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Division of Hematology/Oncology

Resident Information

Our residents experience a three-year residency program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and upon completion are eligible for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Our medical students are integrated into our clinical and didactic experiences which provide them with knowledge of hematologic and oncologic diseases and conditions encountered in practice.   For additional information about available treatments for patients with cancer or blood disorders and our research, visit the Simmons Cancer Institute website.

Contact Information

Hematology/Oncology Division
315 W. Carpenter St.
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 545-7969


Faculty:

Aziz Khan, MD, Division Chief
Meghna Desai, MD
Robert Mocharnuk, MD
Swati Pathak, MD
Krishna Rao, MD, PhD
Sherjeel Sana, MD
Dodie Gazda, ANP-BC
Anita Schwab, AGACNP

EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE

Residents will develop competency in evaluating and managing hematology/medical oncology patients with the supervision of an attending physician in both inpatient and outpatient venues.

TEACHING METHODS

  • Resident Lectures, 8 a.m. Wednesday through Friday at SCI 2004
  • Journal Clubs
  • Hem/Path Conference, 8 a.m. on the 3rd Friday of the month, St. John’s Hospital Radiology Conference Room
  • Lung Tumor Board, 12 p.m. on Mondays at SCI 1012
  • Head and Neck Tumor Board, 12 p.m. on Tuesdays at SCI 1012
  • Breast Tumor Board, 12 p.m. on Wednesdays at SCI 1012
  • Neuro/Onc Tumor Board 7-8 a.m. on the 1st Friday of the month, SCI 1012

Hospital Rounds: All residents will round at St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center beginning at 9:00 a.m. for approximately 3 hours with the attending and residents on service.

Clinic:  Residents will rotate with our physicians in the afternoon in Clinic B at the Simmons Cancer Institute.  Resident Continuity Clinic as assigned by the Residency Office.


TYPES OF CLINICAL ENCOUNTERS

Cancer, various types
Lymphomas
Hematologic Malignancies
Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Clotting & Bleeding Disorders
Anemia
Tumors of unknown primary

PROCEDURES PERFORMED
Bone Marrow Biopsy
Bone Marrow Aspiration
Histology Review
Lumbar Puncture
Peripheral Smear

SERVICES
Inpatient/outpatient
Consults

READING LIST
Harvard Review
Textbook of Hematology, Williams
Journal of Clinical Oncology
Blood
British Journal of Hematology
Cancer
Cancer, DeVita

PATHOLOGIC MATERIAL
Reviewed on a case by case basis with attending physician and pathologist where appropriate to patient care.

METHOD OF EVALUATION
Resident evaluation by standard performance evaluation form, direct observation, and written examination. Resident feedback by written evaluation and face-to-face meeting. Program and faculty evaluation by standard performance evaluation form.

LEVEL OF SUPERVISION BY FACULTY
Residents with little experience in the skills needed will observe and practice physical exam skills under direct supervision of attending physicians, while those with more experience will work with patients in concert with attending physicians.

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