Didactics & Mentoring

Didactics

As a fellow, you’ll participate in a number of educational conferences and courses, including:

  • Core curriculum/fellow-led board review course: every Tuesday at noon*
  • Tumor board: every Wednesday at noon*
  • Educational conference: every Thursday at noon*
  • Morbidity and Mortality conference: quarterly
  • Journal club: one evening monthly*
  • Pediatrics Grand Rounds: every Thursday morning (each fellow will present one grand rounds in the third year)
  • Oncology Grand Rounds: every Wednesday morning (each fellow will present one grand rounds in the third year)
  • Hematology course: one semester during second year*
  • Biostatistics course: during second or third year

* = teaching opportunities

Mentoring

Effective mentoring is crucial for fellows to master appropriate clinical and scholarly skills. Mentoring also allows fellows to become effective mentors and lifelong learners themselves as they make the transition to independent investigators and practitioners.

As a fellow, you’ll receive mentorship in multiple ways:

  • The fellowship program director meets individually and collectively with fellows every two to three months at a minimum. These meetings are a time to review career objectives and training progress, and solicit suggestions for program improvement.
  • The fellowship research director meets individually with fellows during the first year to identify research interests and aims, and to select possible research mentors.
  • Once a fellow has made a decision regarding research training, the supervising researcher will become the fellow’s research mentor and will be responsible for the bulk of mentorship in the second and third years of training.
  • All fellows have a scholarly oversight committee (similar to a graduate thesis committee) that is responsible for research oversight, and eventually, to certify that the fellow has met appropriate research requirements. The committee meets with the fellow twice per year at a minimum to review progress and provide research and career advice. The committee consists of the fellowship research director, the fellow’s research mentor, and one or two additional faculty members.
  • Senior fellows provide mentorship and orientation to the first-year fellow, including guidance during the initial on-service rotation.