Aspiring pediatric oncologists need to earn a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and then complete a residency before finding a fellowship program. There are many medical schools in the United States that can provide the necessary education for these professionals.
Top 10 Medical Schools
As of 2019, these are the top ten medical schools in the country, according to the rankings released by U.S. News & World Report:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition (2019-2020)*|
|Harvard University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private||$61,600|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, Private||$58,197|
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Private||$53,400|
|University of California - San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||4-year, Public||$34,977 in-state, $47,222 out-of-state|
|University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||$57,884|
|Washington University in St. Louis||St. Louis, MO||4-year, Private||$65,044|
|Columbia University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||$61,146|
|University of California- Los Angeles (Geffen)||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Public||$35,187 in-state, $47,432 out-of-state|
|Cornell University (Weill)||New York, NY||4-year, Private||$57,050|
|Mayo Clinic School of Medicine (Alix)||Rochester, MN||4-year, Private||$55,500|
Source: *U.S. News & World Report
School Selection Criteria
Students choosing a medical school with a pediatric oncology program may consider the following:
- Students should consider the academic opportunities that the school offers specifically in the sub-specialty of pediatric oncology.
- Programs that provide a wide variety of research opportunities and a supportive scientific community may benefit aspiring pediatric fellows who want to pursue careers in academic medicine.
- Students who want to work as clinicians after their fellowship can look for one of the many programs that require clinical rotations or trials.
- Students should consider whether medical schools offer financial benefits, such as loan forgiveness, health insurance and paid assistance.
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellowship
Pediatric oncology fellows usually spend their first year focused on clinical training, and they spend the remainder of the program completing a research project and fulfilling other requirements, including instructing residents and medical students. Didactic training is also included in the form of conferences, seminars, journal clubs and discussion groups.
For students who want to become pediatric oncologists, it is important to find a medical school that provides a strong academic program with a wide variety of academic opportunities. After a residency, they can also benefit from the training provided within fellowship programs.