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Confused about fellowships?

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Amy B, Jul 13, 2001.

  1. Amy B

    Amy B I miss my son so much Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    Ok, I am confused about what I need to do to become a pediatric oncologist.
    I will have to complete a 3 year residency in pediatrics, but after that where do I learn the onocology part? Every medical school I have talked to says they don't offer a pediatric oncology fellowship. One said "we don't have fellowships we are ...based" I didn't know what he meant and we had to move on. Is there anyone that can explain this to me? Is there any where I can learn what my career choice will entail, how long it will be, cost, salary etc.....?

    I know there is a site you can visit that talks about residency and fellowships but it doesn't answer the questions I have.

    Any help would be appriecated.
    Amy :p
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  3. AJM

    AJM SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    The typical path to Peds Oncology is to do a fellowship in Peds Hematology-Oncology after 3 years of Peds residency. This fellowship is normally 3 years long. It's possible to just do Peds Onc or Peds Heme separately, but each of those would be 2 years of fellowship. I think Peds Heme-Onc specialists are somewhat more desirable due to their increased training.

    The only thing I can tell you about this specialty is that it typically is highly sub-specialized, and the centers that offer fellowship programs are typically the academic programs. Also, most peds heme-onc specialists tend to live in larger cities and are associated with academic medical centers.

    Try this web site for more information:
  4. lilycat

    lilycat Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2000
    ajm gave you great information. If you are still interested in doing peds oncology or heme-onc when residency time rolls around, I would also strongly recommend that you try to do your residency at a medical center that has a heme-onc division -- it really does seem that fellowship programs love to take their own.
  5. Amy B

    Amy B I miss my son so much Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    Hey, Thanks for the help in clearing up some of my questions. I know I have a long time before I have to worry about it. I am an older student with a family so I want to go to a medical school that I can stay in the area after I graduate if at all possible. :cool:
  6. David_Allen_VA

    David_Allen_VA Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2000
    Glen Allen, VA? I used to live just off Staples Mill Road.

    Nice to see someone else from that part of the world here.
  7. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    Good information lilycat. I'll just move this over to MY forum so I can see some action there! :D Onto Rotations and Residencies...

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