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Curriculum

Clinical Training

During your Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship clinical training, you will have supervised experiences caring for a large number of patients with a broad range of hematological and oncological problems. The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology evaluates 125 to 130 new oncology patients annually.

Rotation Schedule
The following is a typical rotation schedule:

Core Clinical Laboratories 3 months
Clinical Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 9-12 months
Electives 3 months
Research 18-21 months

Didactic Training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all integral parts of the program. You also can enroll in courses for credit within Mayo Graduate School. Courses cover topics such as medical statistics, cancer biology, biochemistry, immunology and pharmacology.

Research Training

During the latter half of the first year, you can choose a laboratory-based research project. Fellows can do a master's in clinical research training or public health . For clinically oriented fellows alternate clinical research pathways are available. During this project, which should have a well-defined goal, you will learn basic science techniques in molecular genetics, biochemistry, immunology and pharmacology.

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Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of your fellowship. First year fellows meet monthly with the fellowship program director. All fellows are evaluated on a quarterly basis with forms developed specifically for the clinical and lab-based rotations.

Call Frequency

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 (ACGME).

Teaching Opportunities

Fellows have ample opportunities for teaching residents and medical students in the clinical setting. They also participate in morning report and chief's conference weekly while on hospital service. In addition, they are assigned to give one noontime lecture to the residents per year. During their third year, the fellows present their research at pediatric grand rounds/research conference.

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