Blood and Marrow Transplantation Education

Fellowship in Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation

The world’s first successful bone marrow transplant was performed in 1968 at the University of Minnesotan in a child with severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome. Since that time, the Blood and Marrow Program at the University of Minnesota has been a leader in the field of blood and marrow transplantation. Driven to find new treatments and safer transplant therapies for children with life threatening malignant and non malignant diseases, University of Minnesota investigators have received millions of dollars in NIH and industry support to manipulate the immune system to kill cancer cells and harness the power of stem cells to repair diseased or chemotherapy and radiation damaged tissues.

The University of Minnesota Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Fellowship provides Board Eligible or Board Certified Pediatric Hematologists/Oncologists with a clinical and research training experience of exceptional breadth and depth in blood and marrow transplantation. Our internationally-recognized Pediatric BMT Center serves children from throughout the United States and abroad who are undergoing allogeneic transplant for diverse primary disorders (including high-risk hemato-lymphoid malignancies, primary immune deficiencies, non-malignant hematologic disorders, acquired and inherited marrow failures, metabolic disorders, and life-threatening forms of epidermolysis bullosa) as well as autologous stem cell rescue following high-dose chemotherapy for high-risk pedaitric solid tumors.

Education materials

The pediatric BMT fellow will gain expertise in determining patient candidacy for BMT, assigning ideal conditioning regimens, selecting appropriate allograft source, and managing common peri- and post-transplant complications in both the inpatient and outpatient clinical setting. The successful applicant will benefit greatly from a large pediatric BMT faculty (n=18) with diverse clinical and research interests, high patient volumes, exposure to novel cell- and immune-based therapeutic strategies, and a close collaboration with an internationally-recognized Adult BMT Center and cell processing cGMP facility. Our one year program (optional second year) is designed to provide enough structure to ensure a well-rounded training experience while allowing for flexibility to address the specific goals of the fellow. Ultimately, our program is committed to continuing its tradition of training leaders and innovators worldwide who will help to shape the future of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Application, Interview, Selection Process

Interested applicants should submit a universal application, current curriculum vitae, personal statement, USMLE Score Reports (Step I and II) and three letters of recommendation (MD/PhD applicants must include a letter from their thesis advisor). Letters should be addressed to Dr. Angela Smith at the University of Minnesota and mailed by the letter writer directly to:

Thea Hall
University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics
MMC 484 (Campus Delivery Code)
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-6926

Letters may also be emailed to Thea at tlhall@umn.edu

Conference Schedule

The primary goal of this year long fellowship is to provide a pediatric hematology/oncology trained physician with dedicated inpatient, outpatient and research experience in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Each Pediatric BMT fellow will complete "BMT Nuts & Bolts" activities (Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics facility, HLA lab, National Marrow Donor Program) scheduled near the beginning of the fellowship year. In addition, each fellow will spend 3-5 months outpatient, 3-5 months inpatient, and will complete 2-3 months of research.