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<ul><li> 1. Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program </li> <li> 2. Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital Le Bonheur Childrens Medical Center University of Tennessee, Memphis, College of Medicine Program Director: Jeffrey E. Rubnitz, MD, PhD Associate Director: Russell E. Ware, MD, PhD Associate Director: Stephen X. Skapek, MD Chair, Department of Hematology-Oncology: Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD Chair, Department of Pediatrics: Russell W. Chesney, MD Contents Our Mission .................................................................................................................. 2 The Hospital .................................................................................................................. 3 Memphis ....................................................................................................................... 4 Fellowship Program Goals and Objectives ................................................................... 5 Physician-Scientist Training Program........................................................................... 5 Clinical Investigator Training Program ......................................................................... 6 Application Process and Selection of Fellows .............................................................. 6 The Subspecialty Training Experience ......................................................................... 7 Educational Meetings.................................................................................................. 11 Evaluations .................................................................................................................. 14 Research Programs...................................................................................................... 15 Department of Hematology-Oncology Faculty .......................................................... 18 </li> <li> 3. Our Mission To nd cures for children with catastrophic illnesses through research and treatment St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care to children with catastrophic illnessesprimarily pediatric cancerand to nding cures for those diseases. The institution is committed to research that seeks to understand the molecular causes of disease, to improve diagnosis and treatment, and to minimize the immediate and long-term side effects of therapy. Clinical and basic science investigators work together in the same setting at which children benet from their research. Clinicians work closely with laboratory-based researchers to translate scientic discoveries into improved therapies. We also recognize the devastating nancial, emotional, and psychological effects of catastrophic disease on the family of a stricken child, and we are committed to providing support services to the families of our children, regardless of their ability to pay for treatment or services. Funds generated by the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC) provide the vital foundation that buttresses ongoing activities in patient care, research, and training within our hospital and, at the same time, enable active partnerships with afliates, both in the United States and through our International Outreach Program. The success of future biomedical research depends on the availability of well-trained young investigators. St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital is dedicated to nurturing and supporting these clinicians and scientists. The education and training programs at St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital reect the institutions commitment to excellence. 2 </li> <li> 4. The Hospital St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, a man of boundless energy and optimism, who was driven by the conviction that no child should die in the dawn of life. He dreamed of a haven where sick children could nd treatment, regardless of their race, religion, nationality, or ability to pay. He envisioned a place where the top scientists in the world could work together with superb clinicians to nd cures for potentially fatal diseases of childhood. That dream became a reality when this non-denominational hospital, named for St. Jude Thaddeusthe patron saint of hopeless causesopened its doors in 1962. Since then, the institution has become an international resource for the study and treatment of catastrophic childhood diseases. St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital is supported by the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Support Grant directed solely toward pediatrics. It is the largest hospital in the United States dedicated to pediatric cancer and hematologic diseases, accepting approximately 350 new cancer patients each year. St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital also has the largest pediatric bone marrow transplant program in the world, currently performing nearly 200 transplants annually. St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital offers a rich intellectual environment for education and training. Fellows have the opportunity to work with world-renowned senior faculty members, including Peter C. Doherty, PhD, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine and member of the National Academy of Sciences; Robert G. Webster, PhD, member of the National Academy of Sciences; Charles J. Sherr, MD, PhD, member of the National Academy of Sciences and recipient of the Landon-AACR Prize for Cancer Research and the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Mott Prize; James N. Ihle, PhD, who, like Sherr, is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator; St. Jude Director William E. Evans, PharmD, recently 3 </li> <li> 5. elected to the Institute of Medicine; former St. Jude Director Arthur W. Nienhuis, MD, member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Cancer Advisory Board; Hematology-Oncology Chair Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, Board of Directors, American Association of Cancer Research; Developmental Neurobiology Chair Tom Curran, PhD, Former President of the American Association of Cancer Research; Ching-Hon Pui, MD, American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor; and Pathology Chair James R. Downing, MD, member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation. At St. Jude, fellows are encouraged to attend regularly scheduled seminars, workshops, journal clubs, and lectures given by faculty members and by internationally known invited speakers. This rich academic environment is complemented by state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and research support services. Memphis Situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee, is the metropolitan hub of a ve-state region known as the Mid-South. Home to nearly a million residents, the greater Memphis area offers something for everyone. Memphians enjoy a relatively low cost of living, a temperate climate, four distinct seasons and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. Memphis is also home to one of the largest medical centers in the United States. The city is called the home of the blues, birthplace of RocknRoll, and is truly a music lovers Mecca. From the legendary Sun Studio where Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, Rufus Thomas, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash recorded, to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music where Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, and Isaac Hayes made music history, to the pulsating night life of blues clubs on historic Beale street, the Memphis beat never sleeps. Local symphony orchestra, ballet, live theatre performances, several museums, more than 150 diverse festivals, and special events are available to those seeking cultural 4 </li> <li> 6. activities. Nature lovers enjoy hiking, biking, hunting, shing and boating at a variety of lakes, parks and nature preserves in and around the Memphis area. The city hosts major sporting events, including the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the Kroger St. Jude Tennis Tournament, and the St. Jude Memphis Marathon. Memphis is also the home of the Pacic Coast AAA Memphis Redbirds and the NBA Memphis Grizzlies. Fellowship Program Goals and Objectives St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital provides a comprehensive program for training subspecialty fellows in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. The program is certied by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and leads to subspecialty certication. The training program is an integrated part of the University of Tennessee, Memphis, Pediatric Residency Program (Program 3274731034). The goal of the program is to train the future leaders in academic pediatric hematology- oncology in the United States. Upon successful completion of our training program, fellows will have a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of pediatric hematologic and oncologic disorders, will be competent in the clinical diagnosis and management of these disorders, will understand clinical trials methodology, and will have competence in a selected research interest. Our program seeks to nurture and develop laboratory researchers and clinical investigators. Physician-Scientist Training Program We have devoted special resources to a training program for physicians seeking careers in laboratory-based academic pediatric hematology-oncology. As an internationally recognized research center, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital is in 5 </li> <li> 7. an ideal position to provide training in molecular medicine, particularly as it relates to cancer and blood disorders. Our ultimate goal is to enable qualied physicians to become independent investigators at major academic institutions. After completing a one-year clinical training period in hematology and oncology, successful applicants for the laboratory research track will receive support for three years of laboratory research training at St. Jude, the minimum time needed to prepare researchers for productive careers in academic medicine. St. Jude is in a unique position to offer special resources for laboratory training for the entire fellowship period and for extended periods of laboratory research time if required. Because the training period may exceed the three-year requirement for subspecialty board certication in pediatric hematology-oncology, St. Jude provides generous stipends to qualied applicants, depending on their prior training and experience. This program should therefore provide the nancial security and protected time needed to develop superior research skills and a comprehensive conceptual background in the molecular aspects of hematology-oncology. Clinical Investigator Training Program In addition to the laboratory-based research track, we offer a clinical research track for fellows interested in careers as clinical investigators. Formal training in clinical research can be obtained through early involvement in several ongoing clinical trials within the institution. Fellows may participate in the development of new institutional protocols and may conduct retrospective hypothesis-driven studies. In addition, fellows interested in pursing advanced degrees in clinical research or epidemiology can do so through our partnership with the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center Application Process and Selection of Fellows St. Jude participates in the National Residency Matching Program and accepts six fellows each year for training in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Prospective fellows are encouraged to apply early in their second year of pediatric residency. The Fellowship 6 </li> <li> 8. Director, with the aid of the departmental Fellowship Committee, selects the applicants who will be offered interviews. St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital pays the costs of the interview, including lodging and travel. The following criteria must be met for acceptance into the training program: 1. Successful completion of an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency program. 2. A commitment to pursue a career in academic pediatric hematology-oncology. 3. Excellence in the clinical care of children. 4. Proven research ability or the strong potential for success in clinical or laboratory research. Acceptance is granted on the basis of the applicants potential to become a successful academic subspecialist. The Subspecialty Training Experience Overview of training ACGME-accredited subspecialty training in pediatric hematology-oncology requires a minimum of three years. The rst year of training provides comprehensive clinical training in hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplantation, with initial exposure to ongoing clinical investigations and research methods. All inpatient rotations involve teams that include an attending faculty member, one rst-year fellow, one or two pediatrics or medicine-pediatrics residents, medical students, one or more nurse practitioners or physician assistants, a social worker, a pharmacist, and a nutritionist. All admitted patients are treated by these care teams. The fellow learns to function as a member of this multidisciplinary team and to call on the skills and experience of team members. Two or more subsequent years are devoted to active, dir...</li></ul>