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Welcome to the Brown Medical School Hematology-Oncology Fellowship website. You will find descriptions of the training program, the participating hospitals, and research opportunities below.
This website will introduce you to our program and will describe our two-fold mission:
Graduating fellows are well equipped to pursue scholarly academic careers and for the challenges of clinical practice in Hematology and Medical Oncology.
There is a full schedule of clinical, educational, and research conferences. Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds is a weekly state of the art conference by fellows, Brown faculty, and visiting faculty. Other educational conferences include weekly Morning Report (clinical management of challenging cases), monthly Hematopathology Conference, monthly Hemostasis Conference, and others. Fellows and faculty discuss current literature in the monthly Journal Club. Each hospital has its own schedule of Tumor Boards and other teaching conferences.
Each fellow has an outpatient clinic at one of the participating hospitals, in which he or she follows a group of patients throughout the fellowship. Additional outpatient clinics, including specialty clinics, are scheduled in the latter years of the fellowship.
Approximately one half of recent trainees have entered academic careers, but others have pursued advanced training in stem cell transplantation, entered private practice, or worked in the pharmaceutical industry.
Thank you for your interest in the Brown University Hematology-Oncology Fellowship. We look forward to hearing from you.
Anthony Mega, MD
Matthew Quesenberry, MD
Thomas Ollila, MD
Sabrina Witherby, MD
Galina Lagos, MD
The Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Brown University will be devoted to the rigorous training and development of physician scientists to become future leaders in clinical and/or laboratory investigation.
The Brown University Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program will provide rigorous and comprehensive training in:
The core curriculum is developed to provide comprehensive training in cancer biology, clinical oncology and hematology, and fundamentals of clinical research, including:
The program uses the facilities and faculty of four Brown Medical School teaching hospitals: Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, and the Providence Veterans Administration Hospital. Fellows gain a broad perspective in hematology and oncology by working closely with the faculty, the diverse patient populations, and the clinical and laboratory research at the various hospitals. Additional rotations include the bone marrow transplant unit at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and elective rotations in radiation oncology, pediatric hematology/oncology, gynecologic oncology, hematopathology, blood banking, and others.
Fellows participate in two outpatient clinic sessions per week. Fellows will generally have a continuity clinic and a specialty clinic.
Current oncology/malignant hematology clinics include:
Each clinical program stresses the integration of clinical and laboratory research with clinical care. Presentations of both clinical and laboratory research will be emphasized at divisional and clinical program conferences.
Patients with hemophilia, thoracic malignancies, breast, melanoma, and genitourinary malignancies are seen in multidisciplinary clinics. In these settings, patients can be seen by their hematologist/oncologist, surgeons, social workers, and nurses in an efficient coordinated setting.
Fellows may perform laboratory or clinical research. In the first year of fellowship, each fellow is assigned an advisor who helps the fellow focus research interests and assists in the selection of mentors for the research phase of training. Faculty mentors are independent clinical and/or laboratory investigators with proven records of accomplishment. By the end of the first year, each fellow and mentor are expected to prepare a research proposal outlining either a laboratory research project and training program or a clinical research project outlining the design and conduct of a clinical trial. During the research phase of the training, fellow funding is derived from contract and grant revenue that is supplemented by institutional sources as necessary.
During the research training period, the mentor will be responsible for meeting regularly with the fellow to insure that a focused and testable hypothesis is developed. A Cancer Center Statistician will work with the fellow in the development of a protocol. The mentor is responsible for oversight of trial design and conduct, regulatory requirements, data collection analysis and interpretation, culminating in the presentation of research and manuscript preparation. Collaboration with multi-disciplinary research teams including basic scientists, statisticians and other clinician-scientists will be an integral part of this process. During this period, the fellow will maintain focused clinical activity in the appropriate subspecialty clinic(s), receiving ongoing clinical training as well as training in protocol maintenance and accrual, regulatory, and ethical issues in research. This practical experience will be complemented with formal coursework in clinical research methodology.
All laboratory research fellows will continue to attend one half-day outpatient session per week related to patient care. This will allow the fellow to devote the required time to laboratory investigation while maintaining clinical skills. Fellows attend selected conferences to interact with other fellows, investigators, and distinguished scientists from other institutions. Informal presentations of research will occur regularly.
Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. The program participates in the Medical Specialties Match Program (MSMP) of the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).
Fellowship Training Program Coordinator
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Rhode Island Hospital, George 312
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903