Oncology Physician Education

Inspiring the Next Generation of Cancer Doctors

As an academic medical institution dedicated to clinical, research and educational excellence, Stony Brook Medicine is responsible for educating the next generation of physicians. In conjunction with the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook Cancer Center helps train doctors in oncology through two programs. One is a rotation through pediatric oncology for all pediatric residents. The second is a post-graduate fellowship in adult hematology/oncology. Both rest on the foundation of the Cancer Center’s approach to cancer medicine: delivering integrated, individualized, multidisciplinary care for a complex disease that takes into account every aspect of a patient’s life, not just his or her medical care.

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

This three-year post-graduate program, overseen by Roger Keresztes, MD, is open to physicians who have completed their internal medicine residency and are licensed to practice in the State of New York. It is highly selective — choosing just three fellows per year out of a field of more than 110 applicants from all over the world —and unique in that there is an additional slot available for a candidate on the physician-scientist track.

The fellowship training includes participation on the Disease Management Teams, which gives fellows exposure to managing a disease from all perspectives — surgical oncology, radiation therapy, ancillary services — not just from a medical oncology perspective. This allows them broad exposure to multiple points of view, which, in turn, teaches the fellows to speak the language of other consultants. Through the experience, they become adept at looking at the big picture.

For more information: Graduate Medical Education
Program Director: Internal Medicine - Hematology/Oncology
Roger Keresztes, MD
Stony Brook Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Dept of Medicine
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Stony Brook, NY 11794-8174
Phone (631) 444-2059   Fax (631) 444-7530

Oncology Training for Pediatric Residents

Every pediatric resident at Stony Brook University School of Medicine has at least two rotations in pediatric oncology, something Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Laura Hogan, MD, believes is critical in their training to becoming thoughtful, caring and informed doctors. 

Typically, residents and medical students have exposure to pediatric patients with cancer in an inpatient setting when patients often are very ill. At the Cancer Center, residents have the opportunity to interact with patients in an outpatient facility in order to see what the life of a patient with cancer is really like. Some patients are in remission and some are back in school. The residents and medical students begin to understand that even though the pediatric patients are dealing with cancer, these children want to be and generally are healthy and active. The overall educational experience gives them the chance to get to know the families, learn to make medical decisions considering psychosocial as well as medical factors, and ultimately to understand that cancer care is a highly personal field. 

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program emphasizes quality-of-life issues for both the family and child. Also, preparing for and administering post care for patients is paramount in the treatment process. When making decisions on treatment, the residents are instructed to consider the long-term ramifications for the child’s health, without compromising quality of care.

For more information: Graduate Medical Education
Program Director: Residency in Pediatrics
Robyn Blair, MD
Stony Brook Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
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Stony Brook, NY 11794-8111
Phone (631) 444-2020   Fax (631) 444-2894

For more information: Stony Brook Children's Hospital