The discipline of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology has continued to expand in both the clinical and basic science arenas over the last several decades. Discoveries of dominant oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, gene transfer technology and hematopoietic growth factors have opened new areas of clinical and basic research, as well as provided new potential therapies for patients. Both the demonstrated improvement in care for pediatric patients with hematologic-oncologic disorders as well as the scientific excitement generated through research directed toward understanding these disorders insures that the discipline of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology will continue to be an exciting part of pediatric medicine and science in the future.
The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children is dedicated to the specialized training of physicians that will be excellent providers of pediatric hematology/oncology care and future leaders in academic pediatric hematology/oncology. Thus, the fellowship training program is designed to:
- Prepare the trainee for the clinical practice of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
- Prepare the trainee for independent academic investigation
- Prepare the trainee to teach the discipline of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology to others.
To accomplish these goals, a faculty with demonstrated excellence in clinical care, research, and education is represented in the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Riley Hospital. Equally important, we recognize that faculty will focus on various aspects of patient care, research or teaching but that a truly stimulating, complete training program requires extensive interactions among individuals with different areas of interest. The Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Indiana University strongly encourages interaction between clinicians, educators and investigators to provide a stimulating environment and a broad scope for the trainee in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
The faculty are committed to providing strong back-up support and education for the trainee during his/her clinical training, as well as serving as mentors, and helping the trainee develop skill in manuscript and grant preparation, and scientific presentations.
Our fellowship training program is designed to train Pediatric Hematology/Oncology specialists who will assume full-time academic positions. Therefore, although we have a three year training format, some individuals may benefit from a fourth and fifth year of training in basic laboratory investigation in order to become more competitive for independent full-time academic positions. Such additional training is available through the Section.