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Hematopathology Fellowship

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Brief Program Description

The Hematopathology Fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is an ACGME accredited, one-year comprehensive training program. We strive to train independent hematopathologists to acquire state of the art diagnostic skills and clinical research knowledge, and to foster the pursuit of academic or specialty practice careers. The program is intended to benefit highly motivated candidates to get extensive training in neoplastic hematopathology at a busy tertiary cancer center. The structure of our one-year clinical fellowship provides one core year of training in diagnostic hematopathology to meet eligibility for the subspecialty certification in Hematology given by the American Board of Pathology. There is an optional second year of research to allow fellows to further develop on an academic career track.

Our program is mainly based in the Hematopathology and Laboratory Medicine Department at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute with mandatory rotations at the James A. Haley VA hospital, Tampa General Hospital, and All Children Hospital in St.  Petersburg. At Moffitt, the fellows are responsible for daily direction of a busy bone marrow/lymph node/peripheral blood clinical service, and mentoring both pathology residents and medical oncology fellows. They will become proficient in evaluation of hematopathologic materials by exposure to approximately 5800 in-house and consultation bone marrows, 4500 flow cytometry analyses,1000 in-house and consultation lymph nodes, 1300 fine needle aspirates of lymph node, and 5000 peripheral blood smears and body fluids yearly. The fellows are trained utilizing an interpretive approach based on state of the art ancillary diagnostic methods including cytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, molecular diagnostics, imaging analysis and in situ hybridization etc. The fellows are also expected to become familiar with laboratory instrumentation and compliance requirements, acquiring the skills needed to manage a hematology laboratory in the future. At other sites, the fellows will be exposed to other hematologic disorders, particular benign conditions, to enhance their general knowledge in cytogenetics, pediatric hematopathology, hemoglobinapathies and coagulation.

Goals and Objectives:

The fellows are expected to achieve proficiency in the core competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as they apply to hematopathology. The ACGME core competencies are:

  • Patient Care - Fellows must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  • Medical Knowledge - Fellows must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care. The fellow will conduct research with the expectation of presentation and/or publication. The fellow will participate in the teaching of pathology residents and medical students.
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement - Fellows must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self - evaluation and life-long learning.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills - Fellows must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.
  • Professionalism - Fellows must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles.
  • Systems-based Practice - Fellows must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.

The curriculum outlined here describes how these competencies are taught and evaluated.

Global Program Educational Goals and Objectives

Global Hematopathology Fellowship Program Progressive Responsibilities

 

Clinical Curriculum

  • 36 weeks: Neoplastic Hematopathology, Wet Hematology, and Laboratory Administration
  • 4 weeks: Pediatric Hematology/Hematopathoogy/Cytogenetics (All Children Hospital)
  • 4 weeks: Benign Hematopathology/Coagulation (James A Haley VA Hospital)
  • 4 weeks: Benign Hematopathology (Tampa General Hospital)
  • 4 weeks: Molecular Diagnostics, Blood Bank/Stem Cell Processing, and Hematology Related Infectious Disease (MCC)
  • Includes 2 weeks Vacation

Rotations

Education – Conferences, Seminars, Journal Clubs

Research:

Each 1-year clinical fellow is encouraged to participate in clinical trials, translational research, case studies and rare case reports under the supervision of an attending hematopathologist with the expectation of publication in peer reviewed journals and presentation at local or national conferences. Each research fellow is expected to design and conduct one or more research projects (basic, clinical or translational) under the guidance of a designed faculty mentor from the department of Hematopathology or in collaboration with clinical or experimental research experts at Moffitt, with the expectation of publication in high-tier peer reviewed journals and presentation at national or international conferences.

Program Director & Faculty Information:

Ling Zhang, MD – Program Director

Application Process and Deadlines

Application Process and Deadlines" information Application Process and Deadlines Applicants should send his/her completed application forms and all required documents to our program prior to the stated application deadline. The deadline is 18 months prior to the fellowship start date [e.g. the deadline is 12/31/2014 to apply for a position starting 7/1/2016].

Eligibility

All applicants must have completed a US anatomic and clinical pathology residency program, and be certified or at least board eligible by the American Board of Pathology by the start date of the fellowship (July 1st). 

Number of Positions:  2

How to Apply

Download and complete the application form according to the requirements. Please also attach your updated CV, a brief statement of your career plans in Hematopathology, and copies of USMLE scores, if available. In addition, three letters of recommendation (including one from your current residency program director or department chair) should be originally signed and mailed to our program separately.

Contact Information:

Please send application materials to the fellowship coordinator at the following address:

Kathy McKinley
Education Coordinator
Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
12902 Magnolia Drive, MCC- GME
Tampa, Florida 33612
Tel: 813-745-2069
Toll free: 800-456-3434
E-mail: Kathy.McKinley@Moffitt.org

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