Education

Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Hematology-Oncology fellowship program at UCSF is committed to the unique, individual career plans and training needs of each trainee. We strive to create an exciting, dynamic training program for each fellow.The program takes full advantage of the diversity of San Francisco’s community and combines this rich patient population with the extraordinary clinical, educational, and research resources of the University of California. The result is a unique and exceptional training program that reads our graduates for a significant contribution to the health of children.

At the end of the training years, each fellow will be board eligible and have developed the skills necessary to take excellent, compassionate care of children with malignancies or diseases of the blood and blood forming organs. In addition, each fellow will have a solid foundation in basic and/or clinical research that will enable him/her to make significant contributions to the field of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

Trainees can draw on the expertise of world-renowned investigators within the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and in other UCSF departments and research units. Applicants are encouraged to access the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program website or the UCSF Cancer Center site to explore the breath and depth of this strong institutional commitment to basic and translational investigation in human diseases.

Pediatric Cancer Developmental Therapeutics Training Opportunities: The UCSF Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology has an active phase 1 clinical trials program. Fellows are encouraged to participate in phase 1 clinics throughout their fellowship. Fellows with a dedicated interest in early phase clinical trials have the opportunity to focus their research training years on developmental therapeutics. This training program includes clinical pharmacology coursework, advanced topics in clinical and translational research, development of a clinical trial protocol, and participation in national consortia.

The overall goal of our program is to prepare our fellows to be knowledgeable, compassionate, and competent in the care of children with malignancies or diseases of the blood and blood forming organs. A meaningful accomplishment in research, either clinical or laboratory, is a required part of the fellowship experience in order to encourage later contributions to the advancement of the field, whether the fellow pursues a career in an academic medical center or in clinical practice. Evidence of intellectual independence in carrying out the research project selected is a requirement, as detailed in the subspecialty board requirements.