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Fellowship

Educational Curriculum

Clinical Responsibilities

  • The Hematology/Oncology fellows' responsibilities include outpatient, inpatient and consultation services in oncology, hematology, hematologic malignancies and bone marrow transplantation.  Fellows will be expected to perform the following functions under the direct supervision of the faculty of the Divisions of Hematology and Medical Oncology:
  • Evaluation, management and follow-up of all referred consultations, inpatients and outpatients with hematologic and oncologic disorders.
  • Evaluation, management and follow-up of all NJRHP (New Jersey Regional Hemophilia Program) patients.
  • Participation in the management of transfusion reactions and in overseeing appropriateness of transfusion indications.
  • Participation in therapeutic apheresis.

Teaching

The Training Program provides opportunity for the specialty residents to develop teaching skills by involving them, under supervision and mentorship, in bedside teaching, small group and conference presentations for medical students and internal medicine residents.  Such sessions will be monitored and evaluated and appropriate feedback given to the specialty fellows.

Each fellow is expected to present each year two to three one-hour in-depth scholarly discussions on a medical topic of their choosing – based on literature search.  It should include a PowerPoint presentation and handouts for the audience.

The fellows are required to participate in four Journal Club sessions per month, with each fellow presenting and discussing selected articles during an average of four to five sessions per year.

Monthly educational activities, conferences and journal clubs:

Daily

Teaching Rounds/Management Rounds - Oncology Service
Teaching Rounds/Management Rounds - Hematology Service
Teaching Rounds/Management Rounds - Lymphoma/Leukemia Service
Teaching Rounds/Management Rounds - Bone Marrow Transplantation Service

Weekly

Hemophilia Multidisciplinary Conference
Radiation Oncology Conference
Hematopathology Leukemia Conference
Hematopathology Lymphoma Conference
Hematology/Oncology Grand Rounds
Oncology Multidisciplinary Conference
GU/GI/Lung/Breast - Cancer Management Conference
Medical Grand Rounds
Hematology/Oncology Board Review

Biweekly

Hematology/Oncology Journal Club
Hematology/Oncology Didactic Lecture Series
Cancer Institute Research and Journal Club

Monthly

Hematology/Oncology Research Seminar
Hematology/Oncology Fellow Presentations

Program Resources

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital:
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), New Brunswick, New Jersey is the major teaching hospital of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. It has 507 medical/surgical beds, accredited residency in all specialties and subspecialties, and serves as a tertiary care facility for the 2.8 million people living in Central New Jersey. The hospital has an oncology floor with 32 beds, a hematologic malignancy floor with 20 beds and a designated Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit with 12 beds.

Ambulatory Clinics:

The Clinical Academic Building, Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Jersey Shore University Medical Center provide extensive ambulatory facilities for hematology and oncology outpatient care.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ):
The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (www.cinj.org) is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and is dedicated to improving the prevention, detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer.  CINJ’s physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life.  The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is a center of excellence of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Radiation Oncology:

The Department of Radiation Oncology is an integral part of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ).  The clinical department provides patients with a wide range of radiation oncology services. The treatment clinic at RWJUH, has two Varian 21EX linear accelerators equipped with on-board imagers (OBI), one Tomotherapy unit, one Philips AcQsim CT simulator, one Varian Acuity CBCT simulator, one Varian VariSource HDR unit, eighteen Varian Eclipse/Somavision treatment planning workstations (with IMRT), one PET/CT workstation, and two Radionics Radiosurgery treatment planning workstations. The department will be installing a Gamma-Knife Radiosurgery system in spring 2010. Please visit the website http://www2.umdnj.edu/raoncweb/.

Special Programs:

  • The Peripheral Stem Cell and Marrow Transplant Program is located at RWJUH.  Transplantation includes allogeneic and autologous marrow and peripheral stem cell.
  • The New Jersey Regional Hemophilia Program (NJRHP), the program's main comprehensive and diagnostic treatment center for Hemophilia, is located at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Additionally, the NJRHP is the state's tertiary referral facility for all bleeding disorders. The program is one of the largest of its kind in the country and is widely recognized for its clinical and research activities.
  • The Women with Bleeding Disorders Program provides comprehensive diagnostic and management services for gynecological and other bleeding disorders in women.
  • The Transfusion Medicine Program is located at RWJUH.  The apheresis service of the Transfusion Program serves central New Jersey.
  • The Thrombosis Center provides tertiary diagnostic and management services for hypercoagulable states.
  • The Regional Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program at RWJMS provides diagnostic and management services for patients with hemoglobinopathies. It is the site for the only transition clinic in the state of New Jersey.

Special Rotations:

a.   Jersey Shore University Medical Center
    
The subspecialty fellows rotate through Jersey Shore University Medical Center, which provides them with the opportunity to gain private practice experience in a community hospital environment. One Hematology/Oncology subspecialty resident (PGY IV, V or VI) will be assigned an average of a one-month-per-year block rotation at JSUMC.  

b.   Hematopathology and Hemostasis Laboratory
     
The first-year subspecialty residents are each assigned to one month's rotation on the Hematopathology service and Special Hemostasis Laboratory. During this rotation, the subspecialty fellow in general spends his mornings in the Special Hemostasis Laboratory and the afternoons in the Hematopathology service.

c.   Radiation Oncology
     
The second-year subspecialty residents are assigned to one month's rotation in Radiation Oncology.  During this rotation the subspecialty resident will gain familiarity with the treatment of malignant diseases with ionizing radiation.  

d.   Transfusion Medicine
      The second-year subspecialty residents rotate for one month on the Transfusion Medicine Service.  During this rotation the subspecialty resident is provided with the opportunity to observe and perform the technical aspects of Transfusion Medicine, including the evaluation of antibodies, blood compatibility, and the indications for and complications of blood component therapy and apheresis procedures.