Hematology/Oncology/BMT

Welcome to the Sections of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology. Our clinical services at Alberta Children’s Hospital form the Hematology, Oncology, Transplant (HOT) program and include the breadth and depth of Hematology/Oncology/Transplant and Immunology.

Our group offers the following experiences for U of C Pediatric Residents.

  1. Pediatric Oncology Rotation (Mandatory)

    Offers exposure to inpatient and outpatient oncology/transplant over a 4 week period that is divided equally between the inpatient unit and clinic.

    Duration: 4 weeks

    Capacity:  1 resident

    How to arrange: This rotation is arranged by the U of C General Pediatric Residency program.

    Who to contact:

    • Education Administrator
  2. Pediatric Hematology Selective

    Offers exposure to general hematology, bleeding and thrombotic disorders and hemoglobinopathy in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.  Residents are usually in their PGY 3 or PGY4 year. There is currently no expectation of night or weekend call commitments.

    Duration: 3 week minimum.

    Capacity: 1 resident per block.

    How to arrange: Pediatric Residents should contact the Ped Heme/Onc Education Administrator to enquire about availability.  Residents must also inform and gain approval from the General Pediatric residency program for the selective.

    Who to contact:

    • Education Administrator
    • Please provide name, current PGY level, requested dates, and any absences during the selective period.
  3. Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Elective

    Offers exposure to the full breadth of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology through inpatient care, consultation services and outpatient clinics.  This elective is especially recommended for those considering a career in the specialty but is open to any resident.

    Duration: 3 week minimum to 4 weeks.

    Capacity: 1 resident per block.

    How to arrange:  Pediatric Residents should contact the Ped Heme/Onc Education Administrator to enquire about availability.  Residents must also inform and gain approval from the General Pediatric residency program for the elective.

    Who to contact:

    • Education Administrator
    • Please provide name, current PGY level, requested dates, and any absences during the selective period.

Shadowing opportunities for junior medical students

The sections of Pediatric Hematology and Pediatric Oncology support job shadowing for currently enrolled University of Calgary Medical Students. Job Shadowing is a short-term, usually a ½ day to a maximum of 5 days, period to allow medical students the opportunity to gain insight to the practice of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Shadowing is usually done with 1 faculty member of our section at any one time.

Please contact the physician directly through Alberta Health Services email.

Med 440 Electives

Students may approach individual faculty in the Ped Hem/Onc sections to arrange a Med 440 elective that is usually undertaken in the fall to winter of the second year of U of C medical school. The majority of students choose a clinical experience but faculty would also support the directed studies option or research stream.
Students have often paired with both an Oncologist and a Hematologist in order to gain broad exposure though this is not a requirement.

  • Please contact physicians directly to arrange details of a potential elective. 
  • Email should include the following:
    • Dates and times in which you are interested.
    • Note that many doctors only have clinics on certain half-days of the week. Therefore, a 440 elective may not be feasible if the desired dates and time do not coincide with that clinician’s clinics.
  • Contact Education Administrator with confirmation of preceptor agreement as soon as possible. Education Administrator will assist student in fulfilling any hospital- based requirements prior to elective. See Resources for Education Contacts

Summer Electives

We accept University of Calgary medical students and external medical students (based on availability) for short term pre-clerkship electives. “summer electives” usually occur during a 6- week period in July and August for students to spend a greater amount of time exploring different areas of medicine.

Summer elective students will spend the majority of their time in outpatient clinics in Pediatric Hematology and Pediatric Oncology. Exposure to inpatient care occurs if a student chooses to spend more than 2 weeks in our sections.

For further general information about summer electives for U of C students please refer to your student manual for your year – it could be found at U of C current medical students or other relevant documents provided to you.

Duration: 2 week (minimum)

Capacity: 1 -2 students at one time

How to arrange:

  • Summer electives should be arranged through the Education Administrator for Ped Hem/Onc.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have fulfilled all requirements set out by the U of C Faculty of Medicine for summer elective.

Clinical Clerks

Refer to UME clerkship information

University of Calgary Clerkship Electives

Please go on to OSLER and locate the elective catalogue for a description of the program and Instructions on how to proceed. Please contact elective@ucalgary.ca with any other questions you may have.
You may then contact the appropriate Education Contact (see Resources)

Non U of C Clerkship Electives

Please review all of the criteria and guidelines for the University of Calgary described on the following link.
http://www.ucalgary.ca/mdprogram/visitingelectives

If you meet the criteria, you may then contact the appropriate Education Contact (see Resources)

Once accepted you will need to proceed with the paperwork as described on the website listed above.

Research Opportunities

The sections of Pediatric Oncology and Pediatric Hematology are involved in a broad range of research activities and are always open to medical student participation. We encourage interested students to contact individual faculty for further information.

  1. Program Description

    Our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (PHO) Residency program is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This 3-year program is supported by the Postgraduate Medical Education office at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine and is situated at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH). Our program’s goal is that residents, upon completion of training, are well-trained consultants in the breadth of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Transplant and feel confident and prepared to fulfill their career aspirations.

    Please refer to the CaRMS website that provides some further details about the current structure of the program.

  2. Applications

    We greatly encourage all applicants, especially those from postgraduate training programs outside North America, to consider a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology elective at Alberta Children’s Hospital prior to applying. However we recognize that this may not be possible for all candidates.

    Our residency program considers applications from Canadian medical graduates, Canadians Studying Abroad, and International Medical Graduates.

  3. Highlights of our Program Include:

    • A learner-focused program that is attentive to the educational goals of the resident 
    • Eleven enthusiastic faculty members interested in teaching and mentoring career development 
    • Resident continuity clinic 
    • Full participating member of Children’s Oncology Group (COG) with physicians involved as principal investigators and active committee members 
    • Only Canadian member of novel Phase I trial group, Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutic Investigator Consortium (POETIC) 
    • Largest bone marrow transplantation program in Western Canada 
    • Comprehensive teaching-oriented Pediatric Hematology service with diverse patient population 
    • Well-organized and inclusive series of rounds and teaching sessions 
    • Excellent structured hematopathology experience 
    • Translational research opportunities in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology includes developmental novel therapeutics and cancer biology 
    • Large catchment area gives exposure to great clinical diversity 
    • Active and growing children’s hospital is in the newest free standing facility in Canada.

Dr. Doan Le
Program Director
doan.le@ahs.ca

Brenda Gallagher
Program Administrator
brenda.gallagher@ahs.ca

Dr. Greg Guilcher
Oncology Clerkship Director
greg.guilcher@ahs.ca

Brenda Gallagher
Oncology Clerkship Administrator
brenda.gallagher@ahs.ca