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Hematology

Division Chief: Albert Braverman, MD
Address: 450 Clarkson Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Telephone: 718 270-2785
Number of first year fellows: by PGY year: 2-4 per year. Total 10
Number of faculty: (M.D. & Ph.D.): 14 Clinical and 4 Research
Hospitals fellows rotate to: Kings County Hospital Center, University Hospital Brooklyn, Brooklyn VA Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital
Sample Schedule of Assignment PGY 4 : 6 months each of Clinical Hematology and Clinical Medical Oncology.
  PGY5 : 4 months of Electives in Pediatric Hematology, Gyn Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Clinical laboratory. 8 months Clinical Hematology and Oncology,
3 months of basic research for fellows on research track.
  PGY 6: Blood Bank 1 month. Clinical Research 2 months. Clinical Hematology & Oncology Rotation 9 months. Basic Research 9 months (Research Track)
Research interests of the division: Vitamin B12 & Folate biochemistry and the molecular regulation of their binding proteins.
  Molecular mechanisms responsible for regulation of TG Fb 1 gene expression in vascular endothelium.
  Signal transduction & apoptosis in multiple myeloma.
  Regulation of platelets function by platelets protein disulfide isomerase.
  Participation in Cancer Chemotherapy Clinical trials.
  Clinical studies in patients with breast cancer and sickle cell disease.
Conference schedule: Weekly clinical grand rounds. Weekly didactic Hematology/Oncology Conferences (2 hours) Weekly multidisciplinary tumor boards and Radiation oncology conference.
Description of the educational aspects and advantage of the program: The program has both clinical and research strengths. The diversity of the patient population in the three hospitals provides an additional clinical experience which covers a broad spectrum of diseases encountered in inner city, medically underserved and immigrant populations together with the usual hematologic and malignant disorders seen in adult and elderly Americans. Extensive ambulatory care training is provided in the outpatient clinics which include general hematology, general medical oncology, and specialized clinics for breast cancer, sickle cell disease and gynecologic cancer.

Each institution has a special chemotherapy unit staffed by specially trained oncology nurses. There is an autologous bone marrow transplantation unit has been opened at the State University Hospital.

This clinical program is augmented with weekly conferences in hematology and medical oncology, multidiscipline conferences with radiology, surgery, radiation oncology and pathology. Histology reviews of all cases are held regularly with a member of the Department of Pathology.

The fellows are encouraged to participate in on going clinical studies with a faculty mentor.

Because of the large number of patients seen at the three institutions several clinical studies can be completed within the three year period of fellowship.

The program is also designed to provide an opportunity to work in the laboratory with a member of the facility (M.D. or Ph.D.) to learn fundamental techniques and develop an interest in biomedical research. There are on-going laboratory projects in vitamin B12 and folate metabolism, globin syntheses, leukemia hemostasis and endothelial cell regulation as well as clinical projects related to chemotherapy trials and sickle cell disease.
Application information: No match
Time frame for interviews: February - March of year proceeding start of fellowship
No deadlines
Eligibility for American Board of Internal Medicine
Contact : Ms. Sherine Bridgemohn
Address : SUNY HSCB (Box 20)
Room B5-495
450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn N.Y. 11203
Telephone : 718 270-2785
Fax : 718 270-1578
email: sherine.bridgemohan@downstate.edu