Cardio-Oncology

Fellowship Program at McMaster



Welcome to the Cardio-Oncology Fellowship Program at McMaster University. Cardio-oncology is a rapidly growing field focused on the early identification and management of cardiovascular toxicities from cancer therapies, the prevention of cardiovascular disease in cancer survivors, and cardiovascular decision-making in individuals with active cancer. In our program, fellows will gain experience in the clinical management of cardiovascular challenges in many solid organ and hematologic malignancies and they will also have research opportunities at one of the world’s most renowned clinical cardiovascular research institutes.

Dr. Darryl Leong, Program Director
Dr. Darryl Leong, Program Director

Welcome

  1. Clinical care: Our service is based at the Juravinski Cancer Centre and Hospital, which is one of Ontario’s highest volume cancer centres. We receive referrals from all cancer and malignant hematology services, including from surrounding areas. Fellows will participate in the supervised clinical care of both inpatients and outpatients at the Juravinski Cancer Centre and Hospital. They will manage cardiovascular problems in acute and chronic hematologic neoplasms, post allogeneic and autologous stem cell transplantation, and all solid organ cancers. Fellows will also be exposed to advanced echocardiographic techniques to quantify cardiac function.
  2. Education: Learning opportunities are presented both through “bedside” experience and through dedicated didactic education. Our program comfortably fulfills current guidelines for the recommended experiences and competencies of physicians practicing in cardio-oncology. Fellows will be expected to attend broader Division of Cardiology educational fora, such as Cardiology Regional Rounds, as appropriate.
  3. Research: We have one of the broadest cardio-oncology research programs in Canada, with ongoing funded prospective clinical studies in prostate cancer, breast cancer, and chronic hematologic neoplasms. Fellows will have the opportunity to be involved in clinical research at both a site level and as a coordinating centre for international clinical studies.

Certification Outcome

The successful completion of the fellowship will grant a Fellowship McMaster Certification.

Entry Requirements

The fellowship program is designed for current residents or recent graduates. Recent graduates are required to submit an application form and comply with McMaster University Postgraduate Medical Education requirements for residents and fellows.

Application Deadline

9 month deadline before the start date.

 


Goals of Training

  1. Fulfilling current guideline recommendations for clinical experience in cardio-oncology
  2. Experience in the management of a wide variety of cardiovascular problems in various malignancies and in stem cell transplantation recipients
  3. Exposure to multi-centre clinical research coordination


Length of Training

Negotiable



Funding

Funding details or opportunities available – to be discussed on a case-by-case basis.


Curriculum Highlights

  1. Monthly Division of Cardiology Cardio-Oncology Case Conference

  2. Supervised experience in the management of cardio-oncology inpatients and outpatients with a very broad range of acute and chronic hematologic and solid malignancies, as well as patients post-hemopoietic stem cell transplantation

  3. Opportunity to attend Rounds delivered by world-leading clinician-scientists with whom one-on-one interaction is encouraged

  4. Didactic and experiential learning about robust research methodology, including multi-centre, international randomized clinical trials and cohort studies



Supervision & Feedback

Fellows are expected to meet with the Program Director on a weekly basis to perform case review and to discuss reflections on research experience.


Associated Programs

We have had and will consider requests to undertake combined cardio-oncology echocardiography fellowships on a case-by-case basis

We have had and will consider requests to undertake concurrent scholarly activity towards a higher degree (e.g. in the Higher Research Methodology Program).

Darryl Leong

MBBS (Hons), MPH, M.Biostat, PhD
Medicine, Cardiology
Leong, Darryl
Associate Professor
Cardio-oncology Fellowship Director

905-521-2100 ext. 40743
Darryl.Leong@phri.ca