Since Savannah Woods, Fellowship Coordinator for the Yale Medical Oncology-Hematology Program, started at Yale seven years ago, the program, along with her job title, have grown dramatically. Originally, Savannah oversaw 15 fellows in Medical Oncology. In 2010 she took on the Hematology Fellowship and this year, the Medical Oncology and Hematology Fellowship Programs received approval to become a combined fellowship, and Savannah is now responsible for 21 fellows, with three more to be added over the next three years.
Savannah is responsible for managing changes to clinic schedules, the set up of weekly didactic lectures, conferences and meetings, as well as coordination of the annual application process for recruitment of new fellows to the program. She organizes the applicant interviews, as well as the credentials process for incoming fellows. Additionally, she coordinates the annual fellow orientation and graduation.
“The Yale Medical Oncology-Hematology Program is now one of the largest programs here at Yale. In order to keep everything running smoothly and meet continual deadlines, one must be a self starter, committed to the job at hand and constantly aware of ongoing changes. It’s important to have ownership of the job you are doing, and staying organized is key,” said Savannah.
The Program also holds a quarterly meeting where any issues are brought up, and Savannah, along with Program Director Dr. Jill Lacy, are tasked with resolving them. Between interacting with the fellows on a daily basis, dealing with last minute requests, and training on new systems, Savannah’s job is non-stop.
Her supervisor, Jennifer Mulligan, Associate Director of Finance and Administration, commented, “Savannah’s position as Fellowship Coordinator has grown tremendously since she first started. In addition to implementing many new processes and systems, she has taken on the combined Medical Oncology and Hematology Fellowship Programs. Her job takes hard work and dedication, and Savannah exemplifies both.”