The program has both clinical and research strengths. The diversity of the patient population in the three hospitals provides an exceptional clinical experience which covers a broad spectrum of diseases encountered in inner city, minority, 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 a one month elective in stem cell transplantation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
This clinical program is augmented with weekly conferences in hematology and medical oncology, multidisciplinary conferences with radiology, surgery, radiation oncology and pathology. Histology reviews of all cases are held weekly and led by 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.