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Graduate Medical Education (GME)

Graduate Medical Education (GME)
Welcome to the City of Hope Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME).  GME is an essential and integral part of the academic atmosphere and clinical environment necessary to accomplish the mission of City of Hope. All residency and clinical fellowship programs at City of Hope are overseen by the Designated Institutional Official, the Director of Graduate Medical Education & Clinical Training and by the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC).  The office of GME offers a variety of resources to assist residents, fellows, faculty and staff in meeting their clinical training goals and objectives.  The office of GME is available to assist you, and we encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns.
 
Clinical Residency and Fellowship Programs
 
City of Hope's Clinical Training Programs offer excellent opportunities for physicians interested in expanding their knowledge base and clinical expertise in specialty and subspecialty areas. Our clinical training programs offer intensive didactic as well as hands-on training by instructors who have made significant contributions to cancer research and clinical practice.
 
Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC)
 
Our Graduate Medical Education Committee provides oversight, guidance, and support to ensure the quality of education and work environment for all our trainees. Responsibilities of the GMEC include the following:

  • Develop and review policies and procedures that affect both ACGME-accredited and non-accredited clinical training programs and their trainees
     
  • Maintain oversight of and liaison with clinical program directors
     
  • Conduct regular reviews of ACGME-accredited clinical training programs in accordance with the Common Program Requirements and the RRC Program Requirements
     
  • Review and approve non-ACGME accredited clinical training programs to ensure that they meet equivalent standards to those required for the accredited programs
     
  • Review and approve changes to training programs which could affect educational quality or require ACGME approval
     
  • Provide a forum for exchange of information among all parties involved in graduate medical education
     
  • Review Letters of Report concerning all ACGME-accredited clinical training programs and monitor action plans for correction in areas of non-compliance
     
 

House Staff Application

Please contact Graduate Medical Education for a Clinical Residency or Fellowship application.
 
Graduate Medical Education
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte, CA 91010
(626) 256-4673, ext. 63889

Agreement Checklist
 

Resident and Fellows Forum

The City of Hope Department of GME & Clinical Training sponsors a Resident and Fellow Forum. This forum provides a formal platform for our trainees to communicate with each other in a comfortable and collegial environment. The forum occurs at least once a quarter, and is attended by the Director of GME for the first portion, allowing exchange of information, as required or requested. Thereafter, the Director of GME leaves, and the trainees are free to discuss whatever aspect of their programs (or lives) they wish.
 
All GME trainees at City of Hope are automatically members of this forum and are  welcomed and encouraged to attend. The forum provides an open, group discussion that allows residents and fellows to communicate and exchange information on their educational and work environments, their programs, and other relevant issues they may face during training, as well as promote the well-being, interests and education of GME trainees. The forum strives to keep all residents and fellows informed about important issues that impact their professional lives as well as provide an organized voice to raise and resolve concerns for City of Hope trainees.
 
The forum is co-chaired by two active trainee members of the GMEC, nominated and elected by their peers. Any issues or topics discussed during the forum can warrant further discussion or presentation to the GMEC if decided by the forum. The forum co-chairs/GMEC representatives can also present any issues to the committee during the GMEC meetings.

Salaries and Financial Information

 

COH PGY Salary Scale 2011-2014
 

PGY

Salary

Monthly

Annual

1

$ 3,663.05

$ 43,956

2

$ 4,098.08

$ 49,176

3 $ 4,440.34 $ 53,284
4 $ 4,784.95 $ 57,419

5

$ 5,120.29

$ 61,443

6

$ 5,467.21

$ 65,606

7

$ 5,793.30

$ 69,519
 

Trainee Benefits/Agreement

Physician-in-Training Agreements
 
 
City of Hope Trainee Current Benefits
 
Medical Benefits
Aetna PPO or HMO Plan or Kaiser HMO options; Prescription drug program; Option for dependent care coverage (shared by Trainee).
 
Dental Benefits
Choice of Aetna Dental PPO, Aetna DMO; Preventive, basic, and major dental service levels.
 
Vision Benefits
Optional vision plan is available if Trainee elects this coverage (this benefit is voluntary).
 
Disability Insurance
Short Term Provides 60% of salary for illness up to 90 days of absence starting on the 8th day of illness. Long Term is available and provides 60% of salary for illness after 90 days of absence if Trainee elects this coverage (this benefit is voluntary).
 
Basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
$50,000 of group term life insurance provided by the COHMG is provided. There is a cost of coverage in excess of $50,000 if Trainee elects to increase this coverage.
 
