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Fellowship conferences have been designed to address the biology, natural history, diagnosis and management of cancer and hematological diseases, as well as humanistic, ethical, and professional patient care comprehensively.

The core curriculum is composed of a series of didactic lectures and interactive case-based teaching sessions concerning the pathophysiology and clinical aspects of hematologic and malignant diseases, as well as journal clubs, fellow state-of-the-art presentations, case discussion conferences, and tumor boards. Additionally, a number of intensive "mini-courses" have been developed to focus in greater detail on issues important to fellows pursuing a career in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

Hematology/Oncology Didactic Conference Series (Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:15 pm - approximately 5-6 per month):

Educational Objectives:

  1. Understand the basic cellular and molecular biology underlying the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and therapy of hematologic disorders and cancers
  2. Understand the current state of the art and principles of diagnosis of all hematologic disorders and cancers
  3. Understand the current state of the art and principles of therapy of all hematologic disorders and cancers
  4. Be exposed to approaches to diagnosis and management of hematologic disorders and cancers by experts from multiple disciplines

The topics of these conferences are based on the ACGME/RRC-IM requirements and topics in the texts and literature of hematology and oncology, with the goal of covering all major disease topics in an 18-month period, so that all fellows have the opportunity to hear each major disease topic addressed at least twice in this conference setting during a 3-year fellowship. One or two senior Hem/Onc fellows serve as chief fellows and organize the schedule for these conferences, including recruitment of speakers, with final approval by the program director. The basic science of cancer seminar series, journal clubs, research, and state-of-the-art seminars presented by the fellows also are presented on Mondays and Wednesdays at Noon, but are listed separately.

Hematology/Oncology Basic Science Conference Series (Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:15pm - approximately 1 per month):

Educational Objectives:

  1. Understand the basic cellular and molecular biology underlying the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and therapy of hematologic disorders and cancers

This conference series is organized by 2 of our Hem/Onc faculty members who have a strong basic research interest, as well as a strong focus on clinical relevance of basic pathophysiology. The presentations cover the broad spectrum of the cellular and molecular biology and pharmacologic issues in pathophysiology and principles of diagnosis and therapy of cancers and some hematologic disorders.

Journal Club (Thursdays at Noon– approximately 1-2 per month):

Educational Objectives:

  1. Exposure to key articles in current Hematology/Medical Oncology literature
  2. Become proficient in critical analysis of the medical literature
  3. Develop oral presentations skills of fellows

Each of the Hem/Onc fellows are responsible for selecting articles, with the advice of a faculty member, and presenting 1-2 Journal Club conferences per year.

Fellow State-of-the-Art Seminar (Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:15 pm - approximately 1-2 per month):

Educational Objective:

  1. Update and summary of current state of knowledge on clinical disorders of hematology and medical oncology, basic pathophysiology and biology of hematologic and oncologic diseases, and ethics, economic, and psychosocial aspects.

Each 2nd and 3rd year Hem/Onc fellow presents one in-depth seminar per year on the most current information on a Hematology/Medical Oncology/ Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation topic of his/her choice. The discussion must involve review of the key past literature, most current literature on the subject, which is beyond the information present in textbooks, and analysis of the current state of understanding and issues that are not yet well understood. Most fellows will use this conference to focus on their own area of research interest and their research work.

Hematology Pathophysiology Conference (Tuesday mornings every week at 7:30 am):

Educational Objectives:

  1. Learn diagnosis and management of a broad spectrum of hematologic disorders
  2. Learn basic pathophysiologic basis of hematologic disorders
  3. Develop oral presentation skills of fellows

Each Hem/Onc fellow presents 2 Tuesday morning Hematology-Pathology conferences per year. Over the course of the year the Hem/Onc fellows present clinical cases, pathophysiology, and evidence-based management guidelines representative of the broad spectrum of hematologic disorders. They present didactic information and lead an interactive discussion of the most important teaching points and present thorough discussions of the diagnostic, basic molecular and pathophysiologic, and therapeutic considerations of the hematologic disorder that is the topic of that conference.

Hematology/Oncology Clinical Case Conference (2-3 times per month on Thursdays at noon):

Educational Objectives:

  1. Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to management of uncommon, unusual, and complex patients primarily with oncologic, but occasionally with hematologic disorders.
  2. Learn to interface the medical literature with clinical judgment.

There is a weekly Tuesday noon Clinical Case Conference, at which Hem/Onc fellows briefly present 3-4 interesting cases or patients with difficult or controversial diagnostic or therapeutic problems and discuss relevant literature and management guidelines for with the other fellows and faculty members at the conference. The Hem/Onc fellows and faculty present and discuss and justify their opinions. On average, each Hem/Onc fellow presents about 10 of these cases per year.

