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Hematology/Oncology Fellowship

Welcome to the University of California, Irvine/CHOC Children’s Pediatric Hematology & Oncology (PHO) Fellowship Program website. We hope that this will provide you with a better understanding of our program. The UCI/CHOC Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Divisions consist of dedicated teams of physicians, allied health professionals, and support staff who provide primary and consultative care to children with a wide variety of benign and malignant hematologic and oncologic diseases. Our mission is to provide exceptional care to patients, to advance research in pediatric hematology and oncology, and to educate future pediatric hematologists and oncologists. The UCI/CHOC PHO Fellowship Program is a 3-year ACGME accredited fellowship program that aims to educate the future generation of leaders, researchers, and clinical physicians in the field of pediatric hematology & oncology. The philosophy of our program emphasizes the patient as the best teacher. Therefore, we stress teaching that is patient-centered, believing that the most effective learning is patient-derived.

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The UCI/CHOC PHO Fellowship Program is clinically based at Children’s Hospital Orange County, a large, stand-alone children’s hospital with its own pediatric emergency room, a wide range of pediatric subspecialties, a large pediatric residency program of nearly 30 residents per year, and several pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs, including PICU, endocrinology, and infectious diseases. In addition to a multitude of pediatric subspecialists (including radiation oncology, pediatric pathology, pediatric radiology, palliative care, and pediatric surgery among many more), CHOC houses multiple additional services that provide our patients with the best care possible. These include Child Life Services, music therapy, art therapy, massage therapy, a Chinese medicine team, and pet therapy.

During your time in fellowship, your education will include a year focused on clinical care followed by two years dedicated to basic, translational, or clinical research. Throughout these three years, continuity clinics in hematology and oncology provide a consistent longitudinal experience that allows fellows to carry their own panel or primary patients. Our goal is to train the next generation of pediatric hematologists and oncologists who will continue to move the field forward while at the time providing exceptional care for patients and their families.

CHOC’s Hyundai Cancer Institute sees more than 200 new oncology patients annually and is one of the selected sites of the Children’s Oncology Group Pediatric Early Phase Clinical Trials Network (PEP-CTN). This program provides access to early phase trials in developmental therapeutics for patients with recurrent and refractory cancers. CHOC’s Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program is accredited by the Federation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and performs approximately 25-35 hematopoietic stem cell transplants per year. The Oncology division participates in numerous clinical trials and has an on-site stem cell laboratory. In addition to inpatient care, Oncology outpatient services include the Oncology clinic, Outpatient Infusion Center (OPI), Infusionarium, and subspecialty clinics, such as BMT clinic, Neuro-Oncology clinic, and Survivorship clinic.

CHOC houses the MCHB/CDC Federal grants for the Western Regional Hemophilia Treatment Centers. Our Hemophilia Treatment Center cares for over 500 patients with bleeding disorders with many new diagnoses each year. As a member of the Thalassemia Consortium Research Network, CHOC treats a large population of patients with significant thalassemic conditions. A special feature of our Comprehensive Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment Center is the close collaboration with the Newborn Screening Program and the Sickle Cell Foundation. Other Hematology subspecialty clinics include Immune Deficiency clinic, Vascular Anomalies clinic, and Benign BMT clinic. The Hematology division participates in various basic and translational research projects and numerous clinical trials. In addition, the Blood and Donor Services provides emergent apheresis care for exchange transfusions, plasmapheresis, therapeutic WBC pheresis, and stem cell collections.

Our distinguished faculty continues to grow and now includes ten oncologists and ten hematologists. They are supported by nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, clinical research staff, and secretarial support. Members of the faculty include internationally and nationally recognized experts in various aspects of pediatric hematology & oncology.

We are committed to providing fellows with a curriculum that is structured yet flexible enough to allow for adaptation to an evolving field and response to feedback. Our fellowship program is dedicated to helping fellows develop competencies specific to the fields of pediatric hematology/oncology while also committed to the art and science of medicine as defined by the ACGME Core Competencies.

Fellows are paid according to the university/hospital pay scale for trainees based on their post-graduate year. This salary is competitive and considers the cost of living in Southern California.

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Applications are accepted through the Electronic Resident Application System (ERAS) and we participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).
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Please feel free to email our call our office if you have additional questions.
Josephine HaDuong, M.D. Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program jhaduong@choc.org
Debbie Liebold Program Coordinator dliebold@choc.org (714) 509-8430
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