Fellowship Program

Fellowship Director: R. Gregory Bociek, MD

Fellowship Coordinator: Shaun Capurro
Phone: 402-559-5388
Email:  scapurro@unmc.edu

The Oncology/Hematology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is a combined 3 year program in medical oncology and hematology.

The  goal of the program is to prepare our fellows to become superior specialists in the field of medical oncology and hematology.  The program will prepare the fellow to take and pass the sub-specialty boards.  As our program emphasizes academic hematology and oncology, it is hoped that the majority of the fellows will pursue such a career.  It is designed to provide the trainee with a comprehensive understanding of medical oncology and hematology, including management, plus the ability to do quality clinical and/or basic research and to interpret oncology literature.  The objectives of this program follow the specific program content as outlined by the Graduate Medical Education Directory, pp. 59-60 (Appendix I).

The primary faculty responsible for fellow training include:    

Gregory Bociek, M.D., program director, James  Armitage, M.D., Lyudmyla Berim,  M.D.,  Apar Ganti, M.D., M.D. Krishna Gundabolu, MBBS, Alissa Marr, M.D., Elizabeth Reed, M.D., James Schwarz, M.D, Nicole Shonka, M.D.  Additional faculty from the areas of genetics, transfusion medicine, palliative care, radiation oncology, gynecology and pathology are also involved.                                         

The majority of the experiences are conducted at: 

(1)  The Nebraska Medical Center hospital and clinics

(2) VA Hospital

(3) We also have additional outpatient clinics at Bellevue Medical Center and the Cancer Center at Village Point in West Omaha.

In June 2017, the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center opened on the main campus. This new facility serves as both a treatment center and around-the-clock urgent-care-type facility for those battling cancer bringing together clinicians, researchers and patients in one location.

Educational Program-Basic Curriculum

  1. There are opportunities to care for inpatients and outpatients with a wide variety of blood and neoplastic disorders.  The largest time blocks are spent rotating on the following mandatory services:

            a) General Oncology/Hematology
            b) Bone Marrow Transplantation
            c) Oncology/Hematology Outpatient Clinics
            d) Research

All fellows have at least 1 month on the following services:  Radiation Oncology, Transfusion Medicine, Palliative Care and Gynecologic Oncology. These rotations allow the fellow to assume care for acute and chronically ill patients, to be able to observe the evolution of blood and neoplastic diseases, and learn the benefits and risks of therapy.  In addition, the fellows also have the opportunity to do rotations with Head and Neck Oncology (ENT), Genetics, Bone Marrow processing lab and other services by arrangement.
                e) The program emphasizes basic pathophysiologic mechanisms and therapy of solid tumors and diseases of the blood.  It teaches appropriate utilization of laboratory tests, imaging techniques, biopsies and procedures used for the diagnosis and treatment of hematologic and oncologic disorders.

      2. Specific Program Content:

                a) Clinical experience:  There are sufficient patients to provide fellows with adequate opportunity to develop clinical competence in hematology and oncology.  Inpatient assignments vary from 1-2 month at a time.  The assignments are designed to shift more and more responsibility on the fellow as they mature.  They do a two half day clinic each week in the ambulatory care setting for 36 months to provide them with continuity of care over a long period and an opportunity to follow the evolution of the disease over time. 

                b) Technical and Other Skills:

                                      i.       The fellows learn to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team on the various inpatient services.

                                     ii.      The fellows are expected to learn the techniques of bone marrow aspirations and biopsies, autologous bone marrow harvesting, lumbar puncture, Ommaya reservoir access with chemotherapy injection, thoracentesis, paracentesis and skin biopsies.  These procedures are done under direct clinical supervision.

                                     iii.      A series of didactic lectures are given 4 times a month and attended by the residents on the Oncology service as well as the fellows.

       3. Conferences:

The fellows are expected to regularly attend the following conferences:

                1. Mortality and Morbidity Meeting

                2. Journal Club

                3. Fellows Core Course Conference

                4. Fellows Section Research Conference

There are a variety of other regularly scheduled conferences which include basic science conferences (Molecular Biology Program conference series), basic science grand rounds (Eppley Grand Rounds), and clinical trials conferences (college of public health), and a number of multidisciplinary clinical conferences (Lung cancer, GI cancer, GU cancer, lymphoma, otolaryngologic cancer, breast cancer) which we encourage the fellows to attend.

Applying for Fellowship:

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

Applications, deadlines, and regulations are available in full detail at the ERAS website.

Applicants with J1 and H1-B visas may apply.

Applications will be accepted between:

        July 1 to August 15 each year

Applicants are required to submit the following information with your application:

Curricula Vitae
Personal Statement
Three Letters of Recommendation
USMLE Scores/COMLEX Scores
ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)