Overview

Background

The City of Hope’s ACGME-accredited fellowship in adult hematology/hematopoietic cell transplant and medical oncology offers advanced clinical programs covering the spectrum of adult solid tumors and hematologic malignancies as well as non-malignant hematology.  Our program provides exposure to the modality-based disciplines including pharmacology and drug development, the immunology and immunotherapy of malignancy, radiation biology and imaging, and molecular biology and cell biochemistry. The fellowship also offers research opportunities for many clinical and basic science projects, providing each trainee with individual and team mentoring and guidance in career development. Additionally, clinical interactions with the departments of cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, palliative medicine, and dermatology contribute to clinical training as well as opportunities for research collaborations. Clinical and research collaborations with the multiple oncologic surgical subspecialties include head and neck, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary, urologic, gynecologic, thoracic, breast, and neurosurgery. Didactic education includes a focus on clinical  research methodologies as well as grant-writing, and fellows are encouraged to take advantage of early career development awards in order to continue their research and enhance their breadth of career opportunities. Unique benefits of City of Hope training include participation in a large and growing Phase I program, involvement in one of the premier hematopoietic cell transplant programs, and access to one of the largest and most multi-dimensional adoptive T-cell therapy programs in the world.

Curriculum

City of Hope hematology-oncology fellows are exclusively trained at the Duarte campus, where all of the clinical education and training activities take place. Research laboratories are located at several facilities surrounding the Duarte campus and elective rotations may be chosen at Harbor-UCLA in Torrance, California. Teaching experience, an important component of fellowship training, is provided by second and third-year internal medicine residents rotating to Duarte from Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.  Fellows will also be encouraged to attend conferences, providing additional education and networking opportunities, including the ASCO/AACR Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop, ASH Clinical Research Training Institute, ASCO Grant Writing Workshop, and where relevant, specialty conferences to present their work and to receive further education.

Training Requirements

Physicians with an M.D. degree expected to complete an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency, eligible for medicine boards, and a California license are eligible to apply. Details regarding the application process will be posted at a later date.

Program History

City of Hope was established in 1913 as a charitable hospital supported by a philanthropic volunteer organization. Today, the organization is dedicated to the prevention and cure of life-threatening diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, through both innovative research and compassionate patient care. The hematology/hematopoietic cell transplant and medical oncology fellowship was established in the mid-1970s, affiliated with and then sponsored by Harbor-UCLA until 2019, and once again approved as an independent program starting in 2020.