Our fellows at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance are accomplished physicians who represent future leaders in research, education and clinical care for patients with cancer and blood disorders.
Given the strength and caliber of the fellows in our training program, we consider all of our fellows at SCCA as valuable members of our patient care teams. Not only do these bright young physicians represent the next generation of hematologists and oncologists, but their boundless curiosity and passion for scientific discovery will undoubtedly inspire the agenda for future cancer research.
What is a fellow?
Each year, up to eight fellows are selected to pursue their subspecialty training in hematology and/or oncology at the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Our fellowship program and SCCA training site are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The selection process to become a fellow at UW/Fred Hutch is highly competitive and those who are selected come with prior experience in research and numerous clinical accolades.
How are they selected?
To be selected as a fellow, physicians must have completed at least four years of medical school, earned an M.D. or D.O., and have served at least two to three years of residency training in internal medicine or pediatrics. The fellowship at UW/Fred Hutch is a 3.5-year rigorous training program, which includes patient care at SCCA as well as protected time to carry out clinical, translational, and laboratory research projects.
As part of the fellowship, our fellows will also spend two years involved in conducting research in a subspecialty area of their choice. At the completion of fellowship these physicians are qualified to practice hematology and oncology independently and eligible to become board-certified attending physicians.
How do fellows interact with patients?
Patients at SCCA may encounter a fellow as they work closely alongside one of our expert faculty members to learn the nuances of cancer care in one of our specialty clinics. These faculty members work with fellows either in one-month blocks to introduce fellows to a diverse set of diseases or as part of the longitudinal care experience of the Seattle Hematology Oncology Continuity Clinics (SeaHOCC).
There are four SeaHOCC clinics at SCCA. These multi-specialty clinics are designed to train fellows about long-term management of a diverse set of hematologic and oncologic disorders in an outpatient setting. Fellows participating in SeaHOCC clinics spend one half-day a week seeing patients under the direct supervision of a faculty expert. These clinics allow patients the opportunity to interact with the same fellow and expert faculty member over a period of 6 to 12 months (hence the term ‘continuity’ clinic). Throughout the duration of their 3.5-year training program, fellows may choose to rotate between different continuity clinics (at the SCCA, VA, or Harborview) to complete a broad training experience.
For more information about the Hematology Oncology fellowship program, visit their website.