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Hematology-Oncology Fellowship


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The goal of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program is to train fellows in the scientific and clinical aspects of the discipline, preparing them for a career in academic medicine. 

Paramount throughout training is the emphasis on excellence of clinical care for children with hematologic or malignant disorders and those requiring bone marrow transplantation. Emphasis is on the development of fellows in the physician-scientist model, for which there are numerous role models among the faculty. 

During the fellowship, each fellow is expected to acquire clinical expertise and the procedural skills required for diagnosis and treatment of Hematology-Oncology patients. Of equal importance, each fellow is expected to select a research mentor, and under the guidance of that individual to develop research skills, specifically learning the methods of careful, controlled scientific inquiry. The fellowship is designed as a three-year training program, with a clinical emphasis during the first year and a research emphasis in the latter two years. The fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

Year One – Goals

  • Development of clinical skills in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.
  • Acquisition of a fundamental knowledge base in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.
  • Introduction to basic laboratory and clinical skills pertinent to Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.
  • Experience in preparing clinical presentations, discussions of cases, and case reports.
  • Initiation of research interests.

Year One – Rotations

  • Four months Hematology
  • Three months Oncology
  • One month Neuro-Oncology
  • Three months Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • One month laboratory and support services pertinent to the practice of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Year One – Vacation

3 weeks' vacation plus 1 week for meetings/education

  • Oncology: First-year fellows will attend their ½ day per week Oncology Continuity Clinic throughout the year. They will be relieved of any other clinical responsibilities during this time. In addition, during their neuro-oncology month, fellows will spend the majority of their time in the neuro-oncology clinic involved in the care of new and established patients and patients being seen in consultation.
  • Hematology: During Hematology rotations the first year, the fellow will divide their time equally between the inpatient/consult service and the hematology outpatient clinic.
  • BMT: While on the BMT clinical rotations, the first year fellow will be asked to spend a total of 6 to 10 days in the BMT outpatient clinic. The timing of these clinic days will be arranged with the inpatient BMT attending at the beginning of the month.

Year One – Inpatient

At Children's Hospital Colorado, there is an 18-bed Hematology/Oncology Unit and a 6-bed Bone Marrow Transplant unit.

  • Oncology: Every fellow will spend three months on the Oncology Inpatient Unit supervising as well as managing Oncology and Neuro-Oncology inpatients.
  • Hematology: Every fellow will spend four months on the Hematology Service. At any given time, a small number of patients are likely to be inpatient on the Hematology Service on the Hematology/Oncology Unit. Most patients, however, are typically being followed in an outpatient clinic or in consultation with another service, usually in other parts of the hospital.
  • BMT: Every fellow will spend three months on the BMT service, primarily managing patients during their inpatient BMT phase of treatment. The fellows will also gain experience in the other phases of BMT, specifically the pre-BMT consultative and evaluation phase and the post-BMT recovery and management of complications phases.

Year One – Call

The first year fellows are on call one to two week nights per week and one weekend approximately every three to four weeks. Estimated weekend call for 1st year fellows is 12-15 weekends.

The first year fellows are on call one to two week nights per week and one weekend approximately every three to four weeks. Estimated weekend call for 1st year fellows is 12-15 weekends.

Year One - Academic and Research Requirements

  • Preparation of brief (<15 minute) didactic sessions at tumor board for oncology patients with whom the fellow is directly involved.
  • Presentations for Friday morning Professor Rounds a minimum of 3 times during the first year.
  • By April 1st, selection of a lab mentor and formulation of a basic research plan to be presented at the Spring Research Symposium.
  • Preparation of one case report or participation in clinical research data collection, independent of the fellow’s primary research project.
  • Identification of an unmet need within the section and development of a plan for quality improvement to meet that need and assess outcome of the intervention (QI project).
  • Participation in clinical oncology/hematology/BMT protocols. Fellows are expected to obtain access to the COG website within 3 months of starting fellowship.
  • Fellows are strongly encouraged to submit at least one abstract for a regional or national meeting.
  • On-line training programs for instruction in conducting research in humans are to be completed within 3 months of starting fellowship.

