Research Training

During their first year of the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Hematology and Oncology Fellowship, fellows investigate opportunities for basic or translational research in hematology, cancer biology or a clinical research program within University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. In order to attain dual board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), fellows are required to do 18 months of research and scholarly activity during their fellowship.

Developing a Research Plan

Program and division directors work with each first-year hematology and oncology fellow to identify areas of interest, potential clinical and research mentors and draft a research plan. We help fellows use these research plans as a basis for applications to the following:

  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Methods in Molecular Biology
  • American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Vail Clinical Trials Workshop
  • ASH Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI)

More than half of our current fellows have participated in VAIL or ASH CRTI during their first or second years of training.

Fellows are encouraged to present their research results at national meetings, including ASCO, ASH and ASBMT.

Areas of Research Expertise

A variety of ongoing research within the Division of Hematology and Oncology and in other divisions and centers is available to

hematology-oncology fellows. Specific areas of research expertise include:

Multidisciplinary Subspecialty Programs

Multidisciplinary subspecialty programs include:

  • Breast
  • Gastrointestinal Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) - learn more on
  • Genitourinary
  • Prevention and control, cancer genetics and clinical trials
  • Upper Aerodigestive Cancers

Quality and Outcomes Research and Palliative Care

Quality and outcomes research and palliative care are represented within the Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program and have served as excellent bases for fellow research in the past. Learn more detailed information about the research focus of the faculty.