Subspecialty Training: Hematology-Oncology
Teresa Hayes, M.D., Ph.D.
Martha Mims, M.D., Ph.D.
Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Coordinator
1709 Dryden Road
Houston, TX 77030
Teresa Hayes, M.D., Ph.D.
Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program
VA 111H, 2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Apply to the Fellowship Program
via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System); ACGME ID 1554821146
Approximately six hematology-oncology fellows are accepted each year. There are a total of 18 to 20 fellows in the program. Fellowship candidates must have completed internal medicine residency in the USA with a record of excellence. Fellows must have passed the USMLE examinations and must be board eligible for the American Board of Internal Medicine. Our program is highly competitive, and candidates with excellent performance and strong letters of recommendation are invited to interview. We accept U.S. Citizens, green card holders, and candidates with J1 visas. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept candidates holding H1 visas.
Fellows must submit their exam scores and three letters of recommendation, including one from their program director. Applicants may apply to the program from July 1 through Sept. 30 for a start date of July 1 the following year. Interviews are held August through October of the year before starting fellowship. If invited to interview, candidates will meet with approximately three faculty members.
The training program includes an extensive clinical experience. Fellows rotate through public and private hospitals, including Ben Taub Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and The Methodist Hospital. The program provides intensive exposure to the breadth of hematology and oncology topics, including virtually every type of solid tumor, the spectrum of anemias, coagulation and thrombotic diatheses, malignant hematology, pain management, and supportive care. All fellows participate in several outpatient clinics and are assigned their own continuity clinic at one of the public hospitals for the duration of their training.
The program includes both inpatient care and consultation. Formal teaching rounds are held daily at each hospital. Numerous teaching conferences are held, including weekly journal clubs and an oncology lecture series for fellows. Fellows attend and often lead one to two tumor boards each week at their respective hospitals. Fellows are also encouraged to spend at least six months doing basic or clinical research.
The first year of training consists of rotations on the clinical services of Ben Taub Hospital/Harris Health System, The Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Bone marrow transplant experience is provided and required, mainly at The Methodist Hospital. The second and third years of training are flexible and geared toward the interests of the trainee. Additional clinical rotations at our core hospitals are available, as well as electives in blood banking, pathology, and radiation therapy. Many fellows avail themselves of elective rotations at nearby MD Anderson Cancer Center.
There are a variety of research opportunities in both basic science and clinical research. Basic research in oncology is focused on the molecular biology of breast cancer, stem cell and gene therapy, and the biology of cancer metastases. In hematology, there are ongoing projects in red cell membrane biology, sickle cell anemia, erythropoietin action, von Willebrand factor, and thrombotic microangiopathies. The Baylor Breast Center has one of the most active programs in breast cancer biology in the country. Our bone marrow transplant faculty have interests in gene therapy and transplantation in immunologic disorders. Outside of the section, there are many other opportunities to collaborate with basic and clinical faculty in areas such as molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology, and many others.
Fellows may also do research in other basic science laboratories at Baylor and are encouraged to participate in clinical protocols that are being conducted in the section. Fellows have the opportunity to design and write their own protocol, as well as to follow it to completion during their fellowship years.