Year One – Research

Mandatory conferences for first-year fellows include:

  • Fellow Teaching Conference – every Tuesday at 7:45 AM in the 3rd Floor Administrative Pavilion Mesquite Conference Room.
  • Morphology Conference – every Monday (except the first Monday of the month) at 8:00 AM in the microscope room in the clinic.
  • Professor Rounds – every Friday at 8:00 AM in Pyramid Peak Conference Room.
  • Tumor Board – every other Tuesday at 12:30 PM in Mt. Harvard Conference Room.
  • Leukemia Conference – 1st Wednesday of the month at 8:00 AM in Pyramid Peak Conference Room.
  • Neuro-Oncology Conference – 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 AM in Pyramid Peak Conference Room.
  • Solid Tumor Relapse Conference – 3rd Wednesday of every odd month at 8:00 AM in Pyramid Peak Conference Room.
  • Hematology Consult Conference – 2nd Thursday of every month at noon. Location TBA.
  • M&M Conference – 3rd Wednesday of every even month at 8:00 AM in Pyramid Peak Conference Room.
  • Fellowship Seminar Series – Covering core curriculum topics. Eight Wednesday evenings in the fall and four Wednesday evenings in the spring, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, specific dates and locations TBA.
  • First-Year Fellow Fall Retreat – date and location TBA.
  • Spring Research Symposium – Where upper level fellows formally present the progress of their research projects. Date and location TBA.
  • Journal Club – Held on an every other month basis. Times and locations TBA.

First-year fellows are strongly encouraged to attend when able:

  • BMT Conference* – every Monday at 1:00 PM in Pyramid Peak Conference Room.
  • Transfusion Medicine Conference – every Wednesday at 7:30 AM at Bonfils Blood Center Conference Room. Attendance is usually only during the lab month.
  • Coagulation Conference** – 1st Thursday at 12:30 PM at University Hospital or Children's Hospital Colorado. Location TBA.
  • Immuno-Hematology Conference** – 3rd Thursday at 12:30 PM. Location TBA.
  • Grand Rounds – September – May – every Friday at 12:30 PM in Mt. Oxford.
  • Physician awareness group – a new group for first-year Hem/Onc, PICU, NICU, and CICU fellows to explore physician/patient/family communication issues – meets monthly on Tuesdays at noon. Specific dates and locations TBA.

* Mandatory while on BMT Service
** Mandatory while on Hematology Service

Year Two – Goals

  • Development of an understanding of the investigative approach and the laboratory skills necessary to conduct independent research under the guidance of a research mentor.
  • Development of in-depth scientific knowledge in hematology/oncology/BMT.
  • Development of independence in clinical abilities.
  • Development of an in-depth understanding of the diseases and disorders treated by our subspecialty and a rational approach to treatment.

Year Two – Clinics

Although research is the primary focus of this year, 2nd year fellows continue to have clinical responsibilities ½ day per week:

  • For the first 6 months of the second year, fellows will continue their ½ day Oncology Continuity Clinic every week. At this point, in addition to seeing their own patients, they will serve as "Doctor of the Day" for walk-in sick oncology patients and new diagnoses during this clinic time.
  • Starting in January of their second year:
    • Oncology Continuity Clinic with Doctor of the Day responsibilities will continue ½ day every other week
    • Fellows will select three other clinics to rotate through every six months, which they will attend every other week on the weeks they don’t attend the Oncology Continuity Clinic. As an alternative, fellows can schedule both half-day clinics on the same day every other week.
      • One must be any Hematology Clinic.
      • One must be a non-General Oncology Clinic (could be Neuro-Onc, BMT, HOPE, ETP, any other Hem, or custom - example of custom would be endocrine tumor clinic)
      • One can be any clinic of the fellow’s choosing.

Second-year fellows are expected to cover some of the inpatient clinical service responsibilities for the first-year fellows when they are away on vacation (generally two of the three vacation weeks, depending on the number of fellows in each year).


Year Two – Call

Estimated weekend call for second year fellows is 11-13 weekends over the course of the year (dependent on the total number of fellows). If there are less than three first-year fellows, upper-level fellows (along with faculty) may be asked to cover a defined number of weeknight calls as well.


Year Two - Academic Requirements

  • Prepare and present one talk on a topic involving pediatric hematology for the Fellow Teaching Conference on Tuesday mornings.
  • Prepare and present for at least one Professor Rounds over the course of the year.
  • Prepare and present for other conferences (e.g., Tumor Board, Hematology Consult Conference, Journal Club, etc) as indicated.
  • Continued planning and implementation of a quality improvement (QI) project for the Section.

