Contact Information

Pediatrics


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 295-3130
Fax: (301) 295-3898

Department Chair

Ildy Katona, MD, CAPT, USN (Retired)
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Secretary: Ms. Daphne Thomas
Email: daphne.thomas@usuhs.edu

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Of the National Capital Consortium

Introduction

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship program is fully accredited by the ACCME and designed to prepare physicians for careers in either clinical or academic pediatric hematology/oncology.  It consists of three years of post-graduate medical education, which includes both clinical and research experience.  Applicants must have completed or anticipate successful completion of a pediatric residency, including at least one year of pediatric internship and two years of pediatric residency, and be either board certified or eligible to sit for the certifying examination in general pediatrics.  

The program is sponsored by the National Capital Consortium (NCC), with clinical practice mainly located at its primary affiliated hospital: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Bethesda MD, and other locations in the National Capital Region to include Children’s National Medical Center and Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital.  Research opportunities are available at the Uniformed Services University as well as the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.  The diversity of clinical and scholarly experience is designed to produce an exceptional academic hematologist/oncologist ready to fulfill the unique requirements of military, government and civilian practice.

Active duty in one of the Uniformed Services of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Public Health Service) is required. Information on incurred obligations, pay and allowances may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Medical Education.  Applicants must apply through and be sponsored for postdoctoral training by the Graduate Medical Education office of their respective branch of service. Requests for training should list the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program of the NCC at USUHS as their site of choice. Application deadlines are usually in September and are determined by the individual services. Where feasible applicants are encouraged to visit the USUHS and Walter Reed facilities and arrange personal interviews with faculty members. If a visit is not practical, applicants should contact the program director and submit an updated CV and letter of intent. Telephone inquiries are welcomed (301) 295-3130.

Format

The fellowship program comes under the umbrella of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), and the National Capital Consortium (NCC), a military Graduate Medical Education organization, and has been training fellows since 1978.  The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program is based at WRNMMC and is a separate free-standing service within the Department of Pediatrics.  It has a faculty of five full-time pediatric hematologists-oncologists at WRNMMC, supplemented by pediatric hematologists-oncologists at USUHS and assigned at other sites in the National Capital Region.  Currently, there are eight faculty members directly committed to our three-year program.

Clinical Experience

Approximately one-third of the curriculum is devoted to clinical duties with the remaining time devoted to study of ancillary specialty areas and research activities. There is major clinical requirement in the first year, required rotations in the second year through a variety of subspecialty areas including blood bank, coagulation, pathology, radiation oncology, bone marrow transplantation (at Children's National Medical Center), and an almost total research commitment the third year.  Continuity patients and clinic are maintained throughout the three years.

The fellow will routinely supervise the management of hospitalized pediatric hematology/oncology patients through daily contact with the residents and students on the ward teams; make ward rounds with the pediatric hematology/oncology staff, participate in general pediatric hematology/oncology and multi-disciplinary clinics (e.g., long-term follow-up, sickle cell, hemophilia), teach the residents and students through informal teaching rounds, prepared conferences, and scheduled grand rounds, and attend journal club, weekly clinical conferences, research meetings, and conferences at the National Institutes of Health. All fellows are encouraged to attend national meetings.

Research

To ensure success in research training, the majority of the second and third years have an emphasis on research.  Both clinical and basic sciences are available.  Opportunities for clinical research are provided through the outpatient clinics and inpatient services at WRNMMC, the Joint Pathology Center (formerly known as AFIP: the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology), the WRAIR, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  WRNMMC is a full member of the Children's Oncology Group.  Fellows performing clinical research will also have the opportunity to complete requirements for the MPH degree at USUHS.

The basic science laboratories include 2000 square feet of space in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  The laboratories are well equipped for animal studies, general biochemistry, cell culture, and molecular biology.  Extractions of RNA and DNA, Northern, Western and Southern blotting and polymerase chain reaction analysis are performed.  Gene synthesizers, automated nucleic acid sequencers, and protein sequencing are also available.  Research Administration provides research review services, computerized data analysis, statistical support, and publication pre-review and approval.

Program Leadership

Anne B. Warwick, MD, MPH, COL, MC, USA – Program Director
Thomas Newton, MD, LtCol, USAF, MC - Associate Program Director
Franklin Abram - Program Coordinator

Program Faculty

Janiine Babcock, MD; COL, MC, USA
Gary Crouch, MD; Col (Ret.), USAF, MC
Kip Hartman, MD; COL (Ret.), MC, USA
Kenneth Lieuw, MD PhD; LTC, MC, USA
Margret Merino, MD; COL, MC, USA; Pediatric Subspecialty Service Chief, WRNMMC
Thomas Newton, MD; LtCol, USAF, MC; Service Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, WRNMMC
Dina Parekh, MD; MAJ, MC, USA
Wanda Salzer, MD; Col, USAF, MC
Allen Stering, MD; Maj, USAF, MC
Anne Warwick MD, MPH; COL, MC, USA; Program Director Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Additional information, application instructions and program requirements are available through:

Program Coordinator
franklin.abram@usuhs.edu
301-319-0708

Or

Anne B. Warwick, MD, MPH, COL, MC, USA
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Program Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

USU Department Phone: (301) 295-3130
USU Department Fax: (301) 295-3138
WRNMMC Clinic Phone: (301) 400-1663/4/5
WRNMMC Clinic Fax: (301) 400-1662
e-mail:anne.warwick@usuhs.edu