Program Director: Koyamangalath Krishnan M.D.
The Division of Hematology/Oncology of the Department of Internal Medicine offers a two-year ACGME-accredited fellowship to board eligible internists in Medical Oncology.
The trainee becomes board eligible in medical oncology after two years. Our goal is to provide competent, knowledgeable, well trained, humane sub-specialists. To accomplish these goals, we promote both clinical expertise and research activities.
At Johnson City Medical Center , all patients of the full-time hematology-oncology faculty are admitted to a designated oncology unit. Consultations from other services in the hospital such as surgery, general medicine, urology, OB/GYN, neurosurgery, ENT, orthopedic surgery, and family practice are covered by the oncology trainee. The Regional Cancer Center is a comprehensive cancer center staffed for comprehensive cancer care by medical, surgical, gynecologic, and radiation oncologists and oncology nurses. In addition to multidisciplinary care of cancer patients, the center provides opportunity for state-of-the-art clinical trials, cancer prevention programs, specialty clinics, patient education, and psychological support programs for patients with cancer.
The combined use of the hospital and the outpatient clinics leads to expertise in the management of the diverse disease processes encountered in medical oncology.
The teaching activities are one-on-one daily, informally as well as through the specific conference schedules. These conferences include: Heme/Path, Science Seminars, Professor's Rounds, Journal Club, Research Conferences, Tumor Board, Tumor Conference, and core resident lectures. In addition, fellows are encouraged to attend the general internal medicine conferences, grand rounds, M & M, and Journal Clubs.
Mandatory electives for the oncology program include a month of pediatric oncology and one month of radiation therapy. An "away" month of bone marrow transplantation experience at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University College of Medicine or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital is arranged during the second year of training. Other electives are at the discretion of the fellow and director and may be used as either further clinical time or further research time.
All fellows are asked to identify a research project within the first three months of their fellowship and are given time to complete these projects during the standard two-year program. In addition, they will be participating in national ongoing clinical oncology protocols of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG).