The first year of fellowship is focused on intense clinical training in both hematology and oncology and is a largely inpatient-based experience on hematology and oncology consult services.Trainees divide their time in 3 month blocks at University of Colorado Hospital, Denver Health, and the VA. The two blocks at UCH are divided into solid tumor oncology and benign and malignant hematology. Fellows learn the science of the diagnosis and treatment of hematologic and oncologic diseases, the art of consultation, and the skills necessary to care for patients with these problems. This inpatient training is complemented by weekly outpatient continuity clinic and sub-specialty clinic experience.
Required clinical time in the second year includes one month each of benign hematology consults and medical oncology consults, and bone marrow transplant unit at UCH. Clinical research and laboratory-based research opportunities are plentiful and fellows are required to participate. Additionally, the second year of fellowship is comprised of training tailored to different tracks, selected by fellows based upon clinical and research interests.
Clinical Investigator Research Track
Recommended for those fellows anticipating a career in academic clinical research, and will allow fellows to team with a mentor to grow their clinical research skills.
Clinical Excellence and Quality Improvement Track
Designed for fellows interested in a career in clinical practice, and will focus on their clinical training.
Laboratory Based Research Track
Tailored to fellows desiring a laboratory based career and will focus on developing the skills needed for an independent lab career.
Designed for fellows interested in specializing in blood cancers.
In addition to bedside teaching on inpatient services and in clinics, three hours per week are dedicated to educational conferences for fellows. Conferences include didactic presentations from experts on various hematology and oncology topics, as well as journal club, grand rounds, and morbidity and mortality discussions presented by the fellows. Discussions of interesting patient cases during this conference time provide an open format to explore challenging clinical issues with faculty and other fellows.
Since 2016 the Fellowship has offered one second year fellow the opportunity to earn a fully-funded Masters of Science in Clinical Sciences to enhance their research career, learn more here.
Fellows also take an annual retreat to Shrine Mountain Huts near Vail Pass. While on the retreat fellows will learn about palliative care medicine and end of life care/discussions as it pertains to oncology.