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The discipline of hematology continues to be a model for translating basic scientific discoveries in immunology, molecular biology and cellular biology into promising new therapies for human beings. Trainees choose from numerous, diverse, and highly productive laboratories at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. The curriculum emphasizes individual research training, incorporates specified courses and seminars, and provides trainees with professional development opportunities.
Individual Research Experience: The major part of the Training Program in Hematology will be the one-on-one mentored hands-on research experience of each trainee. After the research begins, trainees will be expected to progress toward independence in the laboratory and toward intellectual mastery of the field. Each trainee has a two to three person mentoring committee. All postdoctoral fellows are required to prepare a formal yearly progress report.
Courses: Each trainee in the Training Program in Hematology is required to complete courses in Cancer Biology, given by the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, plus a comprehensive course on the responsible conduct of research. The Cancer Biology course consists of approximately 15 lectures given by faculty and invited experts in cancer research. Much of the material covered in this course pertains to benign and especially malignant hematology.
Trainees are encouraged to take more of the many relevant courses in their fields of interest offered in the basic science departments. For example, the molecular biology course offered by the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, the human genetics course given by the Center for Medical Genetics, and courses in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Biostatistics and Epidemiology are popular to enhance and update the scientific background of trainees.
Seminars: There are many relevant seminars and journal clubs available at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. These seminars help trainees develop scientific communication skills and the ability to critique their own and colleagues' results. All trainees in the Training Program in Hematology are required to attend Hematology Grand Rounds. This conference is held weekly and draws an average of more than 50 faculty (including most of the program faculty), postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Lectures on basic, translational and clinical topics pertaining to hematology are given by Johns Hopkins faculty as well as invited faculty from other universities.
Trainees are also expected to participate in Advanced Seminars in Hematology. Rather than a traditional journal club format, faculty are chosen by mentors to lead in-depth discussions of key articles and other literature that have provided new insights into clinical science. The trainees will also present their preliminary research proposals for discussion and input from the group. All program trainees undergoing their research training will participate in the regular departmental, divisional, and laboratory research seminars and meetings that the members of their research laboratory attend. All first year hematology fellows and training grant trainees participate in a monthly journal club on Friday afternoons.
Fellow Research Day: Many trainees beyond year one in training present a poster at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Fellow Research Day. Awards are given for the top basic, translational, and clinical research posters, as assessed by a panel of faculty judges. Multiple trainees from the Training Program in Hematology have received these awards.