Overview

Our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program offers participants an opportunity to be part of a unique, world-class research and care environment. Seattle Children’s Hospital, the University of Washington Medical Center, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are each world leaders – among the finest research and patient care institutions in the world. The combination of these three results in an  unbeatable training experience.

The mission of our three-year ACGME accredited fellowship is to encourage and train the next leaders in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology.  The fellowship program provides both clinical and research training, individualized to the goals and experiences of each trainee.  Established in 1969, our comprehensive training program draws on a full array of faculty, programs, and resources from Seattle Children’s, the UW Medical Center and the Hutchinson Center. The fellowship is fully funded by a training grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health and from institutional sources. Additional institutional and several  K-level institutional grants are available for continuation of support into early junior faculty years.

The first year of our program is primarily focused on clinical training and development of teaching skills.  Fellows witness and participate in the conduct of a wide spectrum of clinical and translational research during their clinical rotations and are provided with an introduction to laboratory and clinical outcomes research conducted at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington.  During the second and third years, training is focused primarily on the acquisition of research skills.  Each fellow participates in a scholarly project with research training available in laboratory based, translational, clinical and epidemiologic arenas.

Combining three top cancer research & care institutions

Seattle Children’s Hospital serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked Seattle Children’s Hospital among the nation’s top children’s hospitals for 18 consecutive years. In 2010, Children’s was ranked seventh in the country for pediatric cancer care. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Seattle Children’s is a 250-bed children’s general facility. Last year Seattle Children’s had 13,482 admissions and performed 5,190 inpatient and 6,960 outpatient surgeries, and saw 37,508 emergency room visits.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is one of the world’s premiere research institutions, home to three Nobel Laureates (including Dr. Donnall Thomas, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1990 for his contributions to the field of bone marrow transplantation) and many other global leaders in life sciences research. The Center receives more research funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other public or private research institution in the world. The Hutchinson Center, together with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), comprise the Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium. The Consortium is among 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers nationwide. More than 2,760 people work for the Hutchinson Center, including nearly 200 scientific faculty and more than 550 pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and other scientific staff.

The University of Washington is the third-largest employer in Washington state, following Boeing and Microsoft. For more than three decades, the UW has secured more federal research funding than any other public university in the United States–currently more that a billion dollars annually. Academic rankings of world universities put the UW at number 16, one of the top rankings in the US. University research ranks fourth in terms of the most citations in academic journals, and the UW is 11th in the number of US Fulbright Fellows in 2009-10. The UW library system is one of the largest research libraries in North America. US News ranks the UW School of Medicine first in primary care, sixth in research, and eighth in the country in pediatrics.

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a world-class cancer care consortium comprised of medical care professionals from Seattle Children’s Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington.  The SCCA inpatient pediatric service is located at Seattle Children’s Hospital and includes our inpatient hematopoietic stem cell transplant service and our general oncology/hematology service.  Outpatient pediatric transplant patients are treated at the SCCA clinic located adjacent to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus.  We diagnose about 230 pediatric patients with oncologic disorders annually.   Last year, the SCCA had the highest one-year survival rates for hematopoietic stem cell transplants of any treatment center in the country.