Three years of training in Internal Medicine (including internship) are required before a Fellow can be accepted into the program. We currently have 12 clinical fellows distributed between the Divisions of Hematology and Oncology. The fellows spend two years in either subspecialty (2 yrs/1 yr). Fellows will be board eligible in both Hematology and Oncology at the end of that period.
The Hematology/Oncology fellowship program at USC provides the following major strengths:
Fellowship training includes clinical experience through bedside teaching at LAC+USC Medical Center, USC-Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital and the University Hospital, involvement in the design and conduct of clinical trials, a series of multidisciplinary tumor conferences, in-depth fellow discussions and journal clubs, and a series of didactic lectures and conferences.
Objectives of the fellowship program:
The agenda of the Division of Medical Oncology has an emphasis on translational research based on fundamental concepts of molecular biology. This approach has been predicted on knowledge of anticancer drug resistance, increased understanding of the genes associated with familial and sporadic patterns of malignancy, the immunologic basis of tumor response and resistance, and a more precise assessment of the pharmacology of novel anticancer compounds.