Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Fellowship Program
Richard Tower, MD, MS
Our program goals are to:
Impart knowledge and experiences necessary for optimal care of children with hematological and oncological disorders.
Provide the fundamentals for a successful career in clinical or basic research.
Guide the fellow, as a junior faculty member, to develop teaching expertise.
Over the past three decades, the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Division at the Medical College of Wisconsin has developed one of the preeminent fellowship training programs in the country. We train the pediatric hematologists, oncologists, and transplant teams of the future through excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. Our program combines broad clinical training and abundant research opportunities in a collegial work environment emphasizing both clinical and scholarly activity.
During our three-year training program, time is distributed among both clinical and research opportunities to ensure that fellows develop expertise in the fields of pediatric hematology, oncology, and blood and marrow transplant. The program provides approximately 11 months in the first year and 1 month or more in the second and third years for clinical work. Approximately 21 months of protected time in years two and three are dedicated to hypothesis driven research.
The Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Division is comprised of 23 clinical faculty members and 15 advanced practice nurses and physicians assistants who provide treatment for infants, children, teens, and young adults with cancer, non-malignant blood diseases, immunodeficiency states, and bleeding disorders. Our fellowship program offers innumerable clinical opportunities in collaboration with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's state of the art health care facilities and numerous sub-specialty focused clinics offered within the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
There are 11 research faculty within the Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Division alone, plus various other researchers within the Department of Pediatrics and among our affiliated research programs available to mentor our fellows. Many are nationally and internationally known for their ongoing research. There are countless opportunities for exposure in translational, basic, clinical, and applied research projects. The many research associations available on campus offer a diverse selection of research paths for the fellow to choose from.
Our faculty is committed to the mentoring of scholarly activities. This commitment has contributed to successful research projects completed by our fellows year-after-year. The list below reflects research interests of many of our faculty members and may be helpful in brainstorming your own research project. Fellows may also conduct research with other MCW faculty as well as faculty from affiliated institutions.
In addition to clinical and research rotations, there are a variety of conferences within the section and institution wide to enhance the fellows' learning opportunities.
At the Medical College of Wisconsin we take pride in the outstanding accomplishments of our fellows.
Fellows are offered the opportunity to also pursue a master's degree in public health, clinical and translational science, or bioethics. Our program is unique in that the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College assists with tuition costs for a master's program for fellows.
The Medical College of Wisconsin offers its employees a competitive and comprehensive benefit package. The benefits offered are designed to recognize the diverse needs of our workforce and provide long-term financial security to employees and their family members.
The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is for qualified physicians who have completed residency training in pediatrics and are board-certified or board-eligible.