Year Two – Meetings

  • One national meeting per year.
  • Professor Rounds every Friday morning.
  • Fellow Teaching Conferences on Tuesday mornings.
  • Journal Club on an every other month basis. Specific locations and times TBA.
  • Hematology Consult Conference – 3rd Thursday of each month at noon.
  • Any of the other meetings as time permits and as suits the fellow’s clinical and research interests.
  • Fellows will formally present the progress of their research project twice a year to the faculty and their Scholarship Oversight Committee. The Spring Research Symposium is held at Children’s Hospital Colorado over an afternoon and the Fall Research Conference is held in Aspen over a three day period. Participation is required for fellows in years two and above.
  • A department-wide ½ day retreat will be held for all second-year fellows. Specific time and location TBA.

Year Two – Research

Research is the primary focus of the second year, with an emphasis on project development and design, research interactions, presentations, abstracts, article submissions, and grant preparation.


Year Two – Courses

  • Fellows without previous basic science research experience are strongly encouraged to take the cellular and molecular biology course (CLSC 7500: Practical application of molecular and cell biology techniques for the clinical investigator) offered at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CU SOM) in July. The fellowship program will pay for the course.
  • An introductory statistics course is offered to all second- and/or third-year fellows. It will take place over seven Tuesday evenings in October-December from 5-7:15 PM (with dinner served). Cost is approximately $100/fellow and will be covered by the fellowship program. This course is required unless the fellow is able to provide sufficient evidence that they have successfully completed coursework leading to competence in this area.
  • As part of their research training, fellows may opt to pursue a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Clinical Science through the CU SOM (see http://cctsi.ucdenver.edu/training-and-education/CLSC/Pages/default.aspx for details of the programs). Cost for these programs is covered by the fellowship program.

Year Three – Goals

  • Mastery of an understanding of the investigative approach and the laboratory skills necessary to conduct independent research under the guidance of a research mentor.
  • In-depth scientific knowledge in hematology/oncology/BMT.
  • Independence in the clinical practice of pediatric hematology/oncology.
  • An in-depth understanding of the diseases and disorders treated by our subspecialty and a rational approach to treatment.

Year Three – Clinical

Although research is the primary focus of this year, 3rd-year fellows continue to have clinical responsibilities ½ day per week:

  • Oncology Continuity Clinic with Doctor of the Day responsibilities will continue ½ day every other week
  • Fellows will continue to rotate through other clinics every six months, which they will attend every other week on the weeks they don’t attend the Oncology Continuity Clinic. As an alternative, fellows can schedule both half-day clinics on the same day every other week.
    • One must be any Hematology Clinic.
    • One must not be a General Oncology Clinic (could be Neuro-Onc, BMT, HOPE, ETP, any other Hem, or custom - example of custom would be endocrine tumor clinic).
    • One can be any clinic.

Year Three – Call

Estimated weekend call for third-year fellows is 9-12 weekends over the course of the year. (dependent on the total number of fellows). If there are less than three first-year fellows, upper-level fellows (along with faculty) may be asked to cover a defined number of weeknight calls as well.


Year Three - Academic Requirements

  • Prepare and present one talk on a topic involving pediatric hematology for the Fellow Teaching Conference on Tuesday mornings.
  • Assist in organizing and arranging speakers for the Fellows Teaching Conference.
  • Prepare and present for at least one Professor Rounds over the course of the year.
  • Organize and arrange speakers for Professor Rounds.
  • Prepare and present for other conferences (e.g., Tumor Board, Hematology Consult Conference, Journal Club, etc) as indicated.
  • Complete a quality improvement (QI) project for the section and assess its effectiveness in solving the problem you wish to address.

Year Three – Meetings

  • One national meeting per year.
  • Professor Rounds every Friday morning.
  • Fellow Teaching Conferences on Tuesday mornings.
  • Journal Club on an every other month basis. Specific locations and times TBA.
  • Hematology Consult Conference – 3rd Thursday of each month at noon.
  • Any of the other meetings as time permits and as suits the fellow’s clinical and research interests.
  • Fellows will formally present the progress of their research project twice a year to the faculty and their Scholarship Oversight Committee. The Spring Research Symposium is held at Children’s Hospital Colorado over an afternoon and the Fall Research Conference is held in Aspen over a three day period. Participation is required for fellows in years two and above.
  • A department-wide ½ day retreat will be held for all second-year fellows. Specific time and location TBA.

