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Pediatrics / Hematology/Oncology Fellowship

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

Why Choose Our Program?

Sana Usmani in lab

Dr. Sana Usmani, former fellow, Olena Tkachenko, and
Dr. Craig Mullen, Program Director, meet in Dr. Mullen's lab

  • Spectrum of Diagnoses: Fellows in our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship train in a center that exclusively serves the region, allowing them to experience the full scope of Hematology/Oncology. The Division is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and is the sole caretaker of children with cancer and blood disorders in the 11-county region surrounding Rochester, New York.
  • Active Transplant Program: The University of Rochester has an active Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Program performing autologous, related, and unrelated (bone marrow and cord blood) transplants. The program is a member of the National Marrow Donor Program and the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium.
  • Palliative Care Expertise: Our fellows rotate on the Pediatric Palliative Care service under the supervision of experienced pediatric palliative care physicians. They work closely with the interdisciplinary palliative care teams, enhancing skills essential for providing comprehensive, compassionate care to patients with cancer and hematologic disorders.
  • Research Support: Fellows have the opportunity to conduct interdepartmental research across the university and are not just limited to the Pediatric Hematology Oncology department. The Department of Pediatrics provides financial support for each fellow to present at one national conference per year, as this contributes to their professional development and hones their presentation and networking skills.

Welcome from the Program Directors

Our Program Aims

  • Train pediatricians to become highly skilled in clinical hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplantation.
  • Foster the development of individualized, academically-useful, in-demand skills in areas beyond direct patient care, such as: medical informatics and data science, quality improvement, education, basic science research, translational research, or clinical research.
  • Develop the next generation of academic leaders with a focus on personalized professional development and career readiness in pediatric hematology/oncology.

What Sets Us Apart

Career Tracks

A variety of career tracks are tailored to the individual educational and career goals of fellows, fostering the development of in-demand skills in areas including medical informatics and data science, medical education, quality improvement, and traditional basic/clinical/translational research.

Mentor Relationships

The Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Craig Mullen, M.D., Ph.D., takes a personal interest and offers individual guidance to each fellow. The Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and Vice Chair of Education, meet quarterly with fellows from our subspecialty training programs in an informal roundtable setting to offer mentorship and research guidance. In addition, a high trainee to faculty ratio allows for strong faculty interaction and guidance.

State-of-the-Art Children's Hospital

Our state-of-the-art children's hospital encompasses nearly 245,000 square feet of space dedicated to children and their families. Phase II, completed in 2017, includes new pediatric operating rooms, a pediatric cardiac surgery center, a gastroenterology procedure suite, and a new PICU. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is the largest intensive care service for children in western and central New York.

A National Leader in Improving Quality and Safety

ACGME has chosen URMC to be one of eight institutions to help transform the way we improve quality and safety. Our fellows play a key role in changing the clinical learning environment here at our institution and across the country. This initiative furthers our commitment to continuously improve health care by advancing the quality of physician education.

With your safety in mind, all Hematology/Oncology Fellowship interviews for positions starting in the 2021-2022 academic year will only be offered virtually. View application information.

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