Mayo Clinic's three-year Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship consists of 15 to 18 months of clinical experience and 18 to 21 months of research experience.
You gain rich clinical experience during the fellowship as you care for a large number of patients with a broad range of hematologic and oncologic disorders. The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology evaluates 125 to 130 new oncology patients annually in addition to a large number of patients with hematologic conditions.
Highly skilled experts from the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology work as part of a multispecialty team to provide customized care for patients with hematologic and oncologic conditions. Multidisciplinary programs at Mayo Clinic include bone marrow transplant, neuro-oncology, sarcoma and the Comprehensive Hemophilia Center.
Fellows gain experience in providing comprehensive care for simple and complex hematologic/oncologic conditions in outpatient and inpatient settings, and in enrolling and treating patients in clinical research trials. Fellows also learn to facilitate the integration of palliative care for patients with advanced diseases.
Fellows have a regular continuity clinic experience, maintain a panel of patients and have an increasing level of autonomy through the years. This experience helps fellows establish an ongoing relationship with patients during the three years of their fellowship.
A typical rotation schedule:
|Core clinical laboratories
|Sickle cell rotation
|Bone marrow transplantation
Elective time includes:
- Pain and palliative medicine
- Radiation oncology
Fellows have a wide range of didactic opportunities, which include innovative educational programs to help build a very strong fund of knowledge while promoting lifelong learning and discovery.
Conferences include but are not limited to:
- Core lectures
- Tumor board
- Education sessions
- Journal club
- Board review sessions
In addition, various workshops also are conducted throughout the year on a multitude of topics, including:
- Breaking bad news
- Chemotherapy competency
- Cross-cultural communication
- Humanism and professionalism
Fellows can attend various Mayo-wide conferences if it suits their career interests and can enroll in courses for credit within Mayo Graduate School.
Fellows receive a mentored research experience in laboratory and clinical research. In the first year, fellows receive initial exposure to research methods, potential mentors and ongoing research projects. In the second and third years, fellows have protected time for learning research methodology and hypothesis-driven research projects resulting in presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
Fellows also have access to unique research opportunities that are available to very few trainees in the nation. These opportunities provide fellows with a strong platform for academic growth and future careers as leaders in the field.
Interested fellows also can pursue a diploma or master's degree in clinical and translational science. The program provides generous support for presenting research work at national and international society meetings. Participants also have the opportunity to attend one expenses-paid national conference.
Fellows are required to be on call only when assigned to hospital service. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Fellows have ample opportunities for teaching residents and medical students in the clinical setting. They also attend workshops on the skills needed to become successful educators.
Fellows are evaluated on each rotation they complete, each presentation they give and all procedures they perform. Mayo Clinic uses MedHub for evaluating trainees, which allows fellows to evaluate their supervising physicians and the fellowship to provide the best educational experience for fellows. Evaluations include 360-degree assessments with input from peers and allied health staff.