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What Makes Us Unique

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.

New Children's Hospital

UR Medicine opened a brand new Golisano Children's Hospital in 2015. The children's hospital encompasses nearly 245,000 square feet of space dedicated to children and their families.

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.

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.


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.

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

Research Support

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.