The small program size and approachable attendings make for a strong, cohesive and collegial training experience and education. Our robust didactic schedule encourages greater faculty participation and provides a well rounded curriculum that includes
- Grand rounds with national speakers, journal club, randomized clinical trials, board review sessions, basic science lecture.
- Microscopy rounds with hematopathology, lung tumor conference, GI oncology conference, hematology oncology pathology conference, and fellows’ continuity clinic review.
- Wellness and a formal end-of-life curriculum to augment the academic medicine sessions.
- Multidisciplinary conferences for breast, lung and hepatobiliary-pancreatic/colorectal cancers.
- System-wide tumor work groups and conferences for breast, GI, lung and G/U cancers where fellows are encouraged to present cases.
The Fellowship curriculum provides trainees with exposure to both basic science and clinical research. This educational experience can be further individualized for fellows who wish to pursue a different career path (i.e. working for the pharmaceutical industry or in the bone marrow transplant setting). It is hoped that a meaningful research experience during fellowship will carry over into clinical practice by instilling a sense of inquiry and self.
- Our Basic Science curriculum covers the discovery of the gene, how it works, how and why it is clinically relevant, and how it is used to guide diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making. Through this teaching, fellows will make connections between the molecules/pathways and will build a unified understanding of how cancer cells become what they are and how to treat and diagnose them.
- The curriculum for the Lankenau Medical Center Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship is designed to provide trainees with the experience of treating a wide range of patients and illnesses, as well as pursuing scientific and academic knowledge and achievement. By stressing teamwork and cooperation between multiple medical disciplines, the program provides fellows the skills to work in the modern health care environment.
While Lankenau Medical Center serves as the primary training site for the Hematology Oncology Fellowship, fellows will also complete several core rotations at academic affiliate Thomas Jefferson University (TJU).