Curriculum Tracks - Overview
The Stanford hematology and oncology fellowship program offer a flexible training environment. Fellows have the opportunity to either single-board in hematology or oncology, or double-board in hematology/oncology. There are two tracks within the fellowship – the “Traditional Research” and “Pathway” tracks. The tracks represent separate programs in the NRMP Match – interviewed applicants are able to rank one or both tracks if they desire.
The Traditional Research track offers seven positions per year. Fellows have the opportunity to single-board or double-board. The clinical rotations are completed during the beginning of the fellowship, so that the remainder of the fellowship can focus purely on research. During the clinical years, fellows are appointed by the Stanford Health Care Office of Graduate Medical Education. Fellows are then re-appointed during the research years as post-doctoral fellows within the Stanford University School of Medicine. This allows for fellows to apply for young investigator, career development, and other grant awards. The Traditional Research track provides considerable flexibility.
The Pathway track offers two positions per year. This track is intended for fellows interested in academic careers in clinical research, quality, or medical education. Fellows in the Pathway track must double-board, and as they are appointed by the Stanford Health Care Office of Graduate Medical Education throughout the entire fellowship, they are not eligible to apply for grant funding. Fellows on the Pathway track may not work in a lab during the research years.
Despite subtle differences between the Traditional Research and Pathway tracks, the training environment is otherwise identical. All fellows receive the same salary regardless of where they are appointed. One key exception is healthcare coverage - Stanford Health Care and the School of Medicine are separate entities with different healthcare plans on offer, so being appointed by the Office of Graduate Medical Education or as a post-doctoral fellow will affect your healthcare coverage options.