Research Seminar Presentations (Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:15 pm - about once every 2 months):



Educational Objectives:

  1. Educate the other fellows on state-of-the-art research, including rationale and experimental design, results, and interpretation
  2. Learn scientific presentation techniques

Hem/Onc fellows are expected to make at least one presentation of the research projects that they have carried out during their 3 years of training.

Multidisciplinary Oncology Program Weekly Clinical Conferences (Each discipline's conference is at its own regular time weekly):

Educational Objectives:

Moffitt Cancer Center is organized around multidisciplinary groups (medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, clinical research personnel, and health care support staff) with common interests in specific types of malignancies. These programs include head and neck, breast, thoracic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecological, neurological, cutaneous, and geriatric oncology, sarcomas, and hematologic malignancies. Each Program has a working and teaching clinical case conference weekly, in which new patients and established patients with management dilemmas are presented. Most Hem/Onc fellows attend at least one of these conferences each week. Hem/Onc fellows frequently make presentations of their inpatients or outpatients from all of their training sites at appropriate multidisciplinary oncology program clinical case conferences to discuss patient management issues.

  1. Malignant Hematology: Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to new and complex patients with hematologic malignancies
  2. Breast Oncology: Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to new and complex patients with breast cancer
  3. Thoracic Oncology: Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to new and complex patients with lung cancer, mesothelioma or other thoracic malignancies.
  4. Genitourinary Oncology: Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to new and complex patients with genitourinary malignancies
  5. Gastrointestinal Oncology: Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to new and complex patients with gastrointestinal malignancies
  6. Head and Neck Oncology: Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to new and complex patients with head and neck malignancies
  7. Neuro-Oncology: Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to new and complex patients with brain, spinal cord, and other rare neurologic malignancies and CNS metastatic disease
  8. Gynecologic Oncology: Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to new and complex patients with gynecologic malignancies
  9. Sarcoma: Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to new and complex patients with bone and soft tissue sarcomas
  10. Cutaneous Oncology: Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to new and complex patients with melanoma and other skin cancers
  11. Senior Adult Oncology: Learn diagnostic and therapeutic approaches and special considerations in management of geriatric patients with cancer
  12. Pathology and Radiology correlations

In addition, there are multiple disease-specific tumor boards at Haley VAMC, at which multidisciplinary faculty, fellows and residents present and discuss difficult cases.

Multidisciplinary Oncology Program Clinical/Translational Research Conferences (approximately once every 2-3 months):

Educational Objective:

  1. Learn the appropriate level of knowledge of basic research methodology related to hematology and medical oncology.

Each of the Multidisciplinary Oncology Programs described above has monthly to quarterly clinical/translational research conferences to discuss currently open research protocols in their disease specialty, potential future research protocols, prioritization of protocols, and potential collaborations with basic researchers for translational research. Many of the programs have 1 or 2 basic scientists in attendance, who are collaborating or are considering collaborating with the clinical investigators on a translational research project. Hem/Onc fellows who are involved in clinical and translational research projects in patients in a given multidisciplinary program or who are interested in becoming involved in such a research project in a given program's patient population attend these conferences.

Presentations to Residents and Students on Inpatient and Consultation Services (unscheduled):

Educational Objective:

Hem/Onc fellows are responsible for make impromptu and scheduled presentations related to the hematologic and oncologic problems of patients on their inpatient and consultation services for the residents and students caring for the patients. Fellows also periodically provide didactic conferences for internal medicine residents. In concert with these presentations/ discussions, the Hem/Onc fellows also provide references and/or reprints of pertinent journal articles.

Fellows' Multidisciplinary Monthly Conference (Monday early evening - 1 time per month):

Each month the fellows in all oncology disciplines who are based at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center attend a multidisciplinary conference with presentations from individuals from different specialties considering different aspects of one specific cancer type from a multidisciplinary standpoint. All fellows from all specialties are expected to attend these conferences that are geared specifically toward the fellows.

Educational Objective:

Learn multidisciplinary diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to new and complex patients with a wide spectrum of malignancies

  1. Pathology and Radiology correlations
  2. Clinical Trials Workshop
  3. Grant Writing Workshop

Moffitt Cancer Center Grand Rounds (Fridays at noon):

Educational Objective:

  1. Updates on current ideas about diagnosis, prevention, management, biology, pathophysiology, basic science, population and outcomes research, and supportive care issues related to oncology.

Clinical Research Methods Course (Thursday mornings - 10 separate 90-minute sessions):

Educational Objectives:

  1. Understand principles of clinical trial design
  2. Understand basic biostatistical analytic methods and their application to clinical study design and interpretation
  3. Be able to critically analyze the clinical research literature
  4. Understand the ethical issues and regulatory processes involved in protection of human research subjects

This course is a series of 10 weekly, 90-minute-long seminars given annually with the sponsorship of the Department of Internal Medicine. Any interested residents, fellows and faculty in the USF College of Medicine are invited to attend these lectures. We have made this course a requirement for all Hem/Onc fellows to take during either the first or second years of their fellowship.

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