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Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program

As a program that ranks in the top half of pediatric cancer centers in the number of new cancer cases treated each year, we offer pediatric hematology-oncology fellows a robust and varied clinical experience with exposure to patients with virtually every form of childhood cancer and blood disorder.

The goal of our 3-year, ACGME-accredited program is to provide you with an educational experience in clinical and research aspects of pediatric hematology-oncology and build on the general competencies you achieved in your pediatric residency. We are verified as a Pediatric Teaching Hospital Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. We are also recognized as one of the best among children's hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

Our care team includes pediatric hematology-oncology physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologist, pharmacists, case manager, physical therapists, dietitians, child life specialist, chaplain, school liaison, school teacher, and multiple volunteers.

Curriculum

We accept one graduate of an accredited pediatric residency training program each year. Our program's 36-month curriculum and clinical rotation schedule are directed by faculty with expertise in the selected topics.

Year 1

First Year Clinical Rotation Schedule

8 weeks Outpatient clinic (16%)
29 weeks Inpatient service (60%)
2 weeks Hematopathology (4%)
2 weeks Radiation oncology at Cleveland Clinic Akron General (4%)
4 weeks Bone marrow transplant at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (8%)
2 weeks Blood bank coagulation (4%)
2 weeks Research exploration - Akron Children's/Kent State University/NEOMED (4%)

During the first year of subspecialty training, we focus on clinical and basic science knowledge and pediatric hematology-oncology skills. As a member of a multidisciplinary team, you'll have the opportunity to acquire communication skills, teaching tools and experience, self-learning practices, and teamwork/team-building skills.

One month of the first year will be allocated for transplant education at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to expose you to a higher volume of transplant patients. You will also spend 2 weeks in the radiation oncology department at Cleveland Clinic Akron General as well as 2 weeks in Akron Children's hematopathology lab. This will allow you to gain experience in radiation oncology as well as in the rationale, performance and interpretation of all aspects of hematology-oncology laboratory medicine.

In addition to strong clinical training, you'll also receive instruction in effective teaching, specifically covering:

  • Curriculum design
  • Information delivery in clinical settings and classrooms
  • Provision of feedback to learners
  • Assessment of educational outcomes
  • Development of teaching materials

 

Our curriculum will include instruction in such topics as the economics of healthcare and current healthcare management issues such as:

  • Cost-effective patient care
  • Practice management
  • Preventive care
  • Quality improvement
  • Resource allocation
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Prevention of medical errors

Year 2

Second Year Clinical Rotation Schedule

4 weeks Inpatient service (8%)
38 weeks Research at chosen site (78%)
3 weeks Biostatistical epidemiology online course (6%)
4 weeks Palliative care (8%)

The second year is primarily dedicated to research. You'll select a project, identify a mentor and become established in a lab or begin the design of a large-scale clinical or translational research project.

You will participate in 18 monthly conferences reviewing components of medical research such as clinical trial design, ethics of clinical trials, informed consent, basic statistical analysis, grant writing, data management and epidemiology.

Year 3

Third Year Clinical Rotation Schedule

8 weeks Inpatient service (16%)
41 weeks Research at chosen site (84%)

The third year also consists of research as well as time on the inpatient hematology-oncology service. You will focus on completing a research project that will lead to a first-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal. You will also be expected to function at an attending level with minimal (but always available) direction from the hematology-oncology faculty.

You'll participate in regular didactics, such as weekly interdisciplinary oncology conferences. Bi-monthly lectures cover the core topics for board certification and are presented in an 18-month cycle. Monthly didactics include an interdisciplinary hematology conference and divisional journal club.

For more information, contact:

Stephanie Savelli, MD
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program Director
Akron Children's Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308

330-543-8904
ssavelli@akronchildrens.org

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