Regular interactive and didactic conferences are an integral part of the education programs. There are four required weekly teaching conferences for physicians undergoing the pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship program.
Texas Children’s Hospital Case Conference and Tumor Board
This multidisciplinary conference involves oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, research scientists, and trainees. The conference focuses on clinical and laboratory features of a spectrum of cases seen throughout the year. Fellows are assigned the major role in the presentation and moderation of case discussions.
Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board
This multidisciplinary conference involves neuro-oncologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and trainees. They discuss issues regarding central and peripheral nervous system tumors seen at the Cancer Center.
The weekly hematology conferences focus on disorders of erythrocytes, leucocytes, platelets, and the coagulation system. There is a monthly didactic conference regarding the laboratory and clinical aspects of coagulation disorders, and another didactic conference on general hematology issues. On the remaining weeks there are Hematology Case Presentations and Bone Marrow Failure Conference.
This lecture series is comprised of formal presentations by clinical and laboratory research scientists from many disciplines and areas of research. Local, national, and international speakers are invited to present their work. At the end of their third year, senior fellows present their research projects in this forum.
This is a monthly presentation by a hematopathologist designed to enhance skills in interpreting peripheral blood smears, bone marrow aspirates, and bone marrow biopsies.
Bone Marrow Transplant Case Conference
Bone Marrow Transplant candidates and current patients are presented by the fellows on the BMT services at Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist, followed by a discussion with the faculty from both institutions. The fellows also give formal presentations on selected topics. These presentations are generally case-based with an overview of the relevant recent literature. In addition, international and local faculty members are invited to present their transplant-related research.
There are journal clubs in Solid Tumor, Hemostasis and Thrombosis, and Hematology where fellows present and evaluate recent publications.