- Training in the University of Florida Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is highly individualized to offer the most comprehensive and appropriate experience for each trainee with flexibility in rotation and clinic assignments. First year of fellowship provides a foundation of clinical experiences and knowledge to subsequently provide thoughtful personal and professional development. All fellows select one of three career tracks: Translational Clinical Scientist, Clinical Educator, or Clinical Provider. All fellows will also have ongoing outpatient experience at both hospitals, including a personal and diverse panel of continuity patients which will be followed throughout the duration of training.
- The educational activities within the division include weekly tumor conferences in the management of sarcomas, genitourinary cancers, lymphomas and leukemia, breast cancer, thoracic malignancies, head and neck cancer, and gastrointestinal cancers. In addition, there are weekly didactic conferences during which faculty, fellows or outside guest lecturers provide the Program with information regarding the management and biology of malignancies. To aid the education of fellows in the biology of cancer, there is a weekly cancer biology symposium and monthly Cancer Center Grand Rounds. For hematology, there is a weekly morning case-based conference as well as a more formal monthly presentations dealing with new information or clinical challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with blood disorders. Embeded in the fellow clinics, there is a weekly clinic conference where select patients are discussed for the sole purpose of education.
- For those fellows interested in a career based in research, opportunities are available as part of an NIH funded training grant and in association with the UF Cancer Center. Opportunities for basic research include the areas of stem cell and cancer biology, drug development and the mechanisms of action of antineoplastic agents, signal transduction and gene therapy. In the areas of clinical research, fellows may work with any number of mentors in the hematologic malignancies program, the bone marrow transplant program, hematology, or the solid tumor programs. Funds to support these efforts are obtained from the appropriate sources by the fellow in collaboration with their respective mentors. More formal training within the program on clinical trial methodology and biostatistics, as well as support from the UF Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office, help to provide a robust exposure to clinical research and the future of Hematology & Oncology.
- Julia Close, MD
- Jennifer Duff, MD
Associate Program Director
- Barbara McMichael