Hematology/Medical Oncology Education

The Division of Hematology/ Oncology has a significant and meaningful commitment to education. Students and fellows receive comprehensive training and mentoring by our faculty, which is composed of world-renowned specialists. Our training is based on the paradigm of translational research, which seeks to translate laboratory discoveries into applications to patient care, as well as to translate clinical observations into new directions in fundamental research.

Faculty in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology are engaged in all aspects of education at the medical center. During the preclinical years of the medical school curriculum, faculty participate as basic science lecturers, as tutors in the Problem Based Learning (PBL) modules, and as leaders of small group sessions and journal clubs. The Division coordinates a 2 week module dedicated to hematology in the Basis of Disease Course (year 2). The faculty also supervises medical students during their third year internal medicine clerkships and fourth year subinternships. Many medical students spend significant periods of time (ranging from 8 week blocks in the summer to 1-2 year research sabbaticals) pursuing hematology and oncology research in faculty laboratories.

Graduate medical education is an important part of our mission of excellence. We participate in the training and supervision of internal medicine residents and hematology/oncology fellows. The Hematology/Oncology faculty interacts with Residents on their rotations through this service and with medical students enrolled in courses such as Malignant Hematology, Solid Tumor Oncology, and Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplantation. In addition to lecturing in the graduate school curriculum, several of our faculty, including Drs. Laurence, Hempstead, Giannikakou and Melnick hold appointments in the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences and have successfully mentored students in their PhD thesis research work. Teaching takes place in the Faculty Group Practice, and on the inpatient services of NYPH. The Medical Center is located in a Tri-Institutional Campus that includes Rockefeller University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, providing unique opportunities for collaborative training.

Our fellowship is approved by the ACGME for 18 positions and we consistently attract an outstanding group of fellows from a large national pool. Fellows participate in a number of educational conferences throughout their training, including case conferences, Divisional Grand Rounds, journal clubs, and institutional tumor boards including breast, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, thoracic, and gynecologic cancers. In addition, a fellow-oriented core course covers all aspects of benign hematology, hematologic malignancies, and neoplastic diseases. Early in their training, each fellow will be directly involved in the design and conduct of clinical trials, both within the institution and through the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB). Prestigious scholarships from prominent organizations have been awarded to our students for their research activities. The conferring organizations include the Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute and the American Society of Hematology, among others.

For more information about the Division of Hematology/ Oncology, please visit www.med.cornell.edu/cancercare/

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