Hematology Oncology Fellowship
Welcome from the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program Director
Our fellows will flourish in an atmosphere of excellent clinical care. Our physicians are involved in a variety of clinical research activities.
We are observing rapid growth at all activity levels in our center, which is having a positive effect on our fellowship program. Additionally, Central Florida is experiencing rapid growth in medical science with the new medical school at the University of Central Florida, as well as the research facility for Burnham Research Institute.
Said M. Baidas, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Fellowship Program Core Curriculum
The mission of the fellowship program is to provide a balanced program of clinical training and clinical research experience and develop excellent clinicians, with a strong background in clinical research, who can function in an academic institution or a community based practice. Our full-time attending physicians are dedicated to directly supervising each fellow's training experience. The program is structured so fellows and faculty have extensive one-on-one contact. Significant emphasis is placed on ongoing educational opportunities where faculty and fellows work together to explore and resolve clinical problems. Faculty members in the Division of Hematology/Oncology are responsible for the care of all hematology/oncology patients at the cancer center.
- The Clinical Training Program:
Clinical training for medical oncology and hematology fellows focuses on an in-depth clinical experience that integrates fellows into the primary care of the division's patients. Faculty members shares in caring for each patient and provide continuity in managing the patient.
- Combined Hematology and Oncology Program
Oncology Inpatient Unit and consult service 4 months
Outpatient Oncology Clinic 6 months
Radiation oncology 1 month
Gynecologic Oncology 1 month
Vacation 3 weeks
PGY-5 - Combined Fellowship Program Year 2 (Hematology)
Hematology Inpatient Unit and Consult service 4 months
Bone Marrow Transplant (Inpatient & Outpatient clinic) 2 months
Elective rotation (combined with Outpatient Hematology Clinic) 3 months
Outpatient Hematology Clinic 6 months
Vacation 3 weeks
On site elective rotations:
Blood Bank/Pheresis 1 month
Surgical Pathology, Molecular Hematology 1 month
Coagulation (clinic and laboratory) 1 month
PGY-6 - Combined Fellowship Program Year 3
Oncology Inpatient Unit and Consult service 2 months
Hematology Inpatient and Consult service 2 months
During their third year, fellows will spend 60 percent of their time at a research project and will spend two half days per week in clinic related to their clinical research and one half-day in continuity clinic. A fourth half-day clinic, where the fellow can rotate between different attending physicians to gain further experience according to his/her needs, is also required.Clinical Responsibilities.
- Clinical Responsibilities
Fellows spend six months at outpatient clinics every year. These clinics are divided into disease-specific sessions. Fellows are responsible for the evaluation and work-up of all new patients, as well as seeing established patients for chemotherapy and follow-up. Teaching Opportunities: Fellows provide supervision and instruction to residents and medical students who rotate through the outpatient and to the medicine residents at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC).
- On-Call Rotation
The Cancer Center has several weekly conferences focused on both patient care and research interactions. Fellows actively participate in these conferences, which are one of the major activities of the teaching program:
- Breast Cancer Conference
- Gastrointestinal Oncology Conference
- Thoracic Oncology Conference
- Cancer Center Research Conference
- Oncology Journal Club
- Hematology Journal Club
- Core Lecture Series
- Tumor Biology Seminar Series
- Brain & Spine Tumor Conference
- Head & Neck Tumor Conference
- Palliative Care Conference
- Benign Hematology Conference
Description of Clinical Duties
- Outpatient Clinic
Each fellow is assigned a group of patients at the beginning of each two-month clinic rotation. Each fellow works with the nursing staff and attendings in all aspect of their care. This team approach will give fellows a sense of responsibility of their patients as well as one-to-one contact with attendings, each of whom will provide assistance when needed. Each attending focuses on a specialized aspect of oncology/hematology, and a fundamental goal of this fellowship is to give fellows the opportunity to gain as much knowledge as possible. Even though the clinic can become hectic, it represents an unparalleled opportunity for spontaneous instruction in the clinical and research aspects of oncology.
- Chemotherapy Infusion Unit
- Medical Oncology and Hematology Ward Services
Inpatient fellows must be available to present patient information when the attending starts inpatient rounds.
The inpatient services are often active rotations. The 8th floor is the only dedicated hematology/oncology unit, but there is often overflow onto other medical floors. It is the ward fellow’s responsibility to prioritize and approve scheduled admissions. This requires constant communication between the inpatient ward attending, patient’s outpatient attending and case manager, charge nurses on the floors, and the admissions officers. Patients requiring chemotherapy must be admitted to the hematology/oncology unit as they will require specialized care of nurses trained in chemotherapy administration and morbidity. All other patients should be triaged and placed accordingly.
- Medical Oncology and Hematology Inpatient Consult Services
- Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
It is expected that each fellow will spend the rotation for bone marrow transplant at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. This time will be scheduled as consecutive months. Travel and housing arrangements will be planned in advance with the help of administrators at both centers.
- Admission Process
Also, the inpatient fellow is responsible for coordinating direct admissions from home, transfers from other medical facilities, and urgent admissions from either the outpatient clinic or the fifth floor chemotherapy unit.
- Responsibilities of the Third Year Fellows
On-Call Coverage for Hematology/ Oncology
While on call, fellows cover both hematology and oncology services from home. Fellows are responsible for triaging patient telephone calls as well as answering medical issues on in-patient service when the staff requires assistance. The hematology and oncology on-call attendings are available all the time to provide assistance to fellows as needed.
Calls are divided into two categories, weekday (Monday – Thursday) and weekend (Friday – Sunday) calls.
Vacation and Sick Leave
Each fellow is entitled to three weeks paid vacation. All vacations must be scheduled in advance with the chief fellow and program director to provide appropriate coverage. No two fellows in the same year may take vacation at the same time. No vacations should be scheduled during inpatient or consult rotations.
In the event of illness, it is the fellow’s responsibility to inform the chief fellow of the problem. Coverage arrangements for inpatients and outpatients will be made on an ad-hoc basis for unexpected absences.
Application InformationWhat You Need to Know to Apply
The Application Process
You should apply for the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). ERAS is an Internet-based application process developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges to transmit fellowship applications, letters of recommendation, program director letters, medical transcripts and other supporting credentials from applicants, residency programs and medical schools to fellowship program directors using the Internet. For information about the process or to register for ERAS online, visit www.aamc.org/eras.
Matching with the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
The Hematology/Oncology program participates in the National Residency Match Program’s Medical Specialties Matching Program (MSMP) in Hematology/Oncology. This is a computerized venue for matching applicant’s preferences for fellowship programs with program directors’ preferences for applicants. For information about NRMP or to register online participate in NRMP, go to www.nrmp.org.
Note: All qualified applicants are considered for interviews. However, the volume of applicants precludes us from offering interviews to all qualified candidates.