Hematology Oncology Fellowship
The majority of the second and third year are dedicated to either clinical or laboratory research activities. Some clinical responsibilities exist as listed above.
The trainee is responsible for:
- Two weeks of the first year are spent by rotating through the research laboratories so the trainee can be familiar with current projects in order to make a decision about a research project and chose a research mentor.
- Trainees in Hematology/Oncology can select a basic science research project through the Center for Cancer and Transplantation Biology of Children's Cancer Research Institute.
- Opportunities exist for basic science project outside of Children’s National Medical Center.
- Trainees may pursue clinical research endeavors through supervision from one of our attending physicians.
- Reviewing the literature
- Initiating the research proposal which includes background information and rationale, potential scientific significance, methodology, data acquisition, management, and statistical analysis.
- All activities are supervised by the selected mentor.
Research education areas of focus
- Laboratory techniques taught by experienced personnel until the trainee has achieved independence in the techniques.
- Experimental design and data collection/analysis: The trainee presents their proposal (see above) at a Center-wide meeting where constructive feedback is given. Updates are presented during the weekly lab meetings where feedback and instructions are given.
- Scientific communications: Oral presentations to the Center for Cancer and Transplantation Biology are required on a semi-annual basis. Fellows are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations at both local and national meetings. They also are encouraged to apply for in-house fellows' grants which provide valuable early experience in grant writing.