Division of Hematology/Oncology at NBIMC provides care to a diverse urban/suburban population of New Jersey with a state and federal funded sickle cell program and comprehensive hemophilia/thrombosis center. The division includes a newly renovated outpatient treatment center with a 16 bay infusion room suite serving 13,000 visits in 2011. There is a dedicated 19 bed inpatient unit (all private rooms). All units are staffed by oncology certified nurses, dedicated social workers, nutritionists and other support staff. Patients treated include but not limited to solid tumors, hematologic malignancies and benign hematologic conditions including hemoglobinopathies and inherited coagulation disorders.
The fellowship curriculum is designed to meet the program’s overall goal of giving each fellow a strong foundation in clinical hematology/oncology
During their three years of fellowship training, each fellow will spend 50% of their time in outpatient clinics, including 2 continuity clinics where fellows manage their own patients with faculty supervision.
First year fellows rotate on inpatient oncology and inpatient hematology services for ten months and one month in radiation oncology.
Second year fellows spend 5-6 months on inpatient rotations, one month of Bone Marrow Transplant at Hackensack University Medical Center. The BMT rotation provides an opportunity for each candidate to receive comprehensive training in all aspects of blood and marrow transplantation. This includes all aspects of autologous and allogeneic transplantation, immunology, marrow cryopreservation and manipulation.
The remainder of the second year time is divided between electives in blood bank, coagulation lab, flow cytometry, pathology, pediatrics hematology/oncology, gyn oncology, and palliative/hospice care.
Third year fellows spend a minimum of three months in research, and the remainder of the period is tailored to meet fellow’s individual goals in research/elective rotations.
Fellows may participate in basic or clinical research with faculty monitoring. Each fellow is required to design and complete a research project during their fellowship. Abstract submissions, along with presentations, at national meetings are expected and encouraged. There is a research meeting once a month, where clinical trial designs/research options are discussed with follow-up on their ongoing research projects.
Education is an important element in the fellowship program. The didactic component of the hem/onc fellowship at nbimc consists of structured weekly and monthly conferences in different formats, such as
- Journal Club
- Morphology Conference
- Tumor Board
- Breast Tumor Board
- Lung Tumor Board
- NCCN Guidelines
- Didactic Core lectures
- Guest Didactic Lectures
- Research Conference
- Chemotherapy Conference
- Leukemia/Lymphoma Conference
- Benign Hematology Conference
- Palliative Conference
- Coagulation Conference
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