Retirement Plan
Optional 403(b) retirement plan is available if Trainee elects to contribute (this benefit is voluntary).  The 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity Plan allows you to set aside money from your pay to save for retirement.  Your deferrals are taken on a pre-tax basis, so you do not pay taxes on the money or any earnings until you take a distribution from the plan.  This lowers your current taxes.
 
The Plan is administered by TIAA-CREF.  There are a variety of investment options from which to choose to build your own portfolio, or you can decide to invest in a Lifecycle Fund appropriate for your expected retirement year.  You have online access to your account 24/7 through the TIAA-CREF/City of Hope website (www.tiaa-cref.org/coh) or you can speak with a representative during business hours (800-842-2252).  You may also arrange to meet with a TIAA-CREF counselor in person at no cost to you to discuss your retirement needs.
 
You may defer up to the government limits each year (for 2013 $17,500 under age 50 and $23,000 age 50 and over).  You can start, stop or change your contribution amounts at any pay period by submitting a new Salary Reduction form.  Loans and hardship withdrawals are available in this plan. To enroll, first go to the TIAA-CREF/COH website and open an account.  Then print off a Salary Reduction form, sign it, and return it to Benefits and Employee Services.
 
Supplemental Term Life Insurance
Additional term life insurance may be purchased by Trainee and dependents (this benefit is voluntary).
 
Employee Assistance Program
Five (5) covered visits per year.
 
 

GME Policies and Procedures

GME Helpful Links and Resources

Current Residents and Fellows

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Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship
 
Marian Miller, M.D.
Breast Surgical Oncology
Year 1                                                                                          
 
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Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship
 
Jean Huang, M.D.
Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism
Year 1
Jinsun Choi, M.D.
Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism
Year 2
Sina Tebi, M.D.
Diabetes Endocrinology
and Metabolism
Year 2
   
 
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Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplantation-HCT Fellowship
 
Alan Skarbnik, M.D.
Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplantation-HCT
Year 1                                                                                       
Mori Shahram, M.D.                                                 
Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplantation-HCT                                                                   
Year 1          
                                                                     
 
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Hematology Oncology Fellowship
 

Dai Chu Nguyen Luu, M.D.
Hematology Oncology Fellowship
Year 1                                                           

Niki Tank, M.D.                        
Hematology Oncology Fellowship
Year 1
                                                                                                                            

Zeynep Eroglu, M.D.
Hematology Oncology Fellowship
Year 2

Odicie Fielder-Kimbrough, M.D.
Hematology Oncology Fellowship
Year 2
                                                
 
Mathew Mei, M.D.
Hematology Oncology Fellowship
Year 3
Arvind Shinde, M.D.
Hematology Oncology Fellowship
Year 3
 
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Hematopathology Fellowship
 
 
Tobi Quinto, M.D., M.P.H.
Hematopathology Fellowship
Year 1
 
                                                                                                                                                          

Deepti Reddi, M.D.
Hematopathology Fellowship
Year 1
                                                                        
Kali Freeman, M.D.
Hematopathology Fellowship
Year 1

Nan Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
Hematopathology Fellowship
Year 1
 
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Radiation Oncology Residency
 
 
Lindsay Jensen, M.D.
Radiation Oncology Residency
Year 1                                                                             
 
 
 
 
Benjamin Cahan, M.D.         
Radiation Oncology Residency
Year 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
 
 
Mathew Hall, M.D.
Radiation Oncology Residency
Year 3
Daniel Kim, M.D.
Radiation Oncology Residency
Year 4
 
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Surgical Oncology Fellowship
 
John Hamner, M.D.
Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Year 1
                                                            
Rondi Kaufmann, M.D.
Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Year 1                                    
Shaila Merchant, M.D.
Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Year 1
David T. Luyimbazi, M.D.
Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Year 2
Hans Francis Schoellhammer, M.D.
Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Year 2
   
 
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Urology and Urologic Oncology Fellowship
 
 
 
 
 
 
Niall James Harty, M.D.
Urology and Urologic Oncology Fellowship                                                  
Year 1
                                                                                                                                                                           
 
 
Spencer Kozinn, M.D.                              
Urology and Urologic Oncology
Fellowship
Year 1                                                                                              
Scott Tobis, M.D.
Urology and Urologic Oncology
Fellowship
Year 1                                                     
Kristina Wittig, M.D.
Urology and Urologic Oncology
Fellowship
Year 1
Ali Zhumkhawala, M.D.
Urology and Urologic Oncology
Fellowship
Year 1
   
 
Residents and Fellows
Verinform
City of Hope uses Verinform Residency Management System for management of our clinical trainees.
 
 
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