Fellows are exposed to a broad range of both benign and malignant pediatric and adult hematopathology as well as the ancillary diagnostic testing in the diagnosis of those disorders.
All rotations occur in the Department of Pathology & Immunology and the Clinical Laboratories therein. Rotations include:
- Ben Taub Hospital, Hematopathology service, 18 weeks
- Texas Children's Hospital, Hematopathology service, 12 weeks
- Texas Children's Hospital, Coagulation service, 2 weeks
- Texas Children's Hospital, Molecular genetics & cytogenetics, 4 weeks
- Texas Children's Hospital, Lab management & hemoglobinopathies, 2 weeks
- Texas Children's Hospital, Lab automation & flow cytometry, 2 weeks
- Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Hematopathology service, 4 weeks
- Methodist Hospital, Bone marrow, lymph node, and flow cytometry services, 4 weeks
- MD Anderson Cancer Center, Flow cytometry service, 4 weeks
Note: A hematopathology fellow has 3 weeks vacation time and can take vacation days during any time frame, but with approval of the site rotation director. The fellow is also instructed to inform about vacation 2 weeks in advance.
Being a one year fellowship and multiple sites of rotations, an elective rotation or dedicated research rotation cannot be scheduled. Also, being a pathology subspecialty, the fellows do not rotate in direct patient care; the training encompasses review of smears, slides, laboratory data etc.
Fellows are encouraged to participate in departmental conferences for pathology residents and fellows, and a variety of conferences based at individual hospitals. Conferences include:
- WHO Review (weekly)
- Journal Club (monthly)
- Citywide hematology conference (weekly)
- Citywide hematopathology conference (monthly)
- Lymphoma histology review (monthly)
- Hematopathology journal club (monthly)
- Leukemia journal club (twice a month, Texas Children's Hospital only)
All teaching faculty participate in a variety of primarily clinical and translational research projects. Opportunities abound both within the Department of Pathology & Immunology as well as potential collaborations with other clinical departments or faculty at other institutions within the Texas Medical Center. Fellows are expected to participate in supervised research.