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Fellowship Program Information 

Children's Medical Center
2020 Hematology and Oncology Fellows

Our Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Training Program, established in 1983 and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since 1987, accepts three new trainees per year. These trainees are drawn from across North America. Beyond training truly exceptional clinicians, we strive to develop the future leaders in pediatric hematology and oncology. Many of the more than 90 graduates of our program have become national and international leaders in some of the nation’s finest medical centers. The Fellowship Program is currently under the direction of Tanya Watt, M.D.

Current features of our Fellowship Program make the training opportunities better than ever.

  • The Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders sits on the campus of the UT Southwestern Medical Center, which ranks among the top academic medical centers in the world. As a premier educational, clinical, and research institution, trainees have the chance to interact and share a training landscape with nationally known educators, clinicians, and scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences, members of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and investigators with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
  • The UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine provides the opportunity to learn skills and competencies necessary to plan, conduct, and interpret superior clinical and translational research. Past and present fellows have also been selected into the competitive Clinical Scholars Program where there is a possibility of earning a Master of Clinical Science.
  • UT Southwestern offers a number of institutional training grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), and this provides an opportunity for our hematology/oncology fellowship trainees to continue their clinical or laboratory research training beyond the three years mandated by the ACGME.
  • The UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated by the NCI as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, has scientific programs drawing on expertise in Departments of Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, and Clinical Sciences offering tremendously fertile opportunities for fellowship trainees to delve more deeply into mechanisms of disease.


  • First Year Fellows

    First Year

    The first fellowship year is focused almost exclusively on clinical training. Fellows begin with a short orientation block allowing new trainees to familiarize themselves with both the inpatient and outpatient departments. During this time the program hosts a series of introductory lectures on important hematology/oncology topics prior to fellows starting to take call. Fellows rotate for approximately three months each on hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplant services. The new patient rotation is a wonderful opportunity to see newly referred hematology and oncology patients, allowing the fellow to develop differential diagnoses, appropriate workups, and treatment plans. Each fellow will have a month during the first year to explore other disciplines of their choice, including survivorship, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology, and transfusion medicine. See sample block schedule.

    Each fellow has four weeks allotted time for a research elective within the first six months to allow time to plan a research project, and a second research elective for two weeks to finalize outstanding issues before August, when second-year fellows start their research projects.

  • Second & Third Year Fellows

    Second and Third Years

    Second- and third-year fellows will continue to spend two half days weekly in outpatient continuity clinic and take periodic night and weekend call. These two years are focused almost exclusively on research. Fellows deciding to do clinical research are expected to audit classes in the NIH-funded Clinical Science Training Curriculum at UT Southwestern. Fellows doing basic science are encouraged to audit classes offered through this program as necessary for their project development and completion. All fellows are assigned a Scholarship Oversight Committee. To help fellows match their clinical and research efforts, the continuity clinic during these two years is tailored, to allow fellows in gaining more experience with managing patients in their desired niche (hemostasis/thrombosis, bone marrow transplant, etc).

  • Clinical Experience

    Clinical Experience

    Clinical experience in all areas of pediatric hematology-oncology is ensured by having a large patient population. The outpatient clinic at the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, formerly known as the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, is the largest medical specialty clinic at Children’s Health and is second only to orthopaedic surgery in the number of annual visits (15,000 per year). Growth in new patient referral has been sustained with greater than 300 new oncology patients, 500 new benign hematology patients, 700 active sickle cell patients, and 250 active hemophilia patients. Subspecialty programs have been developed in thrombosis, ITP, chronic transfusion, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, bone marrow failure syndromes, acute leukemia, neuro-oncology, orthopaedic oncology, neurofibromatosis, cancer survivorship, and neuroblastoma. This has allowed disease specific groups to establish standards and oversee critical components of care and has allowed development of research in a wide variety of areas.

  • Core Curriculum

    Core Curriculum

    The Department of Pediatrics has established a curriculum and program that provides a forum for fellows to share research ideas with each other and develop both clinical and academic collaborations. The core curriculum outlined in the American Board of Pediatrics Guidelines for Subspecialty Training is provided by:

    • The Departmental fellows’ lecture series
    • The Division’s fellowship program lecture series
    • Support to attend institutional and national courses, seminars, and scientific meetings

    The disease-specific curriculum also outlined by the ACGME and ABP are incorporated into the teaching syllabus, and clinical exposure is provided by the Fellowship Program.

    Sample Conference Schedule

  • Evaluation


    First-year fellows are evaluated after each inpatient rotation by the faculty with whom they work. Every six months the Fellowship Program Director has a meeting with each fellow to review progress and any challenges to provide feedback for continued success and growth. A similar mechanism is in place for second- and third-year fellows, and the latter also receive regular feedback from their clinical or laboratory research mentors. Fellows are evaluated by 360-degree evaluations, parent evaluations, and evaluations of presentations. At the end of each academic year the fellows will have the opportunity to evaluate the pediatric hematology/oncology faculty and the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program through a process that maintains confidentiality.

  • Night and Weekend Call

    Night and Weekend Call

    First-year fellows take one to two nights of call each week. Night call is less frequent during the week for second- and third-year fellows. All fellows share weekend and holiday call. Weekend and night calls are supported by advanced practice providers who answer the majority of outside parent calls, allowing the fellow to focus on inpatients, patients in the ED, and new diagnoses.

Contact Us

Tanya Watt, M.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

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Cammille Woods

Supervisor, Education Programs

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