Medical Student & Resident Education
The Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology provides educational opportunities for medical students and pediatric residents, in addition to our fully accredited fellowship program. Our goal is to impart knowledge, instill excitement for learning, and translate questions into focused areas of research.
The Division has taken a major role in the education of medical students at UT Southwestern.
Third-Year Medical Students
During their third year, medical students from UT Southwestern spend eight weeks at Children's Health℠ Children's Medical Center Dallas learning pediatrics. Approximately one-fourth of these students will spend two weeks on the Inpatient Hematology/Oncology Service. During this time, the students learn about and participate in the care of children with a wide range of hematologic and oncologic disorders, including sickle cell disease, hemophilia, aplastic anemia, leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, bone tumors, and other childhood cancers.
Fourth-Year Medical Students
Fourth-year medical students have the option to participate in a four-week elective in the outpatient hematology/oncology clinics and the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, at Children's. During this elective, the students see children with cancer and blood disorders, as well as children who are referred to the Gill Center for further evaluation. This outpatient rotation allows the students to see these children in a more relaxed, "normal" setting than is possible in the inpatient area, where our children are often more acutely ill. With prior approval, this elective is also available for a limited number of fourth-year students from other medical schools.
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology is one of the core subspecialties for pediatric residents at UT Southwestern. All PL-1s spend four weeks covering the Inpatient Hematology/Oncology Service at Children’s. Each month a PL-2 or PL-3 supervising resident and two or three PL-1s are assigned to the service.
The month spent on the rotation can be a tough time for residents, as they learn to take care of often very complicated and sick patients, some of whom may be dying. In retrospect, residents look back on this time as a very rewarding experience.
Division faculty are consistently praised by the residents for their devotion to education. With the institution of a "night-float" system, a new educational curriculum for the residents is being implemented. Over the course of the four-week rotation, several afternoons each week provide enhanced learning opportunities which may include lectures, pathology review, and bedside teaching, among others. The curriculum covers most, if not all, of the American Board of Pediatrics Content Specifications for "Disorders of the Blood and Neoplastic Disorders."
Pediatric residents may also elect to spend a month in the outpatient clinic at the Gill Center during their second or third year. This month allows the residents to learn about, and help care for, children with a wide range of hematologic or oncologic conditions to which they may never be exposed in the inpatient setting. Over the course of the month, the residents spend time in a number of clinics – general hematology, hemophilia, thrombosis, general oncology, neuro-oncology, and stem cell transplantation. They are also invited to attend the many educational programs offered by the Division, including weekly hemostasis and sickle cell team meetings, a weekly research seminar, and tumor board.