Fellows' Teaching and Career Development
In addition to the standard course of research and clinical experience, a distinctive feature of Georgetown's fellowship program is an integrated program of lectures-and teaching opportunities. The conferences are an important teaching venue, and Fellows actively participate.
The Division of Hematology/Oncology has several weekly conferences focused on both patient care and research interactions. Fellows actively participate in these conferences, which are one of the major activities of the teaching program:
- Morning Report: Every Monday morning the entire group of faculty and fellows attend a 40 minute case presentation or literature review provided by one of the Fellows. The last 15 minutes are for Board Review of multiple choice questions.
- Hematologic Oncology Conference: The Hematologic Oncology faculty and the Hematopathology faculty gather once a week on Tuesday’s to review the status of complex patients including their pathology, treatment plans and entry to research studies.
- Breast Cancer Conference: The Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference follows the weekly Breast Clinic. The Breast Cancer Conference focuses on patient management issues and includes discussion of relevant literature and ongoing research. The conference is attended by representatives from medical oncology, radiation medicine, radiology (mammography), surgery, pathology, and psychiatry. Patient presentations and literature review are done by Fellows.
- Gastrointestinal Oncology Conference: This is a weekly conference with members of the Departments of Radiology and Surgery and the Division of Gastroenterology to review management of patients who are beginning their therapy at Georgetown.
- Pathology Conference: The Department of Pathology conducts a weekly slide review for the division. This conference is also attended by faculty from the Department of Radiation Medicine. The conference is designed to familiarize fellows with histologic patterns typical of malignant diseases and to prepare them for the pathology section of the board examination in medical oncology.
- Pulmonary Conference: Weekly the Divisions of Pulmonary Medicine and Hematology/Oncology meet to discuss management issues of common interest. This is a conference that reviews many of the patients with lung cancer.
- Cancer Center Research Conference: The Cancer Center sponsors a weekly research seminar given by a speaker from the Cancer Center, or from another institution on a topic relevant to research at the cancer center.
- Brain Tumor Conference: A weekly multidisciplinary brain tumor conference held Friday and attended by members of Oncology, Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology and Radiology departments.
- Oncology/Hematology Journal Club: Held twice monthly on Mondays at 12:30 pm. Presentations include clinical and basic science topics from recent publications, selected by fellows in conjunction with the fellows.
- Coagulation Teleconference: held once monthly between GUH, GWH, NCI, and WHC.
- Lymphoma Teleconference: Held once monthly between GUH, WHC, GWH, and NCI.
- Hematology Research Conference: Held weekly on Thursdays at 12:30 pm. Review of current protocols and patients accrual. Also lectures on hematology topics are provided frequently by members of the division.
- Lombardi Grand Ground: Held first Friday of each month. Prominent speakers from different centers are invited.
- Tuesday Core lecture Series: Core lectures at 8:00am cover the whole curriculum are provided by members of the cancer center.
- Tumor Biology Seminar Series: Held weekly on Fridays at 2:00 pm at the research building. Covers basic science topics as: angiogenesis, invasion, and metastasis, radiation biology, growth regulation, cancer control, cancer genetics and epidemiology, developmental therapeutics.
We encourage second-year Fellows to attend scientific and medical conferences in the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. In addition, the division supports travel to one national meeting during the second and third fellowship years. Most Fellows chose to attend one of the annual meetings of a major national society, such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology or the American Society of Hematology.
Fellows provide supervision and instruction to residents and medical students who rotate through the outpatient clinic. Fourth year medical students are assigned to the outpatient department throughout the year. Each student is assigned to a Fellow for clinical supervision and teaching.