Clinical Experiences

Clinical Experiences

We accept applications for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at Penn State Children’s Hospital through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Clinical experiences

At Penn State Children’s Hospital, patients are followed from birth to young adulthood. We are a major tertiary care facility for central Pennsylvania and we serve a large geographic area. As a result, there is the opportunity to see and diagnose patients with a wide variety of illnesses at all stages.

We have over 690 admissions per year to the Hematology/Oncology inpatient service and over 7000 outpatient visits per year. On average, we have approximately 100 new oncology patients, 400 new hematology patients and 15-20 stem cell transplants annually.

The new Penn State Children’s Hospital opened in February 2013. Inpatient facilities on the  state-of-the-art Pediatric Hematology/Oncology unit consist of:

  • 18-bed, HEPA-filtered unit
  • 8-bed, restricted access to Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation subunit
  • All private rooms
  • One dedicated room for palliative care services when needed

The Children’s Hospital contains a total of 54 pediatric inpatient beds, 18 PICU beds and a 32-bed neonatal ICU, as well as a dedicated pediatric state-of-the art OR area and pediatric emergency department.

Outpatient facilities for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology are located on the first floor of the Children’s Hospital where patients are seen for chemotherapy, transfusions, infusions and other procedures. Fellows perform procedures, including:

  • Bone marrow aspirations
  • Bone marrow biopsies
  • Lumbar punctures
  • Administration of intrathecal chemotherapy

All procedures are done with either moderate or deep sedation to ensure patient comfort. Deep sedation is performed with an attending anesthesiologist on the second floor level of the Children’s Hospital. 

Outpatient clinic sessions are held daily with an average of 20-30 patients seen per day on Monday through Thursdays. Fridays are reserved for our specialty and multidisciplinary clinics.  There are specialty/comprehensive clinics held in Sickle Cell Disease, Neuro-Oncology, Hemophilia and for Hematology consults.

Throughout the training period, the attending staff is always available for supervision and guidance. Each fellow will be assigned to a work with the same attending staff for their continuity clinic experience throughout their entire fellowship.

Support staff includes:

  • Certified pediatric oncology nurse practitioners
  • Certified pediatric oncology nurses
  • Pediatric clinical nurse specialist
  • Full-time social workers
  • Child life workers
  • Dietitians
  • Pediatric clinical pharmacists

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Program faculty

Penn State Cancer Institute

There is an extensive group of basic science researchers in the Penn State Cancer Institute pursuing research in neuro-oncology, leukemogenesis, sarcoma research and experimental therapeutics. For fellows interested in basic research, many of these laboratories have excellent projects for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellows.

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