Fellowship year one focuses on the outpatient care of hematology and oncology patients. During this year the fellows have five half-day clinics for 12 months. These clinics are chosen so that fellows get adequate exposure to breast, gastrointestinal, thoracic, genitourinary and hematologic oncology, in addition to benign hematologic disorders. Fellowship year one also focuses on inpatient consultative hematology. During this rotation, the fellow is exposed to the breadth of both benign and malignant hematologic conditions.
Fellowship years two and three focus on inpatient hematology, bone marrow transplant and the oncology consult service, hematopathology, radiation oncology, neuro-oncology and other electives. The inpatient hematology rotation focuses on the evaluation and treatment of acute leukemia and heme malignancy, as well as stem cell transplant patients. The fellows also spend three months at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV). The rotation at GWV includes inpatient consultative services, as well as continuity clinics.
Research is a mandatory part of the fellowship training program at Geisinger. The fellowship has a formal research curriculum that helps the fellow generate a hypothesis-driven project. Moreover, fellows work toward project completion throughout the course of their fellowship.
Most rotations are completed at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., with three consecutive months in fellowship year two and three spent at GWV in Wilkes-Barre, a one-hour drive from Danville. GWV provides for an opportunity to work with different faculty in a community setting, as well as to see a different array of disease acuity and pathology. Housing is provided at GWV at no cost to the fellows during these rotations.