Education & Training

The Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Hematology and Oncology Fellowship is an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited program. Two- or three-year training programs in hematology and/or medical oncology are available, resulting in trainee eligibility for the Hematology and/or Medical Oncology ABIM board examinations. The three year combined program is preferred and emphasized.

Program components include:

Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program Goals

The dual goals of the Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program are to educate and train hematology and oncology thought leaders for the 21st century(academic track), and to train expert clinicians to provide outstanding medical care to patients with benign and malignant hematologic disorders (clinical track), and solid tumor malignancies.

The program emphasizes opportunities for clinical, basic and translational research for all of our fellows. Our didactic curriculum and clinical training curriculum interweave themes of basic science, medical knowledge, research and scholarship, clinical mastery, leadership, and professionalism.

Clinical Training Focus in Both Medical Oncology and Hematology

The first year is focused on clinical training in both medical oncology and hematology primarily in the inpatient hospital setting. In the second and third years, trainees then focus on specific disease areas based more in the outpatient setting with disease-specific experts at the UH Seidman Cancer Center. Research and academic career development are emphasized; we expect (require) that all fellows will have at least one first-author publication or a presentation at a major meeting by the time of graduation, based on their scholarly activity.

ACGME Board Certification Requirements

As per ACGME, single-board certification requires 12 months of clinical training in a 24-month period; dual board certification requires 18 months of clinical training in 36 months. Throughout the program, an outpatient continuity clinic is maintained one-half day per week. Additional clinics are based upon rotations through disease-focused clinics in each of the major disease areas and each trainee's clinical and subspecialty research interests.

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