Primary Goals

The primary goal of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is to train physicians to be consultants in the fields of Hematology and Medical Oncology. The educational process is designed to train competent Hematologist /Oncologists by emphasizing the Six Core Competencies of:

  1. Patient Care - gather data; order diagnostic tests; interpret data; make decisions; perform procedures; manage patient therapies; work with others to provide patient-focused care

  2. Medical Knowledge - fund of knowledge; active use of knowledge to solve medical problems

  3. Practice Based Learning and Improvement - analyze practice performance and carry out needed improvements; locate and apply scientific evidence to the care of patients; critically appraise the scientific literature; use the computer to support learning and patient care; facilitate the learning

  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills - develop a therapeutic relationship with patients and their families; use verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate effectively with patients and their families; work effectively as a team member or leader

  5. Professionalism - demonstrate integrity and honesty; accept responsibility; act in the best interest of the patient; demonstrate sensitivity to patients' ethnicity, age, and disabilities

  6. Systems Based Practice - demonstrate awareness of interdependencies in the health care
    system that affect quality of care; provide cost-effective care; advocate for quality patient care; work with hospital management and interdisciplinary teams to improve patient care.


The competent physician will exhibit clinical expertise, a solid medical knowledge base, skill in interpersonal relationships and communication, professionalism, a framework for self-assessment and continuous learning, and a commitment to work with others to improve the healthcare profession. A supportive and scholarly environment is offered in which the fellow may gain increasing responsibility for patient care, teaching, research and leadership. The fellowship is an integral part of the academic mission of the Division of Hematology/ Oncology.

General goals for the fellowship program include:

  • Achieve competency in the detection, assessment and management of disorders
    in the sub-specialties of Hematology and Oncology
  • Enhance the development of critical thinking by participating in a clinical or
    basic research project
  • Achieve competency in the related fields of palliative care and pain management
  • Master the procedures required for the practice of Hematology/Oncology
  • Achieve a compassionate, ethical, cost-effective clinical practice style
  • Develop a capacity for self-education and self-evaluation to enable
    continued professional development
  • Establish a practice that incorporates and strengthens the healthcare system.