The Division of Hematology/Oncology emphasizes clinical instruction and research training in an academic environment.
The principal training experience is a 3-year program that provides comprehensive training in benign and malignant hematology, hemostasis and thrombosis, advanced hematopoietic cellular therapies and solid tumor malignancies and prepares physicians for various careers. Graduates of the program have gone on to leadership positions in academic medicine, clinical practice, industry and health policy.
The program's first year is devoted to an immersive clinical experience in our outpatient hematology and oncology center. This includes long-term continuity clinics and shorter rotations across a broad range of sub-specialty areas in hematology and oncology. Taken together, first-year fellows participate in subspecialty clinic practices across the hematology and oncology spectrum, including benign and malignant hematology, breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, neurologic and thoracic oncology. During the first year, fellows also complete 2-month rotations at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass. This rotation provides exposure to a community oncology practice in a multidisciplinary setting.
The second and third years of the program include advanced inpatient rotations on stem cell transplant, consult and palliative care services. Still, the major focus is on an immersive research experience that complements the rigorous clinical training. The training program has always emphasized the importance of basic, translation and clinical research training and our fellows have generated a long track record of scientific publication and awards. One, half-day per week is reserved for the fellow's continuity clinic experience and additional subspecialty clinic options, including a nationally known program in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship. Elective time is reserved for additional clinical experience at the trainee's request and the program director's approval. An extensive learning curriculum delivered through a comprehensive conference series parallels the experiential clinical learning throughout all 3 fellowship years.
After the training program, fellows can sit for internal medicine subspecialty certification board exams in both hematology and medical oncology. Due to the combined nature of the training, most of our fellow graduates elect to become board-certified in both sub-specialties.