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Educational Activities

Career Tracks

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is committed to individualizing its curriculum to meet the needs and career focus of its fellows. A variety of educational/career tracks foster the development of clinically and academically useful, in-demand skills needed for a successful career today in pediatric hematology/oncology. Participation in any of the following tracks will lead to production of a scholarly work product that meets the ABP requirements for board certification. The following tracks are available to fellows:

Master Clinician

Fellows who wish to develop deep clinical skills in a specific area of the subspecialty may pursue a “Master Clinician” track, which provides additional ambulatory and/or inpatient enrichment activities throughout training.  

Medical Informatics and Data Science

Fellows have the opportunity to further delve into medical informatics and data science under the mentorship of those within the division and in the institution at large.

Quality Improvement

As one of only eight institutions selected nationally by the ACGME to help transform the way we improve quality and safety, there is ample opportunity for fellows to focus on quality improvement throughout the division, department, and institution.

Medical Education

Fellows whose career goals include medical education have the opportunity to pursue a Masters in Health Professions Education offered through the Warner School  of Education at the University of Rochester. Fellows receive a 95% tuition waiver for graduate courses and degree programs at the university.


Traditional research opportunities are available throughout the department and university for fellows to participate in basic, clinical, or translational research.

Educational Activities

To further the professional development of our fellows, our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program has a comprehensive conference series that covers a variety of clinical, research, and educational topics pertinent to the practice of pediatric hematology/oncology.

The Department of Pediatrics hosts a variety of conferences and meetings which enhance clinical and research training, meet ABP and ACGME requirements, and give our fellows an opportunity to interact with well-established clinicians and researchers, both internal and external to URMC.


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology CME Conference (Twice monthly)

Dr. Akua Asante, Fellow


This conference provides a forum for the review of current research at URMC, as well as recently published journal articles. Each fellow presents 1-2 times per year.

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Patient Care Conference (Weekly)

The division’s care team gathers to discuss the status and care plans of patients currently on the pediatric hematology/oncology service. Once every three weeks, each fellow gives a 5-10 minute case presentation on pathophysiology, diagnosis, or treatment of patients they have treated.

Pediatric Tumor Board (Twice Monthly)

Second and third year fellows organize this conference and present cases related to patients with pediatric tumors. Fellows work closely with faculty to prepare their clinical presentation and report on the progress and management of the patients presented.

Pediatric BMT Conference (Weekly)

Clinical team members including attendings, physician assistants, and fellows discuss the status of current and proposed patients for bone marrow transplant.

Fellows' Board Review Conference (Weekly)

Fellows meet with faculty members weekly to review a variety of PHO board topics.


Cancer Center Grand Rounds (Twice monthly during academic year)

This series features invited speakers from inside and outside URMC who speak on current research or standards of care for oncology patients. Fellows attend as schedule permits and when topics are relevant to pediatric oncology.

Myeloid Leukemia Conference (Twice monthly)

Fellows attend this multidisciplinary conference attended by members of oncology, pediatric hematology/oncology, and pathology disciplines. Discussion surrounds the clinical and pathological features of recently diagnosed cases of myeloid leukemia.

BMT New Patient Conference (Monthly)

Oncology, pediatric hematology/oncology, and nursing staff meet to develop treatment plans for patients currently under consideration for bone marrow transplant procedures.

Comprehensive Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic Conference (Twice monthly)

This multidisciplinary conference brings together members of neurosurgery, pediatric hematology/oncology and radiation oncology to examine the treatment and status of children requiring treatment for brain tumors. Fellows present cases and contribute to the discussion regarding patient management.