Program Aims

Program aims of the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Hematology and Oncology Fellowship are measurable behaviors expected of program graduates, including aims based on societal/community needs. Through a focus on these program aims; our graduates will lead discovery and innovation as physician-scientists and provide expert patient-centered care as physician clinical specialists. Our Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program aims include:

  1. Demonstrate competence in recognition, diagnosis and management of common conditions in hematology and oncology.
    1. Fellows will demonstrate and report comfort caring for a diverse population.
  2. Pass the medical oncology and hematology board exams
  3. Fellows will be successful in achieving job placement after fellowship in the career path of their choosing.
    1. The majority will practice most of their time in the subspecialty of their choice.
    2. Our fellowship intends to offer fellows the resources including time and mentorship to pursue academic careers with a scholarly focus in discovery and/or teaching through implementation of the "academic track." Our goal is that at least half of trainees will enter career paths in academic medicine.
    3. Fellows entering private practice or clinical medicine will have clinical training commensurate to their goals through the implementation of "clinical track" in the 2nd and 3rd years.
  4. Fellows will learn and feel comfortable with the basics of clinical and/or translational research. Fellows will collaborate in research with faculty, mentors, and/or each other and produce mentored research or other scholarly activity.
    1. Fellows will participate in the Clinical Research and Scholars Program, "Introduction to Clinical Research" (CRSP 401) at the beginning of their 2nd year.
    2. Fellows will be expected to complete mentored research or equivalent academic project during their three years of fellowship. As part of this, fellows will have the opportunity to develop research protocols for submission to ASCO/VAIL clinical trials workshop, AACR: Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology workshop, or ASTCT workshop.
    3. Fellows will be expected to share their work to the wider community. This means fellows will be expected to present research at national meetings and/or publish in academic journals.
  5. Fellows will receive training about effective, compassionate, and professional communication with patients and colleagues
    1. First-year fellows will participate in the OncoTalk retreat program where first-year fellows meet for a 2.5-day retreat aimed at teaching communication skills in patient-centered care and having difficult conversations.
  6. Fellows will participate in quality assessment committees for our inpatient services and outpatient practice, and learn the essentials of quality improvement.
  7. Every fellow will achieve the ABIM milestones for medical subspecialty as assessed by individual evaluations and Clinical Competency Committee assessment.
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