This fellowship is a well-rounded program, promoting highly skilled clinicians with good research exposure. The first two years are spent in clinical rotations and the last year is spent in electives.
You will receive training in hematology, learning neoplastic and non-neoplastic disorders, as well as developing clinical competence in blood and marrow transplantation techniques. Medical oncology training involves learning methods of diagnosis, staging, management and treatment of solid tumors.
You will attend a series of core educational conferences and also provide education by preparing and presenting interesting patient conferences, pathological conferences, journal clubs and teaching to interns and medical students. You will be invited to lectures by visiting faculty and special guests.
As a Mayo Clinic fellow, you will have access to a training experience that is both broad and highly specialized. All programs are designed to effectively prepare you for a career in hematology/oncology. Many staff hematologists and oncologists serve as mentors and their various backgrounds offer a rich diversity of clinical expertise.
This training program will give you expertise in hematology and oncology, which includes mastering the clinical practice of benign hematology, hematologic and solid tumor malignancies, and blood and marrow transplantation. It also includes knowledge and understanding of the basic science behind both pathology and therapy of hematologic and oncologic diseases.
While on clinical rotations, you will receive diversified patient care experiences on hematology and oncology inpatient services at Mayo Clinic Hospital and outpatient clinics at Mayo Clinic Arizona.
Fellows are required to rotate through clinical rotations for at least 18 months in order to satisfy the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) requirements for subspecialty board examinations.
Throughout your fellowship, you will attend clinical pathology conferences, morbidity and mortality conferences, journal clubs, seminars and other didactic sessions. You also will attend various weekly conferences.
Currently, at Mayo Clinic Arizona, there are more than 60 active research protocols in the Hematology/Oncology area.
The last 12 months of your fellowship will be active in conducting clinical or laboratory research. Your research opportunities can range from basic bench science to clinical trials or epidemiology. You may develop projects in cooperation with clinical and laboratory investigators in hematology/oncology. By interacting with disease-oriented groups and receiving intensive mentoring, you are ensured a productive and educational research experience.
Your call schedule will vary by individual rotation. Generally, an internal medicine resident stays at the hospital nights, with hematology/oncology fellows as backup for questions. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Moonlighting is permitted for licensed fellows. Moonlighting activities may be scheduled during those times when you are assigned to consultative or outpatient rotations.
Moonlighting should not interfere with required learning and must not violate the ACGME's work hour rules or visa regulations. Moonlighting should not compromise your education, but rather enhance it.