Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Fellowship Program

Providing an extensive clinical and research experience in transplantation and cellular therapy for treating patients with malignant and non-malignant diseases

As a clinical fellow in our Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (BMTCT) program, you will advance patient care and conduct research in one of the largest pediatric BMTCT programs in the world. Faculty in the St. Jude BMTCT program have been pioneers in the field for over 30 years. Our department consists of extremely active research and clinical programs, both of which provide trainees with exposure to standard and cutting-edge approaches in the field. You will treat a high volume of patients in inpatient and outpatient settings as part of a multidisciplinary environment. You will also be part of a cohort of clinical fellows across numerous pediatric sub-specialties, including:

  • Hematology/oncology
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Psychosocial
  • Infectious diseases
 
 

Our Clinical Program

The BMTCT clinical program at St. Jude is a high-volume transplant and cellular therapy service that serves a diverse pediatric, adolescent and young adult patient population. We conduct approximately 100 transplants per year, consisting of both autologous and allogeneic donors, for a variety of malignant and non-malignant disease indications. BMTCT also provides a cellular therapy program, which includes the use of viral specific T-cells (VSTs), chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) engineered T-cells and gene therapy products.

Our inpatient and outpatient teams are fully staffed by advanced practice providers (NPs/PAs). We also provide multidisciplinary care for all of our patients. This includes routine incorporation of psychosocial, palliative care, pharmaceutical and infectious diseases experts into the patient’s daily care. Our team works with sub-specialists across a variety of disciplines and has a close partnership with St. Jude’s dedicated intensive care unit (ICU) and critical care specialists.

Learn more about the clinical BMTCT program at St. Jude.


Our Research Program

At St. Jude, the Division of BMTCT is an active research program. Our faculty consists of clinical and pre-clinical investigators. We collaborate across departments to develop novel therapeutic strategies with relevant biologic correlates. New protocols are routinely in development, and often stem directly from pre-clinical work generated by our faculty.

Learn more about our active clinical trials

Learn more about the Department of BMTCT


Fellowship Program

Fellowships are for one year. A fellowship can begin at any time, but a July 1 - June 30 schedule is preferred.

  1. Our program trains physicians in the many aspects of the field of hematopoietic cell transplantation and cellular therapy. As a fellow, you will work directly with leaders in the field to further develop your knowledge base and clinical skills. Fellows will gain experience in areas involving:

    • The indications for transplant, cellular and gene therapies
    • Pre-therapy patient evaluation
    • The identification and selection of hematopoietic cell sources, donor registries and methodologies of HLA typing
    • Cell collection, manipulation and preservation procedures
    • Production and administration of cell and gene therapy products
    • The selection and administration of preparative regimens
    • Management of patients receiving cellular and gene therapies
    • The diagnosis and management of regimen related acute and long-term toxicities

    Fellows are also regularly involved in clinical research and will have immense exposure to clinical trial design and implementation, as well as training in documentation and reporting for patients being treated on investigational trials.

  2. We provide trainees with a strong clinical foundation, as well as personalize each fellow’s curriculum to their own career goals. A typical schedule includes:

    • Weekly continuity clinic, which will consist of a variety of patients accrued over the course of the year
    • Four months on inpatient service
    • Four months on outpatient service
    • Four months on electives and/or research with the option to focus on subspecialty areas such as:
      • Immunophenotyping and HLA Laboratory
      • Blood Bank/Blood Donor Room
      • Human Applications laboratory (cell processing)
      • Global Pediatric Medicine
      • Palliative Care
      • Infectious Diseases

    BMTCT fellows will also participate in the Hematology/Oncology educational opportunities and will develop a clinical research project under close mentorship by a faculty member.

Applying for Fellowship

Eligibility

Eligible applicants will have completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology prior to BMTCT start date. International applicants must be ECFMG certified.

Application Process

To learn more about current openings and the application process, please email Aimee Talleur, MD, Fellowship Program Director. A complete application will consist of: a curriculum vita (CV), personal statement, and three (3) letters of recommendation. Applicants may submit an application at any time. Our interview season is flexible, but typically occurs in the fall for a July 1 start.

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