Elective Rotations for Residents and Clinical Fellows

Elective Description

Internal medicine or internal medicine/pediatrics Residents are invited to participate in a month-long rotation in hematology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The hematology experience at NIH focuses on clinical hematology, bone marrow failure syndromes, hematologic malignancies, and hematopoietic transplantation as well as providing a comprehensive introduction to clinical and laboratory-based research ongoing in the NIH hematology research programs. The NIH provides a unique opportunity for physicians interested in academic careers to investigate both clinical and basic research interests. 

Two options are available for this rotation:

  • Acute Hematology and Transplantation Service
  • Clinical Hematology Consultation Service

When submitting your application, please specify your preferred hematology rotation option in your cover letter.

Acute Hematology and Transplantation Service

The Resident will join a team of hematology Fellows and other healthcare providers to participate in the care of adult and pediatric outpatients and inpatients cared for by the Hematology Branch at the NIH Clinical Research Center during their participation in clinical research protocols. A broad spectrum of diseases are represented, including aplastic anemia; autoimmune thrombocytopenias and hemolytic anemias; sickle cell anemia; myelodysplastic syndromes; multiple myeloma; chronic lymphocytic and chronic myelocytic leukemias; acute leukemias; and congenital bone marrow failure states. Ongoing experimental protocols will involve autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, hematopoietic growth factor therapy, immune modulation, manipulation of fetal hemoglobin production, antiviral therapy, iron chelation therapy, gene therapy, and other areas. The Resident will assist in the diagnostic evaluation and medical management of patients under the supervision and direction of the program director, attending physician, Fellow, and/or physician assistant and nurse practitioners.

Key Clinical Faculty on Hematology Inpatient Service (3NE), and the Hematology and Transplant Outpatient Clinic (OP7)

  • Danielle Townsley, MD. Staff Clinician, Bone Marrow Failure Laboratory, Hematology Branch, NHLBI
  • Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD, Head, Molecular Hematopoiesis Section, Hematology Branch, NHLBI
  • John Barrett, MD, Chief, Stem Cell Allogeneic Transplant Section, HB, NHLBI
  • Richard W. Childs, MD, Clinical Director, Senior Investigator, HB, NHLBI
  • Matthew Hsieh, MD, Staff Clinician, NIDDK
  • Elizabeth Kang, MD, Staff Clinician, NIAID
  • John Tisdale, MD, Tenured Senior Investigator, NIDDK
  • Adrian Wiestner, MD, PhD, Tenured Senior Investigator, NHLBI
  • Neal Young, MD, Chief, Hematology Branch, NHLBI
  • Donna Chauvet, RN, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner, HB, NHLBI
  • Minoo Battiwalla, Staff Clinician, Hematopoietic Transplantation Section, HB, NHLBI
  • Monica Schmitt, Nurse Practitioner, NHLBI
Clinical Hematology Consultation Service

The Resident will be part of the hematology consult team, providing consultative hematology care to patients throughout the 200-bed Clinical Research Center and their associated outpatient clinics. A broad spectrum of diagnostic problems will be encountered, with an emphasis on hemostasis and coagulation; cytopenias associated with HIV infection and other immunologic abnormalities; hematologic complications of novel drug therapies; and hematologic manifestations of a diverse collection of rare diseases. Training in the interpretation of bone marrow aspirates and biopsies, as well as the performance and interpretation of coagulation laboratory studies, are included in this rotation.

Key Clinical Faculty on Hematology Consult Service:

  • Ronan Desmond, Staff Clinician, Hematology Branch, NHLBI
  • Jay Lozier, MD, Attending Physician, DLM, CC
  • Charles Bolan, M.D., Hematology Fellowship Program Director, Attending Physician, NHLBI
  • Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD, Attending Physician, HB, NHLBI

Didactic Education

On either rotation, there are regular daily rounds for teaching and patient-care purposes. Journal club and fellowship conferences on hematology and/or hematologic malignancies are held each week. Well-known hematologists are invited monthly to present a seminar on their clinical and research interests and to meet with the Fellows/Residents. Conferences devoted to case presentations and special topics are also held in which each patient or topic is discussed by intramural or extramural experts in the relevant fields. Visiting Residents participate fully in all educational activities offered as components of our active hematology fellowship program, and can also participate in conferences associated with a wide spectrum of laboratory research-related activities in the department.

Eligibility Requirements

Residents must be currently enrolled, and in good standing, in an Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited internal medicine program in the United States (US) at the time of application for an elective rotation. Foreign medical school graduates must have ECFMG certification.

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