Hematology/Oncology - Fellowship Program
Overview

From the Fellowship Directors:

Welcome to the Brown Medical School Hematology-Oncology Fellowship website. You will find descriptions of the training program, the participating hospitals, and research opportunities below.

This website will introduce you to our program and will describe our two-fold mission:

  • To provide excellent training in clinical Hematology and Oncology
  • To provide outstanding research opportunities

Graduating fellows are well equipped to pursue scholarly academic careers and for the challenges of clinical practice in Hematology and Medical Oncology.

There is a full schedule of clinical, educational, and research conferences. Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds is a weekly state of the art conference by fellows, Brown faculty, and visiting faculty. Other educational conferences include weekly Morning Report (clinical management of challenging cases), monthly Hematopathology Conference, monthly Hemostasis Conference, and others. Fellows and faculty discuss current literature in the monthly Journal Club. Each hospital has its own schedule of Tumor Boards and other teaching conferences.

Each fellow has an outpatient clinic at one of the participating hospitals, in which he or she follows a group of patients throughout the fellowship. Additional outpatient clinics, including specialty clinics, are scheduled in the latter years of the fellowship.

Approximately one half of recent trainees have entered academic careers, but others have pursued advanced training in stem cell transplantation, entered private practice, or worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

Thank you for your interest in the Brown University Hematology-Oncology Fellowship. We look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Humera Khurshid, M.D.
Matthew Quesenberry, M.D.

Mission

The Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Brown University will be devoted to the rigorous training and development of physician scientists to become future leaders in clinical and/or laboratory investigation.

Goals

The Brown University Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program will provide rigorous and comprehensive training in:

  1. The prevention, detection, evaluation and care of cancer patients, and in the evaluation and treatment of patients with benign hematologic disorders, leading to board eligibility in medical oncology and/or hematology.
  2. Clinical and translational research including trial design and methodology, biostatistics and ethics.
  3. Laboratory-based research to develop highly productive investigators.

Core Curriculum and Didactics

The core curriculum is developed to provide comprehensive training in cancer biology, clinical oncology and hematology, and fundamentals of clinical research, including:

  • Epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all major malignancies
  • Biology and treatment of benign hematologic conditions
  • Cancer Medicine: pharmacology, supportive care, general care, ethics of caring for cancer patients
  • Clinical Research Methods: clinical research methodology, biostatistics, ethics of clinical research (Specific research curriculum and topics will be developed for the first 12 months of the fellowship)
  • Cancer Biology: pathophysiology, molecular biology
  • Career Development: workshops in grant writing, manuscript preparation, CV preparation, and developing a career in clinical and laboratory research.

Clinical Rotations

The program uses the facilities and faculty of four Brown Medical School teaching hospitals: Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, and the Providence Veterans Administration Hospital. Fellows gain a broad perspective in hematology and oncology by working closely with the faculty, the diverse patient populations, and the clinical and laboratory research at the various hospitals. Additional rotations include the bone marrow transplant unit at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and elective rotations in radiation oncology, pediatric hematology/oncology, gynecologic oncology (at Women & Infants Hospital), hematopathology, blood banking, and others.

  • Rhode Island Hospital Inpatient Service
  • Rhode Island Hospital Consult Service
  • The Miriam Hospital
  • Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
  • Bone Marrow Transplant (UMass Medical Center)
  • Elective Rotations

Outpatient Rotations

Fellows participate in two outpatient clinic sessions per week. Fellows will generally have a continuity clinic and a specialty clinic.

Current oncology/malignant hematology clinics include:

  • Breast oncology
  • Genitourinary oncology
  • Gastrointestinal oncology
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Head and Neck oncology
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma
  • Melanoma and Cutaneous Malignancies
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Thoracic oncology

Each clinical program stresses the integration of clinical and laboratory research with clinical care. Presentations of both clinical and laboratory research will be emphasized at divisional and clinical program conferences.

Patients with hemophilia, thoracic malignancies, or genitourinary malignancies are seen in multidisciplinary clinics. In these settings, patients can be seen by their hematologist/oncologist, surgeons, social workers and nurses in an efficient coordinated setting. Multidisciplinary clinics are being created for other malignancies as well.

Research Training

Fellows may perform laboratory or clinical research. In the first year of fellowship, each fellow is assigned an advisor who helps the fellow focus research interests and assists in the selection of mentors for the research phase of training. Faculty mentors are independent clinical and/or laboratory investigators with proven records of accomplishment. By the end of the first year, each fellow and mentor are expected to prepare a research proposal outlining either a laboratory research project and training program, or a clinical research project outlining the design and conduct of a clinical trial. During the research phase of the training, fellow funding is derived from contract and grant revenue that is supplemented by institutional sources as necessary.

Clinical Research Training

During the research training period, the mentor will be responsible for meeting regularly with the fellow to insure that a focused and testable hypothesis is developed. A Cancer Center Statistician will work with the fellow in the development of a protocol. The mentor is responsible for oversight of trial design and conduct, regulatory requirements, data collection analysis and interpretation, culminating in the presentation of research and manuscript preparation. Collaboration with multi-disciplinary research teams including basic scientists, statisticians and other clinician-scientists will be an integral part of this process. During this period, the fellow will maintain focused clinical activity in the appropriate subspecialty clinic(s), receiving ongoing clinical training as well as training in protocol maintenance and accrual, regulatory, and ethical issues in research. This practical experience will be complemented with formal coursework in clinical research methodology.

Laboratory Research Training

All laboratory research fellows will continue to attend one half-day outpatient session per week related to patient care. This will allow the fellow to devote the required time to laboratory investigation while maintaining clinical skills. Fellows attend selected conferences to interact with other fellows, investigators, and distinguished scientists from other institutions. Informal presentations of research will occur regularly.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. The program participates in the Medical Specialties Match Program (MSMP) of the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

For additional information regarding the application process, please click here.

Contact Information:

Dale Booth
Fellowship Training Program Coordinator
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Rhode Island Hospital, George 312
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-9375
Fax: 401-444-2330
Email: DBooth2@lifespan.org


Patient Services

Members of the Department of Medicine provide both Primary Care Clinical services and Subspecialty Clinical services. Locations include community-based private physician offices, Foundation-owned group practices and the hospitals listed below.

Rhode Island Hospital, a large academic medical center.

The Miriam Hospital, a community based teaching hospital.

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a community based teaching hospital.

Women & Infants Hospital of RI, the 10th largest OB/GYN hospital in the U.S.

Providence VA Medical Center, serving a unique patient population & spectrum of illness.