Fellowship Administration

William Walsh, MD
Program Director
Venu Bathini, MD
Associate Program Director
Annette Swift
Administrative Coordinator

Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Office
UMass Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester, MA 01655
Tel: (508) 334-7890  
Fax: (508) 334-6294

Conferences

Patient management conferences: each fellow should present every other week a brief (5-10 min) pertinent review of topic relevant to a recent case

Mentoring sessions: Each fellow will be responsible for patient presentations during the mentoring sessions on a rotating basis.

Journal Club: each fellow will be responsible for 3-4 journal clubs each year Topic Presentation: Each fellow will be responsible for 2 formal topic reviews each year.

Other responsibilities: Each fellow will be responsible for the production of one clinical or research protocol during their fellowship

First Year of Fellowship: The goals and objectives in this year include the initial and intensive introduction to diseases as outlined in the curriculum. Concurrently, fellows entering the program will begin to develop their clinical skills as a hematologist/oncologist under the supervision of attending hematologists/oncologists in the division. In addition to those goals stated above, the first year fellow will learn and develop:

  • Role of the consultant in the inpatient and outpatient setting
  • Communication skills with patients and their families, other physicians, and other health care providers
  • Skills in telephone triage and consultation while on call
  • Professional relationships with patients in the continuity clinics under the guidance of preceptor
  • Skills as teacher in both informal and formal teaching opportunities
  • Scholarship skills in critical evaluation of the medical literature and promotion of life-long learning
  • Possible area of focused clinical or basic research to be further developed in the second year

Second Year of Fellowship: Entering the second year, the clinical fellow will continue to develop the objectives and skills from the first year. In addition, the second year will provide opportunities that include:

  • Greater autonomy in teaching
  • Involvement and training in clinical research
  • Opportunities for basic science research experience and skills training

Second and Third Year of Research Fellowship: The research fellow will devote most of his/her effort in his/her chosen research area under the supervision of designated mentor in either a basic science or clinical research area. The educational goals will be determined by the mentor and fellow in the beginning of the research years and reassessed over the course of the project months on a regular basis. ABIM forms with written commentary will be used for this evaluation. During research time, the fellow will continue to have limited clinical responsibilities that are similar to the clinical fellows and include:

  • One continuity clinic per week
  • Rotation in the weekly on call schedule
  • Clinical electives as deemed appropriate by the mentor, fellowship director and division chief
  • A mechanism for formal evaluation of fellows research exists.