of completing the Lankenau Medical Center Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship Program, residents will have the opportunity to gain competence or expertise in the performance and (where applicable) interpretation of the following:

  • Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy
  • Measurement of the complete blood count
  • Administration of chemotherapeutic agents and biological response modifiers
  • Management and care if indwelling venous access catheters
  • Therapeutic phlebotomy
  • Therapeutic thoracentesis and paracentesis
  • Serial measurement of palpable tumor masses
  • Correlation of clinical information with cytology, histology and imaging techniques

Additionally, residents will have formal instruction, clinical experience or opportunities to acquire knowledge in the following:

  • Morphology, physiology and biochemistry of blood, marrow, lymphatic tissue and the spleen
  • Basic molecular and pathophysiologic mechanisms, diagnosis and therapy of diseases of the blood
  • Etiology, epidemiology, natural history, diagnosis, pathology, staging and management of neoplastic disorders
  • Immune markers, immunophenotyping, cytochemical studies and cryogenic and DNA analysis of neoplastic disorders
  • Molecular mechanisms of neoplasia
  • Chemotherapeutic drugs, biologic products and growth factors and their mechanisms of action
  • Multiagent chemotherapy protocols and combined modality therapy in the treatment of neoplastic disorders
  • Principles and application of surgery and radiation therapy in the treatment of neoplastic disorders
  • Management of the neutropenic and/or immunocompromised patient
  • Effects of systemic disorders, infections, solid tumors and drugs on the blood, blood-forming organs and lymphatic tissues
  • Allogeneic and autologous bone marrow transplantation and the nature and management of post transplant complications
  • Indications and application of imaging techniques in patients with blood and neoplastic diseases
  • Pathophysiology and patterns of solid tumor metastases
  • Principles of gynecologic oncology
  • Pain management in the cancer patient
  • Rehabilitation and psychosocial management of patients
  • Hospice and home care for the cancer patient