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Clinical training sites:

Each training year is broken down into 13 blocks of four weeks. Over three years, each fellow completes 18 blocks of research (bench or clinical)/scholarly activity and 18 blocks of clinical training. The clinical training takes place at three Case Western Reserve University consortium hospitals. Typically, clinical training consists of 10 blocks at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, 4 blocks at MetroHealth Medical Center, and 4 blocks at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

Blocks at UH Case Medical Center, our flagship academic medical center, are distributed between oncology consults, hematology consults, and stem cell transplantation.

The rotations at MetroHealth combine an inpatient hematology and oncology ward experience and inpatient hematology and oncology consultation.

Training at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center encompasses both hematology and oncology consultations.

 

The outpatient clinical training is composed of two components:

1) Continuity Clinics, at one of the three training hospitals’ outpatient practice, which may be disease-focused subspecialty clinics, or general hematology and oncology teaching clinics.

2) Subspecialty Training Clinics, during which fellows are mentored by disease-focused expert faculty at the UH Seidman Cancer Center, and gain expertise in bone marrow aspirate and biopsy. During the second year of fellowship, fellows rotate in three-month blocks of subspecialty clinics in major areas of hematology and oncology (e.g. head-and-neck, breast, thoracic, GI, GU, stem cell transplant, malignant hematology, or benign hematology). In the third year, clinics are focused on the fellow’s major area of clinical focus.

Fellows typically have one half day of clinic per week during the first year (the Continuity Clinic), two half-day clinics (the Continuity Clinic and subspecialty clinic blocks) in the second year, and one to three half-day clinics in the third year, depending on career objectives. Third year fellows who are engaged in intensive clinical or laboratory research will generally limit their outpatient clinics, with clinical experience focused in an area that corresponds to their research interest.