Thank you for your inquiry about the Medical Oncology fellowship at the
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. The Oncology
Program at UTMB is centered around the John Sealy Hospital and
University Hospitals Clinics. A multi-specialty medical center, the
John Sealy Hospital has approximately 600 beds and is the principle
teaching hospital for UTMB. The faculty and medical staff of UTMB also
provide medical care to patients in the TDCJ Hospital, a tertiary care
medical center for inmates of the Texas Department of Correctional
The TDCJ Hospital is physically connected to John Sealy Hospital. The
University Hospitals Clinics building is also physically connected to
John Sealy Hospital and is located close to the Division's main office.
We now have a clinic in Dickinson, Texas that offers infusion also.
The number Among the new cancer patients that are diagnosed or referred
to UTMB, the most common are carcinomas of the lung, breast, cervix,
prostate, head and neck, and colorectal. We have a unique cadre of
patient at the TDCJ hospital. The TDCJ gives unique opportunities to
treat testicular cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma and HIV related
The first year of the Oncology Training Program is the primary clinical
year. First year fellows rotate between the Hematology consult service,
which sees both malignant and non-malignant hematological problems, the
Solid Tumor Oncology Consult Service, which sees solid tumor neoplasm,
and the Inpatient Service.
In the second year of the training program, considerable time is set
aside to allow fellows to develop their research area of interest. In
addition, they can do elective rotations in transfusion medicine and
blood banking, Radiation Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, ENT and
Pathology. Fellows have to take a required elective Bone Marrow
Transplant UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Fellows are expected to participate in clinical or bench research. In
the first year, fellows are expected to identify a potential area of
research interest, which they can develop during the second year.
Research projects can be done under the direction of a member of the
Hematology/Oncology Faculty, or in other departments doing Oncology
related research. It is anticipated that research projects will develop
data which can be presented at a national meeting or result in
publications in the form of abstracts, papers in a referred journal, or
Throughout the week there are various lectures, seminars, and tumor
conferences presented by the staff in the Division of
Hematology/Oncology, by other subspecialties within the Department of
Internal Medicine, and by physicians in disciplines outside of Internal
Medicine (e.g. Radiation Oncology, ENT, Surgery, Clinical Pathology or
Gynecology). The training program in Oncology accepts three fellows per
year. Planning for a free-standing NCI designated multidisciplinary
cancer center is actively underway.
Maurice Willis, MD
Program Director, Fellowship Program
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of Internal Medicine