About the Section
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Chicago offer a three-year Fellowship Program.
The goal of the Fellowship Program is to train pediatricians in the clinical discipline of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and to prepare them for an independent investigative career in an academic setting.
Throughout all years of the Fellowship, the Fellows follow their own patients starting from diagnosis during the inpatient service months, and continuing with follow-up care in the outpatient clinic. During research time, Fellows usually will continue to follow and care for their own patients in the clinic (one half day per week), and to participate in Sickle Cell Clinic at La Rabida Children’s Hospital. The Fellows attend and participate in multidisciplinary meetings including Pediatric Tumor Board, Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Conference, and Psychosocial Rounds, all conducted within the section. A number of conferences outside of the section are encouraged including Medical Hematology/Oncology Conference, Sarcoma Conference and Brain Tumor Conference. The Department of Pediatrics conducts numerous other conferences including Pediatric Grand Rounds, Pediatric Chief of Service Rounds, Pediatric Morbidity and Mortality Conference and Morning Report.
The first year is largely clinical with 6-7 months of service on the inpatient Pediatric Oncology Service, Transplantation Service, and Outpatient Oncology Clinics. Required additional rotations include Sickle Cell Anemia, Blood Banking, Hematopathology, Coagulation, Radiation Oncology, and Cytogenetics.
The second year is focused on research training. The fellow’s time is protected to allow concentration on investigation. Fellows can choose from among a multitude of outstanding laboratories or research units at the University of Chicago within the Section, within the Department, or outside of the Department, as long as the arrangement is acceptable to the head of the laboratory or research unit and to Drs. Cunningham and Beyer. We hope for this decision to occur as early as possible. Fellows will be encouraged and assisted in writing of grant applications during this year.
The third year is focused on a continuation of research training. Fellows anticipating predominantly clinical careers may spend additional months on the clinical service. It is expected that the Fellow will write one or more research papers during this year. Fellows are expected to present their research findings at national meetings and travel will be supported.
Fellows will be selected through the National Resident Match Program. You must submit an application to the NRMP.
For general questions about applying to our training program, please contact:
Program Coordinator at (773)702-6808.
For inquiries about our clinical and research training, please contact: