Perspectives on the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Journey

Candace Haddox, MD, and Narjust Duma, MD
Published: Sunday, Jun 24, 2018
Candace Haddox, MD

Candace Haddox, MD

I Matched! Excitement Versus Fear

Candace Haddox, MD (Postgraduate Year 3)

Ahead of all the practicalities of moving and adjusting, I know that my new role as a hematology–oncology fellow will be the most formidable and satisfying challenge to overcome. My class of fellows and I will have to quickly rise to higher expectations for specialized knowledge and polished skills, a situation that feels reminiscent, yet more complicated, than in my early intern years. Today, I may ask for clinical advice from a fellow whose role I will be filling in a few short months. How strange and intimidating! But I remember how neat it was to transform into an autonomous, confident resident during intern year, and I can only imagine that this next transformation will be even more rewarding. This is the time when I will finally be doing what I wanted to do at the start of this journey. This time will likely shape my career trajectory more than any other segment of my training. As monstrous as it all seems, soon enough I will be reflecting on how quickly fellowship has passed as I look ahead to another transition.

The Full Fellowship Experience Involves Doubts, Fears, and Understanding

Narjust Duma, MD (Second-Year Fellow)
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