HematologyEducation

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) aims to train its fellows to be master clinicians who excel at the bedside and are role-model mentors and teachers who always deliver ideal hematology and oncology care in the context of well-designed clinical trials and are skilled in prevention, treatment, and end-of-life care. In addition, selected fellows train for careers as clinical investigators and translational scientists in the environment of our National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center, the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC).

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is accredited for 12 fellows, there are currently 4 fellows in each of the three years of the program. The program uses the clinical, research, and academic resources of three major institutions: the Audie L Murphy V A Hospital for inpatient oncology, hematology, and its Bone Marrow Transplant Unit; the University Hospital for inpatient hematology, and oncology consultation services; and the CTRC, for its extensive hematology and oncology subspecialty clinics, its clinical trials infrastructure, and important research programs.

 
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Program Summary

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is a three-year program with training in both clinical and translational research. The clinical training qualifies fellows for board certification in both hematology and oncology. The first year for most fellows consists of clinical rotations, including dedicated outpatient rotations, inpatient hematology and oncology consultations, inpatient leukemia/lymphoma service, bone marrow transplantation, and electives. The second and third years are more flexible and are tailored to the specific interests of the individual fellows, involving approximately three months of patient-directed training each year with the remainder of the time devoted to academic research.

All first year fellows attend two clinics per week. One clinic is devoted to patients with benign or malignant hematological disorders. The other clinic is a "continuity experience" for patients with a variety of solid tumors. Second and third year fellows have one or two clinics depending on their career goals. Second and third year fellows spend most of their time on clinical or translational research under the guidance of faculty mentors.

This program provides preparation for dual certification in hematology and oncology. At the end of training, graduates will be well qualified to pursue academic careers and independent biomedical research.

Application for the program should be made in the second year of the applicant’s house staff training. Applications should be submitted before the end of December, to ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) one and a half to 2 years before matriculation is desired. We participate in the Medical Specialty Matching Program (MSMP).