Overview

Welcome to the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Washington (UW) and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch). With our colleagues at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), Bloodworks Northwest (BWNW), Harborview Medical Center (HMC) and VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS), the fellowship program at UW and Fred Hutch provides a rich and diverse educational experience at top-flight academic medical centers dedicated to advancing the art and science of medicine. Fellows in our program train in state-of-the-art facilities with distinguished faculty who perform cutting edge research to advance our knowledge of cancer and diseases of the blood and translate these discoveries to clinical care of patients. Equally important, our trainees find a culture that is friendly, nurturing, stimulating and challenging with a love for learning that reflects the dedication and mission of this University and Research Center. As a fellow, you will be a part of this culture, these facilities and the intellectually rigorous environment that is modeled by our talented faculty.

Mission

The mission of our ACGME accredited fellowship is to provide an environment to develop the next generation of leaders in the fields of hematology and oncology. By utilizing resources and mentors across multiple institutions we have developed a dynamic program individualized to the goals and experiences of each trainee. Our major focus is the preparation of fellows for burgeoning academic careers in basic science, translational research, clinical research and specialty areas such as global health and comparative effectiveness research. Clinical training is supported by participating hospitals. The full-time research phase of our program is funded by T32 training grants from the National Cancer Institute and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Postfellowship funding opportunities include a variety of institutional and other private sources. K-12 institutional grant support is also available through the Hematology and Medical Oncology divisions. The Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) at UW offers didactic coursework, certificate and degree programs for fellows interested in careers in clinical and translational research. Many of these funding mechanisms can extend into early junior faculty years.

Experience

The fellow’s experience in our program is rooted in comprehensive clinical training and development of teaching skills, particularly over the first 18 months (for dual boards eligibility) of fellowship. Clinical training provides practice in the care of patients with a broad range of disorders, including hematologic malignancies, non-malignant hematology, transfusion medicine, blood and marrow transplantation (BMT), and solid tumor oncology in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. A robust series of didactic lectures bolsters the clinical education experience for the junior fellows, and aids in board review for the senior fellows. During the remaining 24 months, funded by the T32 training grant, fellows work closely with their research mentors and faculty advisors to acquire and refine their investigative skills in a specific discipline that will become the foundation for a career-sustaining area of focus and expertise. Each fellow participates in a scholarly project with research training available in laboratory based, translational, clinical and epidemiologic arenas. We know you will find many unique and appealing features in the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at UW and Fred Hutch. We offer an exciting and challenging place to establish your skills as a clinical subspecialist and to launch your academic research career.

Michael L. Linenberger, MD, FACP
Program Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

Robert and Phyllis Henigson Professor of Hematology
Department of Medicine
University of Washington

Medical Director, Apheresis and Cellular Therapy
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Associate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center