Year Three – Research

Research is the primary focus of the third year, with an emphasis on project development and design, research interactions, presentations, abstracts, article submissions, and grant preparation.


Year Three – Courses

  • An introductory statistics course is offered to all second- and/or third-year fellows. It will take place over seven Tuesday evenings in October-December from 5-7:15 PM (with dinner served). Cost is approximately $100/fellow and will be covered by the fellowship program. This course is required unless the fellow is able to provide sufficient evidence that they have successfully completed coursework leading to competence in this area.
  • As part of their research training, fellows may opt to pursue a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Clinical Science through the CU SOM (see http://cctsi.ucdenver.edu/training-and-education/CLSC/Pages/default.aspx for details of the programs). Cost for these programs are covered by the fellowship program.

Application Instructions

To apply for our fellowship program please visit the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

If you require further information about our fellowship program, please contact our fellowship coordinator:

Deb TenBrink
Fellowship Coordinator

Hematology-Oncology
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, B115
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Tel: 720-777-6672
E-mail:  Deborah.tenbrink@childrenscolorado.org

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Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellows

Front row (L to R): Michele Loi (PGY4), Gina South (PGY5), Christopher Ng (PGY6), Beth Warren (PGY5)  Middle row (L to R): Amy Caruso Brown, (PGY6), Katherine Minson (PGY6), Lindsey Hoffman, (PGY6), Cara Cannon (PGY4), Heidi Cho (PGY4)  Back Row (L to R): Cathy Lee-Miller (PGY5), Jennifer Salstrom (PGY6), James Ford (PGY6), Christopher McKinney (PGY5)


1st Year Fellows

Pavel Davizon-Castillo, MD
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern
Medical School: Escuela de Medicina Ignacio A. Santos
Research Interests: TBD
Pavel.Davizon-Castillo

Jessica Knight-Perry, MD
Residency: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Medical School: Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Research Interests: TBD
Jessica.Knight-Perry

Daniel Crowther Moreira Ridsdale, MD
Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Medical School: Escuela de Medicina Ignacio A Santos
Research Interests: TBD
Daniel.MoreiraRidsdale

Amanda Winters, MD, PhD
Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Medical School: Tulane University School Of Medicine
Research Interests: TBD
Amanda.Winters


2nd Year Fellows

Cara Cannon, MD
Residency: University of North Carolina Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Research Interests: BMT for immunodeficiency, Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, and cancer vaccines
Cara.Cannon 

Heidi Cho, MD
Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Research Interests: Identifying Genetic Modifiers of Von Willebrand Disease
Heidi.Cho 

Cathy Lee-Miller, MD
Residency: University of Wisconsin Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Research Interests:Transfusion medicine and thrombosis in the critical care setting Investigating the role of calcineurin in acute leukemia
Cathy.Lee-Miller

Michele Loi, MD
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Research Interests:Transfusion medicine and thrombosis in the critical care setting
Michele.Loi


3rd Year Fellows

Christopher McKinney, MD
Residency: Medical College of Georgia Health Sciences
Medical School: Medical College Of Georgia School Of Medicine
Research Interests: Biomarkers in Sickle Cell Disease
Christopher.Mckinney

Katherine Minson, MD
Residency: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Research Interests: Evaluation of Mer/FLT3 targeted inhibition in AML
Katherine.Minson

Gina South, MD
Residency: University of Iowa
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean (AN)
Research Interests: Research focus – Epigenetics in cancer. Project – Evaluation of histone modification changes in leukemia
Gina.South

Beth Warren, MD
Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Research Interests: The effect of platelet alpha granules on tumor metastasis.  Also interested in coagulation research
Beth.Warren


Clinical Research Fellows

Taizo Nakano, MD
Residency: Children's Hospital Oakland CA
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva
Research Interests: Cancer immunology
Taizo.Nakano

Jennifer Salstrom, MD
Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: University Of California, Los Angeles, Geffen School Of Medicine
Research Interests: Aging and Cancer
Jennifer.Salstrom