Colleges with Pediatric Oncology Programs

Nov 15, 2019

Pediatric Oncologist Colleges

Becoming a pediatric oncologist requires completion of a three-year fellowship program in pediatric hematology-oncology, following completion of a medical degree. The following universities are among the top-rated medical schools in the U.S. that offer clinical and research training in this field.

Stanford University

Stanford University partnered with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to offer a fellowship program in pediatric hematology/oncology/stem cell transplantation. The program requires one year of clinical training, two years of research, and participation in educational conferences. Offering one of the best pediatric residency programs in the country, Stanford also provides a resident rotation in the pediatric hematology/oncology division.

Duke University

Duke University Medical Center's pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship program provides training in clinical work and laboratory research, exposing fellows to medical cases in oncology, neuro-oncology, pediatric hematology, and bone marrow transplantation. Fellows will also conduct mini-rotations in other inpatient services such as radiation oncology and hematopathology. Apart from research work, fellows in their second and third years are expected to participate in daily clinical conferences.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University, one of the best pediatric oncology schools in the U.S., works with the National Cancer Institute to offer a joint fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology. The program consists of 11 months of clinical activities and two years dedicated to research. Fellows can choose to stay for a fourth year of additional research and clinical training in a sub-specialization such as neuro-oncology or bone marrow transplant. For its pediatric residency curriculum, the school provides two months of rotation in hematology and oncology.

Washington University in St. Louis

Pediatricians who aim to advance their careers can consider the fellowship program in pediatric hematology and oncology at Washington University in St. Louis. The program consists of a year-long clinical rotation through inpatient services and laboratories, and two years of original research work in either laboratory research or clinical investigation. The school also offers a four-year fellowship in translational research and clinical trials, which combines the pediatric hematology-oncology curriculum with training in clinical trials for new therapeutic agents. Inpatient rotation in oncology and hematology is also included in the university's pediatric residency program.

University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati's three-year hematology-oncology fellowship program consists of 18 months of clinical rotations and 18 months of individualized training that focuses on either research or clinical practice. In the second phase of the program, fellows have the option of earning a certificate in clinical and translational research. Fellows in the research track can also gain experience in clinical trials and experimental therapeutics through the university's cancer institute and drug development program. Meanwhile, residents in the pediatric residency program spend a month-long rotation in the hematology-oncology service.

University of California, San Francisco

The University of California, San Francisco offers a fellowship program in pediatric hematology-oncology with a faculty roster that specializes in leukemia, brain tumors, lymphoma, and other childhood cancers. The pediatrics division runs a phase 1 clinical trials program that serves as a training opportunity for fellows. Recognized as one of the best pediatric residency programs among public universities, UCSF's program includes a three-month inpatient rotation in the hematology-oncology and bone marrow transplant ward.

University of Pittsburgh

The three-year pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship program at the University of Pittsburgh provides a year-long clinical training with rotations in neuro-oncology/radiation oncology, cytogenetics, hematopathology, bone marrow transplantation, and various specialty clinics. For the second and third years, fellows will complete a clinical or laboratory research project that concludes with the publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as presentation of results in national or international conferences. Fellows who want to pursue clinical research can work with the university's Institute of Clinical Research Education while those on the basic research track can train at the Hillman Cancer Center.

University of Colorado

The University of Colorado's pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship program includes clinical training with rotations in bone marrow transplantation, inpatient oncology, inpatient hematology/consult, and outpatient clinic. For the research part of the program, fellows can choose to pursue either clinical or laboratory research. Earning a master's degree in clinical science is an option for those in the clinical research track. The university's pediatric residency program also offers an elective subspecialty in hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplantation.

School Name Location Institution Type
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, private not-for-profit
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, private not-for-profit
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, private not-for-profit
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 4-year, private not-for-profit
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 4-year, public
University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, public
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, public
University of Colorado Denver, CO 4-year, public
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