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Carlyn Tan, MD, shown here talking with a patient, joined the staff in the Department of Hematology/Oncology at Fox Chase, after completing her fellowship in this program.Carlyn Tan, MD, shown here talking with a patient, joined the staff in the Department of Hematology/Oncology at Fox Chase, after completing her fellowship in this program.

The Department of Hematology/Oncology offers a three-year fellowship for internists who have completed an approved US residency program. The fellowship combines the resources of Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University Hospital.

Each year, up to six new trainees are accepted into the program. 

Years One and Two

Years one and two focus on clinical training, with alternating 6-month rotations at Fox Chase and Temple University Hospital. During the 12 months spent at Temple University, fellows are exposed to all aspects of benign and malignant hematology, including a rotation through the bone marrow transplant service, learning from full-time faculty dedicated to the transplant program.

The 12 months total spent at Fox Chase Cancer Center focus exclusively on outpatient care. Fellows manage disease-specific clinics with faculty oversight. Program individualization begins in year two with focus on one of three primary training tracks (academic clinician; clinical investigator and translational researcher).

Year Three

The focus of the third year of the fellowship training is flexible to match the overall career goals of the trainee. Options include:

  • Clinical Investigator Track
  • Academic Clinician Track
  • Translational Laboratory Research Track

For fellows dedicated to a clinical investigator research career, fellows will typically have about 75 percent of their time protected for this endeavor while having 1-2 continuity clinics. Fellows interested in translational laboratory research will have one continuity clinic, with the remainder of time protected for laboratory research. For those fellows interested in a clinical career, the year will primarily consist of additional outpatient clinical experience. This flexibility enables fellows to make the most of this year of training to set the foundation for the beginning of their independent careers.

Year three is usually all at Fox Chase, with schedule defined by second-year productivity and career goals.

A training grant application (or “T32”) has been continuously funded at Fox Chase by the NCI for 40 years. This grant supports 10 Fox Chase postdoctoral fellows. Fellows with clinical or laboratory research may apply for this grant support for their third year, or to support a fourth year of training.

 

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