Training

Clinical

The first year is devoted to understanding the clinical biology and management of cancer and blood disorders. The fellow spends time in the inpatient services at both hospitals, managing the clinical care of patients admitted by the Hematology/Oncology service, and providing consultations on other patients including the new born and special care nurseries.

Outpatient experience is acquired in the Hassenfeld and Bellevue clinics; this will include two half day continuity clinics a week.The fellow will continue to attend one half day continuity clinic per week during the research years.

The first-year fellow is also taught about blood banking, hematopathology, and laboratory hematology with a special emphasis on coagulation and hemoglobinopathies.

Autologous bone marrow transplant is part of the inpatient experience. Until the allogeneic unit is completed, the fellow will spend one month in an allogeneic unit in the City.

Research

"Je cherche a comprendre"
Jacques Monod (Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine 1965)

The bulk of the second and third years are spent in Research. At NYU there are myriad opportunities to work with an outstanding community of scientists in clinical, basic or translational research.

During the first year the fellow will be guided to choose a mentor and a project relating to the causes and/or therapy of cancer and blood diseases. Our aim is to introduce the fellow to the understanding of research design and the scientific method and to experience the excitement and frustrations of research.

It is intended that each fellow will have a "finished product" at the end of the training, in the form of a publication in a peer reviewed journal. Fellows will attend courses in biostatistics and research design, and ethical principles in research.

Fellows who develop an interest in research and would like to make it the emphasis of their career are encouraged and provided with opportunities to continue their training.

Teaching

In addition to the day to day informal mentoring at the bed-side, the clinic and the laboratory, the program has a regular schedule of more formal teaching activities. These lectures and conferences are led by the fellows as well as the faculty.

It is our philosophy that the best way to understand a subject is to teach it to someone else. It is also our goal that all our graduates will be accomplished, dynamic and confident presenters in both didactic and informal settings.

Fellows are required to present at journal clubs and a variety of conferences throughout the three years. They are mentored on their presentations by a faculty member.

Financial support is available for the fellow to attend one meeting a year, and they may submit their research when appropriate.