Program Overview

At the end of their three-year training program, residents will be able to identify, diagnose and treat most of the hematology/oncology problems that they will encounter in their practice.

Many of these goals will be accomplished during the elective rotation by in-depth review of commonly encountered hematological and oncological problems.

Residents or fourth year medical students rotating on Pediatric Hematology/Oncology elective will focus on practical aspects of common conditions.

Basic knowledge of the etiology and pathogenesis of common disorders, as well as some uncommon conditions that illustrate essential elements of disease pathophysiology, is essential and is reviewed in detail with the faculty.

Residents receive a syllabus of selected reviews and relevant article. They actively participate in a busy academic schedule that includes didactic lectures, grand rounds, informal discussions, journal club, tumor board and seminars.

Much of the learning is case based and takes place in the office, at the microscope and at the bedside. Interesting cases will serve as the basis to direct their reading during the rotation. At the beginning of the rotation, several important topics will be chosen by the attending and the rotating resident for special emphasis.

Formal sessions will be given by members of the faculty and fellow. In addition, the resident/student will be asked to review a particular subject for subsequent presentation in front of members of the division at the end of the rotation.

Throughout the rotation, residents or medical students will be in contact with all members of the division faculty, each of whom specializes in a specific area of hematology, hemostasis, hematological malignancies, solid tumors, vascular anomalies and bone marrow transplantation.

Thus, residents and students receive broad exposure to all areas of pediatric hematology/oncology, through attendance at ambulatory clinics of each faculty member, followed by select case discussions of the day's patients and short didactic sessions.

Residents and students see consultations referred by other services on both the Tisch and Bellevue hospital campuses.

Typically the resident or student reviews the case, elicits a focused history, examines the patient and then presents their findings, differential diagnosis and plan to the inpatient Attending Physician.

S/he may also review the literature for interesting consults, and writes the consult note, co-signed by the Attending Physician.

Residents are highly encouraged to observe and perform weekly procedures (spinal tap, bone marrow aspirate and biopsy) with the attending physician. Review of bone marrow and peripheral blood morphology is conducted once a week with an attending physician.