Core Curriculum & Conferences

Core Curriculum & Conferences


Fellowship-Specific Conferences

Daily Noon Conferences

  • Protected time from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
  • Didactic lectures with lunch provided

The conferences serve as introductions to the diagnosis, management, and biological underpinnings of the various hematologic and oncologic disorders seen in children and young adults. Topics also include the biology and natural history of cancer, patient management, and research ethics. Second- and third-year fellows lead journal club discussions and board reviews monthly and are offered opportunities to present their research initiatives and findings annually.

Morning Report

During morning report, which occurs twice a week at MSK, first-year fellows meet with faculty members to discuss newly admitted patients. The emphasis is on assessment and management of more complicated patient cases, with a format intended to be educational for the fellows.

Hematology Case Conference

The Hematology Case Conference is an opportunity for learning in the setting of a small group, though cased-based discussions focused on consultative hematology. First-year fellows meet with Hematology faculty for coffee and talks focused on differential diagnosis building, diagnostic evaluation, and management of both basic and complex hematology patients with integration of the multi-headed microscope and morphology/smear review.

Department-Wide Conferences

Tumor Boards

MSK Kids has two tumor boards each week, one of which is focused on hematologic malignancies. New or complicated patient cases (from both MSK and NYPH-WMC) are presented to a multidisciplinary group of pediatric oncology attendings and fellows, radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists, as well as other professionals and students. Additionally, each week there is a pediatric neuro-oncology tumor board and a bone tumor conference.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

In conjunction with various departments, fellows present at the monthly pediatric Morbidity and Mortality Conference at MSK.

MSK Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Grand Rounds

Pediatric Grand Rounds at MSK are held weekly and include a mixture of internal and external speakers. These lectures cover an array of topics in pediatric oncology/hematology, ranging from specific disease treatments to medical ethics to faculty wellness.

NYP Pediatric Professors’ Rounds and Grand Rounds

NYP has two regularly scheduled department-wide continuing medical education (CME) conferences each week, Professors’ Rounds and Grand Rounds. NYP also holds regularly scheduled divisional CME conferences and annual events. Professors’ Rounds is a series that unites the department to review interesting multidisciplinary cases quality improvement projects, and morbidity and mortality data. The weekly Grand Round series incorporates faculty development, topics on healthcare disparities and updates, and presentations on general pediatrics.

External Conferences

Tri-Institutional Conferences

Tri-institutional conferences occur in addition to the various conferences and lectures given at MSK, the Sloan Kettering Institute, The Rockefeller University, and NYPH-WMC, including the annual meetings of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Fellows are also strongly encouraged to present the results of their research at relevant national meetings.


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