The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center

What Fox Chase offers is much different than other places. we really get thrown in and you get to experience what it’s like to be a practicing oncologist. The interaction you get with the attendings has probably been the best part of the training for me. I found that the clinical experience here was second to none. When they graduate, they got all the tools and all the training that they need to do what they want to do with their career. I’m Efrat Dotan, I’m a medical oncologist
treating GI cancer patients I’m also the
Fellowship Program director. I am Jessica Bauman. I am a thoracic and
head and neck oncologist
here at Fox Chase, and I’m the associate program director of
the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program. The Hematology/Oncology program at Fox Chase is quite unique, and it’s different than most other programs around the country. We give our fellows complete autonomy and a lot of opportunity
to feel like oncologists
from day one. And they’re backed up by attendings, but at the end of the day,
the patient sees the fellow as their oncologist. Because we have those kind of longitudinal blocks of clinic time, you really gain a long relationship with the patients. You can really see patients
through a whole treatment course, which I think is unique. Fox Chase’s Hematology Oncology fellowship is a 3 year program that’s different from other centers in a few key ways. We are a program that’s combined with Temple. in the first two years of our program, you spend six months at Fox Chase, six months at Temple, and then, that repeats
itself in the second year. The six months they’re here, they’re in four outpatient clinics, and this immersion in Outpatient Oncology is really where they get to learn to be oncologists. “So tell how things went after your last treatment.” One of my favorite things is the direct contact that you have with the attendings, and every one of my attendings that I’ve worked with has really
had an open-door policy. The second six months of the first year are at Temple Hospital, and those are the months where the fellows learn hematology. They will rotate through the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and meet the wonderful and amazing
team of transplanters that we have. All the acute Leukemics,
as well as the bone marrow transplant patients. It’s good to go somewhere that has a high
volume soyou see a little bit of everything. We work with them during
their second year in particular to really carve that time that they have that’s protected
into developing research projects. Clinical research is weaved into the clinic. You get to see it from its moments of conception. You also get to see it in the clinic when you’re enrolling patients on these trials and watching them go through the process of the trial. And often, the attending that’s talking to you about the study is actually the PI of the study that’s running it, or presenting it at a national meeting, so you’re in the cutting edge of this field
and you’re learning it first hand from the faculty. I think our proudest moment is sitting in the audience in a big meeting and seeing one of our fellows present and we know that we got them there. Having attendings who are with you in clinic who are national and international
experts in their fields is remarkable. Not only do we have superb oncologists, but we also have superb hematologists and malignant hematologists, with true world experts in hematology at Temple. We also have great flexibility in our program to really hone in on what each individual fellow wants to do with their lives, and then allow them to develop a program through
their second and third years to really choose the types of
experiences that they want that ultimately will help in their careers. The program is very amenable to making sure that you become the physician that you want to be. They really focus on what you need to succeed so that when you graduate you feel comfortable practicing in any setting that is right for you. We are looking for people who want to take care of cancer patients and view clinical expertise as the basic, most important thing to get. This is not a field for everyone, but if you are passionate and you love it, and you really see this as a mission, this would be a place for you.

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