The Clinical Training Program
Georgetown's fellowship training program offers clinical training to prepare fellows for certification as follows:
The first year of clinical training for medical oncology and hematology fellows is focused on an in-depth clinical experience that integrates the fellows into the primary care of the division's patients. The weekly outpatient schedule is divided into disease-specific clinics, which are attended by faculty with expertise in these diseases. The outpatient clinics are a major focus for clinical teaching. During patient visits, faculty members and fellows review patient management, disease response, and treatment selection. An integrated approach to patient management is stressed, including coordination of care with research nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, the psychiatry liaison service, and other disciplines, as indicated.
Additionally, from the onset of first year, fellows are assigned a mentor. This mentor works with the fellow to hone in on a career focus (research or clinical), guiding them through the fellowship to ensure the fellow is an expert in that focus by the end of the three years. Regardless of this focus, all fellows will be involved in a scholarly project (e.g., writing a review, protocol development) during their first year.
The second year of fellowship is divided between clinical and research time. Clinically, fellows will continue to grow in their mastery of clinical hematology and oncology. They will also have dedicated months free of clinical duties to focus on projects that they have developed with their mentor and other faculty members.
The third year schedule varies, depending upon the fellow’s future goals. Those intending to pursue an academic career use this year to focus on their research projects. Those intending on entering practice spend additional time in the various, disease-specific clinics.
More detailed information about our Fellowship Program is available on the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University website