Rotations

Clinical training months are divided into four-week rotations. There are three different clinical rotations outlined below. The number of months on the various rotations for each fellow will be decided by the division chief or clinical training program director. The months off clinical rotations will consist of continuing outpatient clinical responsibilities (continuity clinic), electives in stem cell transplantation, clinical pathology, bone marrow/lymph node reading, blood banking, and/or continuing research projects.

Clinical rotation 1: Inpatient Consultation Service, University Campus

Inpatient

  • Provide timely assessment of hematology/oncology consults patients with or without residents/students
  • Assist with the management of the inpatient hematology/oncology ward service and have a working knowledge of all inpatients, especially complicated cases
  • Follow-up of inpatients on ward service or consult service until issues resolved
  • Arrange for outpatient follow-up if necessary
  • Perform (or supervise) all necessary procedures
  • Follow-up of pending laboratory tests and communicate them to the patient's primary care physician once patient is discharged

Outpatient or ER

  • Arrange timely consult; preferably seeing patients in hematology/oncology clinic
  • Arrange for follow-up of patients if necessary

Other Responsibilities

  • Keep duplicate forms of consult notes and log into consult book
  • Decide (along with attending) which cases from the consult or ward service to present at Patient Management Conference (Friday a.m.)

Clinical rotation 2: Outpatient Consultation Service, Memorial Campus

Inpatient

  • Provide timely assessment of hematology/oncology consults patients with or without residents/students
  • Follow-up of inpatients on consults service until issues resolved
  • Arrange for outpatient follow-up if necessary
  • Perform (or supervise) all necessary procedures
  • Follow-up of pending laboratory tests and communicate them to the patient's primary care physician once patient is discharged

Outpatient or ER

  • Daily clinic exercise on rotating basis with faculty in a variety of hematologic and oncologic areas in the outpatient Memorial oncology clinic
  • Arrange timely consult preferably seeing patients in hematology/oncology clinic
  • Arrange for follow-up of patients if necessary

Other Responsibilities

  • Keep duplicate forms of consult notes and log into consult book
  • Decide (along with attending) which cases from the consult service to present at Patient Management Conference (Friday a.m.)

Clinical rotation 3: Float

Inpatient

  • Provide timely assessment of consults patients with or without residents/students when there is a large number of consults (overflow from the primary fellow)
  • Read all bone marrow aspirates done at the UMass University campus with hematology attending

Outpatient or ER

  • Rotating outpatient clinical responsibilities as determined by fellowship director

Other Responsibilities

A variety of other clinical experiences will be encountered during this rotation including:

  • Stem cell transplantation
  • Clinical pathology rotations
  • Blood banking
  • Radiation oncology
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Keep duplicate forms of consult note and log into consult book

Other Clinical Responsibilities for all Rotations

  • Take night call on weekly schedule from Friday through Friday of the following week
  • Respond to prescription refills, patient phone calls, and (if necessary) outpatient evaluation if the patient ' s primary attending is unavailable.
  • Rotate weekend call with other fellows; responsibilities include answering any telephone calls from patients or physicians, rounding on inpatients on the consult service, and evaluating any patients requested by inpatient ward or ER physicians.

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