Program Overview

The mission of the Post Graduate Fellowship in Oncology Nursing is to prepare and train advanced practice nurses to function as clinical experts in the complex environment of oncology care.

The Post Graduate Fellowship in Oncology Nursing is from September to August of each fiscal year. The program is designed to provide the fellow with exposure to the entire spectrum of oncology care from prevention to end of life. 

Fellowship Goals:

  • Acquire knowledge of the treatment and management of oncology diagnoses, from prevention to end-of-life care and become certified as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Strengthen communication and physical assessment skills essential for the care of the cancer patient
  • Analyze and interpret history, pathology, diagnostic information, presenting symptoms, and physical findings to formulate a treatment plan and assess for associated complications
  • Create a caring environment through collaboration with patients, families, and other members of the healthcare team, while acknowledging their emotional, physical, and cultural needs
  • Build collaborative relationships through involvement in professional organizational activities which influence advanced practice nursing and health outcomes of oncology patients
  • Utilize evidence-based practices by exploring practice protocols and current research to provide patient-centered care
  • Research and author a state of the science manuscript outlining a clinical practice question or dilemma relevant to oncology advanced practice nursing and submit for publication

Core Curriculum

2-3 weeks for a total of 20 weeks

  • Breast
  • Endocrine Neoplasia
  • Gastrointestinal: Colorectal and Pancreatic
  • Genitourinary:  Bladder, Prostate and Renal
  • Gynecology Oncology
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Thoracic & Lung

Speciality Curriculum 

1 week each for a total of 12 weeks

  • Acute Care Services
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Cardiology
  • Center for Targeted Therapy (Phase One)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Palliative Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Stem Cell Transplant

Elective Rotation 

(Choose up to three services for a total of 3 weeks)

  • Critical Care (3 week elective)*
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Neuro Oncology
  • Sarcoma
  • Hepatobiliary Surgical Oncology

*Requires Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification

Clinical Focus

Fellows will choose up to two services, for a total of 12 weeks of clinical immersion

Professional Meetings

During the course of the year, the fellow will attend institutional conferences and grand rounds.  

Some examples include:

  • Houston Chapter Oncology Nursing Society (HCONS) monthly meetings
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Leadership Council at MDACC
  • APRN Monthly Education Meetings

Fellows will attend JADPRO Live each November, which is a conference sponsored by Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO).

Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Fellows will integrate nursing research and EBP into the fellowship as follows:

  • Read current research and guidelines pertaining to the service attended and implement accordingly
  • Present and participate in weekly case studies related to the role of the oncology advanced practice nurse
  • Author an evidence-based manuscript on a topic relevant to oncology advanced practice nursing and submit for publication

Evaluation

The fellow at MD Anderson will be guided through the core program by advanced practice registered nurses who will review the fellow’s progress on a regular basis. Advanced practice registered nurses will act as preceptors during the fellow’s chosen area of specialty.

Summary

  • Orientation-3-4 weeks
  • Core Curriculum-20 weeks
  • Speciality Curriculum-12 weeks
  • Electives-3 weeks
  • Clinical Focus-12 weeks
  • Attend a national conference each Fall

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