From the Program Director
My own educational path has included many different experiences that have each contributed to my philosophy of patient care and ongoing education. After finishing medical school at Wayne State University in downtown Detroit, I pursued a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at William Beaumont Hospital. Although I enjoyed the internal medicine/critical care portion of this training, I enjoyed working with children the most. During an elective rotation in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology I fell in love with the specialty. I then changed direction to straight Pediatrics (which caused my program director no end of headaches). I completed my PHO fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and have been at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital since 1995.
My clinical interests include pediatric brain tumors, neurofibromatosis related tumors, coagulation-thrombophilia, and medical education (of course). A brief biography and special interests for each of the core faculty members can be found on our Faculty page.
Albert S. Cornelius, MD
The Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program in Grand Rapids, Michigan is one of several graduate education programs offered through the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners (GRMEP). GRMEP is a consortium composed of Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, and the major health care providers in Grand Rapids (Spectrum Health and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Health Care).
Our 36 months of fellowship training program is divided with 17 months of clinical training, and 19 months research training. The fellowship program at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is ACGME accredited for one fellow per year.
Goals and Philosophy
- To train physicians to be successful and competent physician-scientists in the area of pediatric hematology and oncology.
Specific goals of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital include:
- To equip trainees with the skills and knowledge to become the next physician-scientist leaders in the field of pediatric hematology and oncology.
- To enable fellows to become expert sub-specialists by providing an in-depth experience in the patient care and research arenas.
- To foster critical problem-solving in both clinical and research settings.
- To help develop skills in teaching.
- To use competency-based principles in the training and evaluation of fellows.
- To use competency-based principles in the evaluation and improvement of programmatic activity.
- To have all graduates successfully attain American Board of Pediatrics certification in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, and continue personal development and scholarly activity.
Philosophy of Learning
Our program is focused on learning by taking care of patients. We have scheduled conferences and didactic sessions, to ensure a comprehensive education for our fellows, but strive to ensure that all educational sessions have direct patient care applications.
We’re pleased that you are interested in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. We are a sizable program with more than 100 new oncologic patients and more than 400 new non-oncologic patients each year. We have an active staff of 13 Pediatric Oncologists, and 2 BMT physicians with a common goal of providing excellent patient care in every encounter.
The pediatric hematology/oncology program maintains an active inpatient service, and more than 750 patients are seen each month in the clinic for outpatient evaluations, transfusion therapy, chemotherapy administration, laboratory monitoring and diagnostic consultations and procedures.