Training in a community on the Mexican border
Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers has an outreach clinic in the Rio Grande Valley in McAllen, Texas. The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic has 4 full-time pediatric hematology-oncology faculty members who saw more than 2,000 patients with cancer or hematologic disorders in the first 4 years of the clinic’s operation. The McAllen area was previously an underserved area with a large Spanish-speaking population. As an elective in the senior years of training, fellows may take the opportunity to work in this environment as an elective during their senior years of training. The opportunity allows them to observe a pediatric hematology-oncology practice in a border community setting.
Global health opportunities
The Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine offers the only approved global health residency program in the United States.
The Hematology-Oncology Section, as well as the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, has a long-standing commitment to involvement in global health initiatives.
For those fellows who are interested, the Hematology-Oncology Section provides a variety of opportunities to participate in international experiences in both oncology and hematology. These activities occur, for the most part, in Sub-Saharan Africa but are also available in India and in Central and South America. A variety of research, educational and clinical opportunities are available.
In the second and third years of fellowship, trainees may choose to participate in ongoing global health efforts or to develop new ones. It is recommended that fellows choosing to pursue this career pathway obtain a Masters Degree in Epidemiology or Public Health. Learn more about Advanced Degrees
While the ability to train and work abroad is somewhat restricted in the first three years of the ACGME-accredited fellowship program, the recommended fourth year of our training program may be spent entirely out of the country, if appropriate.