Fellowship Program

Program Requirements

Fellows in the Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplantation Program will spend the majority of the first year immersed in clinical activities with a number of other activities to introduce them to the concept of research in the field.  The second and third years of the fellowship are primarily dedicated to research, with limited clinical responsibilities.

First Year Fellow Responsibilities:

During the first year of fellowship, fellows will divide their time into 13 four-week blocks:

  • Inpatient Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplantation:  4 blocks
  • Hematology Consult:  3 blocks
  • Stem Cell Transplantation:  2 blocks
  • Oncology Consult:  2 blocks
  • Lab & Transfusion Medicine/Hematopathology: 1 block
  • Neuro-Oncology Consult: 1 block


During the year, fellows receive four weeks of vacation, taken one week at a time during the outpatient months.

Second and Third Year Fellow Responsibilities:

Our program is committed to providing protected time for research.  All fellows are required to identify a research laboratory and project.  Our division faculty will be able to assist the fellow in identifying a suitable research project.

Second and third year fellows will continue to participate in the clinical activities of the program in a limited way. During the second year of training, this includes night/weekend call coverage and one clinic day per week.  During the third year of training, this includes at least two weeks of “pre-attending” (under faculty supervision) on the in-patient as well as one to two weeks in hematology, oncology, and/or stem cell transplantation consult blocks, depending on their clinical interests.

Continuity Clinic

During their first year of training, fellows are expected to have one primary clinic day per week during which they will see their primary patients. A panel of oncology, neuro-oncology, and hematology patients for longitudinal follow-up throughout their fellowship. It is expected that fellows will gain experience and expertise in managing a wide range of benign and malignant childhood diseases. They will also gain experience in the background scientific rationale, risks, benefits, side-effects, and long-term effects of a variety of Phase 1, 2, & 3 therapeutic protocols. Trainees will also gain experience in retrieval strategies for relapsed patients. Fellows will also gain experience with palliative and end of life care as they follow their patients through their disease trajectory.

Second and third year fellows will also continue to attend their continuity clinic one day a week.

Educational Conferences:

Fellows have the opportunity and are expected to participate in meetings and conferences including the following:

  • Educational Series/Board Review
  • Pediatric Tumor Board
  • Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board
  • Journal Club Meeting
  • Faculty Research Conference
  • Daily Didactic Lecture
  • Bereavement Rounds
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conference
  • In-Patient Rounds


In-Service Training Exam:

All fellows (years 1, 2, and 3) are expected to take the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology In-Service Training Examination annually so faculty can assess and adjust the curriculum based upon their performance.  The division will pay for the cost of this examination.  Trainees will be excused from their clinical/research responsibilities so that they may attend the examination.



Gretchen Shawver
Fellowship Administrator

750 Welch Road, Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304
(650) 723-5535

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