Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Overview

Environment

The fellowship program at Stony Brook covers Hematology and Oncology. It includes training at both University Hospital and the VA Medical Center at Northport. The 504-bed University Hospital provides a broad spectrum of comprehensive medical services to the residents of Long Island. It is the only tertiary-care hospital in Suffolk County, serving more than 1 million people. The acute-care beds include a 30-bed hematology/oncology service and a recently developed bone marrow transplant unit, which uses both peripheral stem cell and bone marrow harvesting protocols. A hematopoiesis laboratory is accredited and fully functional. The VA Medical Center is a major primary- and secondary-care facility, and is a VA-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. It serves one of the largest veterans' populations in the country.

The University Medical Center is a training center--at last count--for 366 residents in 43 residency programs; 87 clinical fellows in 25 fellowship programs; and some 2000 students, both undergraduate and graduate, enrolled in the Health Sciences Center's five Schools: Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Welfare. The Cancer Institute of Long Island is a regional clinical and research network, involving the University's affiliated research institutions of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


Program

Hematology and Medical Oncology are Divisions of the Dept of Medicine at Stony Brook. With 15 full-time faculty, the divisions offer a well-balanced fellowship program with major emphases in both clinical and laboratory research. Fellowship rotations include both clinical and research aspects of hematology/oncology. All fellows participate in two outpatient continuity clinics per week to enhance their training experience. The University Medical Center's active involvement in clinical protocols, through the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, also provides fellows with opportunities to gain experience in clinical trials. A expansion in clinical and research faculty is anticipated with the growth of the Cancer Institute of Long Island.

Typical Program

  • 2 months: Inpatient service, University Hospital, combined Hematology and Oncology

  • 2-4 months: Consultative service, VA Medical Center and University Hospital

  • 4-8 months: Research, electives, vacation. Research and electives are tailored to meet fellows' individual goals.

The distribution varies by year (first year: 8-10 clinical months, second and third year: 4 clinical months).