The Yale Medical Oncology-Hematology Fellowship Program is a 36-month training program that adheres to the ACGME and ABIM guidelines for combined training in Medical Oncology and Hematology. The fellowship program provides comprehensive clinical training in the diagnosis and management of neoplastic and benign hematologic disorders and a robust research experience to prepare fellows for a career in academic medicine. Fellows have the opportunity to train in multiple health care settings and to care for a diverse patient population with respect to gender and socio-economic backgrounds.
The goal of the Yale Medical Oncology-Hematology Fellowship Program is to train the next generation of academic hematologists and oncologists devoted to laboratory-based or patient-oriented investigation. Thus, the program is designed and structured to provide not only comprehensive clinical training but also a rigorous research experience to prepare fellows for careers as clinician investigators or clinician scientists in academic medicine.
Fellows will complete 18 months of full time clinical training dedicated to the acquisition of the medical knowledge, clinical skills, and competence to practice Medical Oncology and Hematology. All fellows are required to engage in 18 months of research (clinical, translational, or basic science) under the mentorship of Yale Cancer Center faculty. In addition, fellows will complete 36 months of a continuity clinic in six blocks of six months duration, ½ - 1 day per week, which include a general oncology clinic at the West Haven VA and at least five disease-specific clinics at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.
In recognition of the increasing complexity of cancer therapy, particularly with respect to the interface between laboratory discovery and clinical care, the fellowship training has been organized to provide experience in the multidisciplinary care of patients, supplemented by an intensive program of didactic lectures, inter-disciplinary tumor boards, research seminars, and formal coursework. The outpatient clinics are structured according to specific diseases (e.g., breast cancer, lymphoma, lung cancer, benign hematologic disease, etc). Each disease-specific unit is supported by a weekly inter-disciplinary tumor board attended by specialized faculty members from other departments, where patients are discussed in depth with review of pathologic and radiological data. The disease-specific units facilitate the clinical and translation research programs at Yale and improve patient care by consolidating complex and inter-disciplinary management.
Program Leadership and Adminisration
Dr. Roy Herbst and Dr. Charles Fuchs are the Chief and Interim Chief of the Section of Medical Oncology and the Section of Hematology, respectively. Dr. Jill Lacy is the Director of the Medical Oncology-Hematology Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Nikolai Podoltsev is the Associate Program Director for Hematology and Dr. Michael Hurwitz is the Associate Program Director for Research. Dr. Michal Rose is the local on-site director of fellowship activities at the VA CT Healthcare System of West Haven, where she is also the Chief of the Section of Hematology-Oncology and Cancer Center Director. The Fellowship Administrator and Coordinator is Lucilina Gilkes.
Clinical Training in Year One (12 months) and Year Two (6 months):
Research Training in Year Two (6 months) and Year Three (12 months):
Research Opportunities and Programs:
Physician Scientist Research Pathway:
- Medical Oncology-Hematology Core Curriculum Course * is a weekly lecture series providing a comprehensive review of all aspects of medical oncology and hematology including oncologic emergencies, pharmacology, palliative care, biostatistics and clinical trial design, cancer epidemiology, cancer genetics, and in-depth reviews of each specific neoplastic and benign hematologic disease. The disease-specific reviews include the relevant basic biology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, staging, use of imaging, prognostic variables, and treatment. This course runs over 18 months.
- Cancer Center Grand Rounds * is a weekly forum for Yale faculty and guest speakers to provide state-of-the-art updates on a broad array of cancer-related topics.
- Journal Club * is a weekly presentation (September - June) at which important articles relevant to hematology-oncology are critically reviewed and presented by the fellows, with input and mentoring from appropriate faculty members.
- Research in Progress meeting (RIP) * is a weekly conference (September - May) where faculty and fellows present their research.
- New Patient Conference * is a weekly conference presented in a “morning report” format, new patients seen by the first year fellows are presented to Dr. Fuchs, Yale Cancer Center Director, for case-based discussion. Attending faculty members are active participants, contributing their expertise to the discussion. In addition, this conference is used as a forum to review complications of treatment and adverse outcomes in the format of a Morbidity and Mortality Conference, three-four times annually.
- Disease-specific Case Conference * is a weekly conference in which new patients from one disease-specific unit are presented to an attending physician with expertise in that disease area for a detailed case-based discussion of staging, biology, treatment, with emphasis on evidence-based management and review of the use of specific therapeutic agents.
- Hematology/Hematopathology Conference * is a weekly case-based conference in which benign and malignant hematology cases are discussed with the participation of the hematopathologists. An important aspect of this conference is review of peripheral blood smears, bone marrow aspirates and biopsies. Specialists from the Department of Laboratory Medicine, including the Blood Bank, are invited to participate to discuss specific cases.
The program accepts eight trainees per year for a minimum of three years of combined training in Hematology and Medical Oncology. All applications for the 2018 Training Program in Hematology/Medical Oncology will be electronically processed through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) website. Interviews are granted by invitation in September and October. Selection for the program is made through the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program); you can read more about this program at their website. The Sections of Medical Oncology and Hematology actively support Yale University policies and programs for affirmative action. The Fellowship Program is fully committed to recruitment and development of minority group members and women.
Submission to the Hematology/Medical Oncology fellowship through ERAS begins in July with an application deadline for the end of August. Please refer to the ERAS website for their opening date for filing application materials.
Required application materials for our program are as follows: Common Application Form (CAF),Statement of Personal Goals, minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one must be from either the Residency Program Director or Internal Medicine Department Chair), ECFMG certification (applicable to graduates of Foreign Medical schools), and a Color Photo, Medical School and USMLE Transcripts
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Lucilina Gilkes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There is a wealth of information for the fellowship applicant, both pre and post application and match, regarding the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program here at Yale, as well as information about Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University, and New Haven.