Hematology and Oncology Fellowship
Thank you for your interest in the Maine Medical Center Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship. Our three-year fellowship program received accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in April of 2022, and we are excited to begin enrolling our inaugural fellowship class that will matriculate in July of 2023. Our principal training sites will be:
- MaineHealth Cancer Care - outpatient clinic in South Portland, ME
- Maine Medical Center - inpatient hematology and oncology services in Portland, ME
- Massachusetts General Hospital - required, one-month rotation in stem cell transplantation and cellular therapies in Boston, MA
Fellows will also rotate through multidisciplinary clinics (thoracic oncology; head and neck oncology) as well as palliative care, radiation oncology, blood bank and pathology. The fellowship will include dedicated time for research, as well as a grant writing course and intensive research immersion during the second year. The three-year fellowship will enroll two fellows per year (6 total), and all fellows will be required to complete training to be dual-certified and board-eligible in hematology and medical oncology.
Mission Statement and Program Objectives
Our mission is to educate and train fellows to become professional, compassionate, curious and independent clinicians with competence in the interpretation of medical evidence, communication skills, and the appropriate diagnostic work-up and team-based management of patients with various malignancies and benign hematologic conditions. Given the social and demographic realities of the community we serve, the training will address the unique challenges in the care of patients from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, rural settings and geriatric populations, while working to research and innovate the hematology-oncology care delivered to these populations.
Our fellowship objectives:
- Graduates will be competent clinicians with the ability to independently diagnose and manage hematologic and malignant conditions.
- Graduates will be trained to serve as community-based hematologists/oncologists with sub-specialty expertise.
- Graduates will receive dedicated training in the care of a geriatric and rural population, reflecting the unique demographics of our state.
- Didactics will emphasize evidence-based decision making, critical reviews of the literature, and team-based and inter-professional approaches to cancer care.
- Graduates will be competent in the performance of essential procedures such as bone marrow aspiration/biopsy, reviewing peripheral blood smears, and administering intra-thecal chemotherapy.
- Fellows will work to innovate the care delivery they participate in through quality improvement projects and mentored research with the goal of sharing their work to the medical community at large.
- Fellows will develop expertise in the palliative approach to patients and end of life care.
- Fellows will participate in the education of residents and medical students.
- Fellows will develop an understanding of grant writing, clinical research and will actively engage in the care of patients enrolled on clinical trials