The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Michigan prides itself on having an interactive, responsive program that incorporates fellow’s comments and concerns into the training program. We also include trainees in the decision making processes that govern the operations of our training program.
Below is a list of recent programs that have had direct trainee involvement.
Quality Improvement Projects
Our fellows recently completed an investigational project to improve the vaccination rates for influenza in our cancer patients. The results of this cohort study have been compiled and a manuscript is in preparation. Other programs involved with improving patient care, including documentation of advanced directives and letters to referring providers have also been conducted.
Monthly Journal Club
The focus of the journal club is to review the medical literature with a specific didactic emphasis on trial design, biostatistics, screening studies, and biomarkers in oncology. We encourage the utilization of the McMaster criteria to critically assess the literature together with the assistance of biostatisticians that attend this conference. Fellows and faculty alike find these sessions interactive and helpful for developing the skills needed to critically review medical literature.
Continuity Clinic Experiences
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires a continuity clinic experience. We have elected to have the continuity experience paired with individual faculty members for six-month blocks. Due to feedback from fellows, we have enhanced this experience by ensuring that the second and third year fellows take a more primary role as the continuity physician for their patients, including individualized clinic templates and patient directed communication directly from patients.
Board Review Books
To date, we have published two board review books as a fellowship program.
Comprehensive Review of Pharmacology of Hematology and Oncology Therapeutic Agents
Together with our clinical pharmacists, we have developed a comprehensive review course of the current drugs and agents used to treat hematologic and oncologic disorders. This course is presented annually by our pharmacists. We are in the process of writing a Comprehensive Pharmacology Manual that will cover all agents discussed.