Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Curriculum

The ABIM sets the acceptable duration of training. For combined Hematology and Medical Oncology, the duration is 36 months. At least 18 of the 36 months must be clinical training. For specific information regarding vacation, sick time, and leaves of absence please refer to the WFBH [Graduate Medical Education] page.

In the Wake Forest Baptist Health Hematology/Oncology fellowship, our clinical training is a diverse experience with a mix of inpatient and outpatient rotations covering myriad pathologies in both benign and malignant hematology as well as oncology. This provides a strong foundation for understanding the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of a wide variety of hematologic and oncologic issues. Further, our curriculum’s structure helps develop your skills as a consultant in preparation for your career as an independent practitioner.

Inpatient Rotations

Outpatient Rotations

Didactics

You will notice right away that the entire section of Hematology and Oncology is dedicated to the education of fellows. Teaching is a top priority for all of our attending physicians, be it on the wards or in the clinic. The fellowship curriculum is set up to supplement this clinical teaching with a plethora of exciting and innovative didactics and conferences. Hematology and Oncology Grand Rounds are held on Monday afternoons, and noon conferences are held Monday through Friday. Several noon conference series have been developed to help gradually build a strong hematology and oncology fund of knowledge, including the Oncology Core Curriculum series and the Foundation Board Review Series.

There is also a weekly case-based hematology conference led by one of our faculty that exposes fellows to the rational and logical application of knowledge in benign hematology. Further, fellows participate in weekly tumor board conferences and frequent journal clubs to keep abreast of important advancements and review landmark trials in the field of hematology and oncology. 

Research

As one of only 47 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States, the opportunities for research are plentiful here at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Fellows are encouraged to participate in research and scholarly activity during their time in fellowship, and research mentors are available at any time. During the second year of training, fellows are expected to dedicate time to their own research in a three-month contiguous block. As with didactics, all of our Hematology and Oncology faculty members strive to enhance the research component of our fellowship.

Conferences

The fellowship program pays for each fellow to attend one conference per year. In the first year of training, fellows attend the Charles L. Spurr Oncology Symposium (sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center). Second-year fellows attend American Society of Clinical Oncology, and third-year fellows attend American Society of Hematology. Additional conference attendance is encouraged and flexible based on individual preferences. The program highly encourages fellows to present their research at regional and national conferences, and fellows attempting to do so receive significant financial and academic support to attend these conferences.