Our fellows have many opportunities to learn and perform procedures that are involved in the care of our hematology oncology patients. During their outpatient clinic month they participate in procedures daily. Starting after their outpatient clinic rotation fellows will are assigned to clinic procedures monthly to continue to hone their skills through their fellowship. In addition, fellows perform procedures on their primary patients when needed in coordination with other sedated procedures.
The night and weekend calls are split mainly between the first and second year fellows, with each fellow taking one weeknight call per week, and one weekend call per month. Fellows always have an attending back-up scheduled with them, who is always available for any questions or assistance. The third year fellows have only a few calls to protect their research time.
We strive to provide our fellows with timely, continuous feedback through many different channels. The attending on service sits down for one-on-one feedback sessions with the fellow through their inpatient rotations to provide informal feedback. Each attending completes an evaluation of the fellow with whom they have worked on service, which helps to guide our twice yearly milestone evaluations. Each fellow has a formal evaluation meeting with the fellowship program directors twice a year to review these written evaluations. The first year fellows also go through a 360 degree evaluation process, in which they perform a self-assessment, and receive feedback from not only faculty, but also nursing staff, case managers, patients and families. We also frequently elicit fellow feedback on the fellowship program to make changes and improvements to optimize each fellows’ experience. We offer a feedback training program for pediatric fellows, run by Dr. Jennifer Yu, in which fellows can learn and practice methods to give and receive feedback.