The Division of Hematology supervises the care of patients with hematologic disorders and conducts special clinical programs for patients with hematologic malignancies, coagulation disorders and platelet dysfunctions. Basic molecular and cellular research is conducted on cell proliferation, hematopoiesis, cellular ion transport, platelet physiology and hemostasis. Clinical studies include evaluation of new therapies in patients with thrombocytosis or thrombocypenia, molecular studies of genetic variants in patients with hypercoaguable states, protocol therapy of hematological malignancies, and tranlational research in hematologic neoplasia. The division trains graduate and postgraduate research trainees, clinical and research fellows, students and residents. Visiting scientists from around the world are often in residency in the division.
The Division of Hematology offers electives lasting a minimum of one month for fourth year medical residents. The elective provides a balance between the experiential and didactic approach. Each resident is provided with a brief, formal introduction to blood banking, the routine hematology laboratory (emphasizing blood cell counts), the special coagulation laboratory, the special hematology laboratory (emphasizing red clood cell hemoglobinopathy abnormalities), and radiation therapy. Throughout the elective, residents learn blood cell morphology under the guidance of attendings, fellows and laboratory personnel. Each resident receives an atlas of blood cell morphology. Residents are exposed to both outpatient and inpatient hematology. As a result of the division’s reputation as a referral center for patients with unusual hemotologic disorders, residents see many such patients.
Faculty participate in organized weekly meetings, which include a review of all patients seen that week, and a major didactic conference on a single subject organized by the fellows. Under supervision, residents evaluate a select number of patients whose illnesses are most likely to illustrate the fundamental diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in hematology.
Individualized electives may be arranged in basic research or clinical projects.
The division offers a combined three-year fellowship in conjunction with oncology, leading to board eligibility in hematology and oncology. The fellowship is a combined University Hospital and Medical Center-VA Medical Center program. At both hospitals, the inpatient services are organized as teams with one or two fellows and an attending faculty physician assigned to the service each month. Both hospitals have active outpatient services where fellows take primary responsibility for managing a wide variety of cases. Radiotherapy, blood banking, and special hematology laboratory rotations are included. An active bone marrow transplant program at University Hospital provides experience in transplantation care. Research laboratory experience is offered in the second and third year.