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ASH HFFTP Awarded Institutions

University of Pittsburgh / UPMC

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Laura De Castro"The University of Pittsburgh / University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hematology Focused Fellowship Program (HFFP) will allow our institution to increase both the teaching and formation the new generation of scientist, components of our mission by providing an unique program and a strong institution support to fellows participating on this project."

Laura M. De Castro, MD, MHSc, ASH HFFTP Associate Program Director
Contact: [email protected]

Annie Im"We are thrilled about being awarded the funding from ASH to develop a formal Hematology-focused training. This has been a vision of ours for years, given the strengths of the Hematology section here at UPMC - from the incredible clinical opportunities to the cutting edge research. In addition, the presence of the Vascular Medicine Institute at UPMC, a collaboration of Hematology, Cardiology, and Pulmonary, can provide incredible resources to help our Hematology-focused fellow to thrive. We are excited to train the next generation of Hematologists."

Annie Im, MD, ASH HFFTP Program Director
Contact: [email protected]

The University of Pittsburgh / University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hematology Focused Fellowship program (HFFP) is a new and unique component of the current combined Hematology-Oncology fellowship program offered by our institution. This track, supported by a special grant from the American Society of Hematology (ASH), seeks train fellows over a three-year period in the field of Hematology classical and malignant and Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine.

The program goal is that at the end of the three year training, fellows are board-eligible for Hematology and Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine. Dedicated rotations such as the inpatient sickle cell service, will be included as there is an urgent need to train additional Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) care providers, a goal consistent with the ASH SCD Initiative. Our HFFP will also include rotations in laboratory hematology, an important training area that formed the training backbone of generations of hematologists. Finally, fellows in this track will participate in pediatric hematology rotations, as certain subspecialties like SCD and hemophilia benefit from an understanding of the progression of these diseases across the lifespan.