In conjunction with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) – a National Cancer Institute designated Cancer Center, the Division of Medical Oncology has a new translational research track. This track includes 14 months of clinical training, followed by two years of post-doctoral basic or translational research at CSHL. After successful completion of the translational research track, the fellow will be eligible to take the medical oncology examination by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
CSHL has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. The CSHL Cancer Center is a basic research facility committed to exploring the fundamental biology of human cancer. The research covers a broad range of cancer types, including breast, prostate, leukemia, glioma, pancreatic, sarcoma, lung and melanoma. Three scientific programs provide focus in Gene Regulation & Cell Proliferation, Signal Transduction, and Cancer Genetics. The Cancer Center currently has approximately 37 faculty members. Read more about the CSHL Cancer Center research and faculty. Read more about this fellowship and the CSHL Cancer Center research and faculty.
Promising candidates must have an MD or MD/PhD and have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in Internal Medicine with a clear track record of academic accomplishments and/or research training. This fellowship targets candidates with a desire for a clinician-scientist career in medical oncology.
The Translational Research Training Program will provide extensive basic science and translational research experience. Fellows will complete clinical requirements through a variety of settings, including inpatient rotations, outpatient rotations and the fellow’s continuity clinic. The clinical training rotations will be the same as our clinical program. The amount of rotations, however, will be decreased for the translational fellow due to single board eligibility requirements. These will be completed during the first year of training.
Inpatient rotations include:
- North Shore University Hospital Hematology Consult Service
- Long Island Jewish Medical Center Hematology Consult Service
- North Shore University Hospital Oncology Consult Service
- Long Island Jewish Medical Center Oncology Consult Service
- Bone Marrow Transplant Service
- 7 Monti Leukemia and Lymphoma Service
During the inpatient rotations, the fellow will develop into the role of the consultant and improve communication skills with patients, families, other physicians and healthcare providers. The inpatient rotation allows the fellow to go through the process of differential to confirmed diagnoses, as well as the management of acute complications due to patients’ underlying malignancies and their treatments. The fellow serves as a leader of the team. As a leader, the fellow is expected to assist in the teaching of medical students and residents on the rotation. The fellow will improve scholarship skills in critically evaluating medical literature and emphasize the philosophy of lifelong learning.
Outpatient rotations include:
- Radiation Medicine
- CLL Program
- Blood Banking
- Treatment Room Monter Cancer Center
- Assigned Disease Site Specific Ambulatory Rotations at Monter Cancer Center
All fellows participate in the continuity clinic weekly. Cases are assigned beginning the first year of training. These patients will be followed longitudinally for the duration of the fellowship under the supervision of an attending hematologist/ oncologist. Fellows are responsible for all aspects of the patient’s care, including diagnosis, evaluation, ordering tests, treatments, patient follow-up and communication.
Each translational research program participant, whose goal is to pursue a career as a research scientist, has a minimum two-year period in the laboratory after completion of the clinical fellowship training. The clinical training opportunities are the same as our clinical program but will be decreased due to single board eligibility requirements. These will be completed during the first year of training. During the remaining two years, mentors from Cold Spring Harbor
Laboratory, will supervise the research training, implementation, and completion of all basic translational research projects. There will be the additional opportunity to continue to work as well with a clinical translational mentor from Northwell depending on the focus of the research program that is developed. All research fellows will continue to expand their knowledge by attending seminars and lectures at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories. Trainees will become skilled in research ethics, biostatistics, and research methodology. Due to ACGME requirements, fellows in the translational track are required to continue to participate in a weekly continuity half day clinic throughout the three years of training to fulfill ACGME requirements.