Hematology & Oncology Fellowship
Welcome to the pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training program at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, part of the Thomas Jefferson University medical system. Our freestanding children’s hospital is located in Wilmington, Delaware.
We offer an intensive, three-year ACGME certified training program distinguished by our outstanding clinical and research opportunities and by our dedicated, personal attention to our fellows. We offer intensive teaching and mentoring to our fellows to ensure their success during and after their fellowship training.
Our Fellowship Program
Our clinical staff and patient populations provide a broad exposure to all areas in pediatric hematology/oncology including:
- hematological diseases such as sickle cell anemia and variants, the thalassemias, nutritional anemias, bleeding disorders, hypercoagulable disorders, WBC disorders, platelet disorders, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis and related histiocyte disorders
- oncological diseases including solid tumors such as sarcomas, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma and others; a wide range of leukemias and lymphomas and a wide variety of malignant and low-grade brain tumors
- A FACT accredited bone marrow transplant service including autologous and allogeneic (matched and mismatched) transplants for oncologic, hematologic, immunologic and storage diseases
- survivorship clinic and services for survivors of childhood cancer
Fellows are expected to provide complete care for many of these patients with these varied diagnoses and continue to follow their primary patients throughout their fellowship training.
Pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training programs are three years in length. The majority of the first year is spent learning clinical medicine, with some time set aside for research and clinical electives. First year clinical rotations include inpatient hematology/oncology service, inpatient blood and bone marrow transplant service, outpatient hematology/oncology clinic, outpatient bone marrow transplant clinic and tissue pathology/blood bank and lab medicine. Electives, research and vacation are also part of the first year schedule. There is no in house call.
Years two and three are dedicated to scholarly work on an original research project. Clinical and lab research projects are coordinated through the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research. Research opportunities are available on campus or at our associated sites including the University of Delaware and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Weekly conferences cover a wide range of clinical and research topics from tumor boards to journal clubs to specialty conferences such as sickle cell conference. Fellows are expected to attend many of these meetings.
Fellows will observe or care for patients in a variety of clinical experiences, including:
- participate in inpatient and outpatient care of patients with a wide array of oncologic diagnoses. On average, our Division cares for 125 newly diagnosed oncology patients per year, including a significant number of patients with retinoblastoma in conjunction with providers at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.
- participate in inpatient and outpatient care of patients with a wide variety of hematologic diseases, including sickle cell disease, hemophilias and bleeding disorders, thrombophilias and bone marrow failure syndromes.
- take care of inpatient and outpatient care of patients undergoing hematopoeitic stem cell transplants, both autologous and allogeneic, for malignant and nonmaligant disorders.
- participate in care of general pediatric and subspecialty pediatric patients when consultation is requested by colleagues.