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Program Director: Steven Cohen, MD
The Department of Medical Oncology offers a three year fellowship for internists who have completed an approved residency program. The fellowship combines the resources of Temple University Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center. This combined hematology/oncology fellowship is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Each year up to six new trainees are accepted into the Program.
The First Two Years
The emphasis of the first two years is on clinical training. One year is spent at Fox Chase Cancer Center. During this year, the fellows are exposed to all aspects of medical oncology care. Fellows longitudinally follow their own patients in continuity clinics over the course of the year. Each fellow has separate clinics where they take care of breast cancer patients, lung cancer patients and GI cancer patients, respectively, under the tutelage of attendings who are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise. There is a fourth half day of clinic consisting of one of the following: malignant hematology, sarcoma, genitourinary, head and neck or gynecologic malignant diseases. Many of these disease-oriented clinics are multimodality in conjunction with surgical and/or radiation oncology services. There is an emphasis on exposure to the design and conduct of clinical research protocols. There are numerous inter-disciplinary conferences and journal clubs in all of the above named disease sites as well as courses in biostatistics and basic science. There are rotations in supportive oncology where fellows are exposed to pain management and end-of-life issues which are integral components of cancer care. Fellows also rotate through the family risk assessment and genetic counseling program. Elective opportunities in radiation, surgical oncology and pathology are available.
The other clinical year occurs at Temple University Hospital. At this location, fellows will have exposure to all aspects of hematology, both benign and malignant. Temple University is a recognized leader in the field of coagulation research. A general oncology experience is also provided. Fellows also rotate through the bone marrow transplant service. This unit performs marrow, peripheral blood stem cell, auto- and allogeneic transplants as well as matched unrelated donor and mismatched allogeneic transplants. Exposure to new technology such as non-myeloablative allogeneic transplants also is provided. There are full-time faculty members dedicated to the transplant program.
The Third Year
The third year of the fellowship training is dedicated to research. This research could take the form of basic science bench research or as intensive training in the conduct of clinical research. Senior fellows can become part of a disease oriented working group and develop a high level of expertise during this year in a particular area. Additional years of research training are available on an individual basis.
There also is a track for those fellows interested in establishing a laboratory-based academic research career. Fellows would do one year of clinical rotations and then concentrate on their laboratory research with only one-half day per week of clinic. These fellows would only be board eligible in one subspecialty, e.g., Medical Oncology.
- Be eligible for Pennsylvania medical license
- Have completed an approved internal medicine residency in the United States or Canada.
Interviews will be conducted in late summer and fall of each academic year.
Contact and Address
Program Director: Steven Cohen, MD
Fellowship Coordinator: Barbara Dalglish
Department of Medical Oncology
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497
Apply for the Temple University Hospital/Fox Chase Cancer Center Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at
Our fellowship program will also participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Fellowship Match in 2013 for fellowships starting 7/1/14. Below are the required documents.
- ERAS Common application form
- Current curriculum vitae
- Personal statement
- Minimum of three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from the residency department chairman or program director
- USMLE transcript
- H1B and J1 visas are accepted provided it covers the period of your fellowship training
- There are six positions open
- Research experience is not a requirement but will strengthen your application
- The program provides both clinical and laboratory research
Applications that become complete after August 15, 2013 may not receive full consideration. Interviews will start in August 2013.