UVA School of Medicine, Division of Hematology & Oncology Fellowship Program

UVA School of Medicine, Division of Hematology & Oncology Fellowship Program


My name is Trish Millard,
and I am a medical oncologist at the University of Virginia
and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. We have a very robust
fellowship training program at the University of Virginia. I say that from experience
because I trained through it. And I can say that
that is something I feel very passionate
about and would like to stay involved with doing. We have, on average, 9 to 10
Fellows at any given time– usually 3 to 4 per year. You’re trained in
both hematology and oncology– all
of the Fellows are. And there’s the opportunity to
be heavily clinically focused. There’s also the opportunity
to do extensive research, including translational
and basic science research through
our cancer center, if someone would like to stay
within an academic position. A medical student can
expect to be very involved in the care of the
cancer patients, with direct involvement in
both the diagnosis workup and treatment planning,
as well as being involved in actually
communicating with the patients. Many of the medical
students I’ve worked with on their oncology
rotations and electives have felt like it’s been
something where they’ve really gotten to know the patients. We encourage them to take
the time to talk to them, talk to them about
their experience. And really, in
addition to learning about the science of
oncology and the principles of treatment, also learning
about the personalized aspect of working with
a cancer patient. What sets UVA apart in terms
of the hematology-oncology fellowship is that the
mentors that we have here are extremely qualified
and extremely well-known, but also very approachable. I think that’s important
coming into fellowships, so that from day one,
you’re able to reach out to people about getting
involved in their research, getting involved
in their clinics, but also come to them
with your own ideas. They’re incredibly supportive. They’re incredibly
approachable, so that it allows the
Fellows to really take off from the beginning. It also gives you a certain
degree of independence in that you’re
encouraged to pursue what it is that you’re
passionate about, and have a lot of
support in doing so. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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