Overview The East African Oncology Centre of Excellence (EOCE) at the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) Adult Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program (AHO-FTP) is collaborative program between UCI, Makerere College of Health Sciences (MakCHS), Mulago National Referral Hospital (MNRH), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre (FHCRC) and University of Washington, Seattle-USA. Using an adapted ASCO/ESMO/ASH curriculum guidelines, our Program provides advanced clinical and research training in adult hematology/oncology under the supervision of eminent specialists from our collaborating institutions to qualified health professionals in East Africa and Africa at large. Our curriculum involves 18 months of clinical in-patient and out-patient practice / didactic education and 6 months of scholarship / research training.
Our Program is accredited by the Uganda Medical and Dental Practioners Council (UMDPC) which allows our graduates to be certified by the East Central and southern Africa College of Physicians (ECSCOP).
Mission As we address labour market shortages for skilled professionals in hematology and oncology in Africa, the mission of the AHO FTP is to train the next generation of cancer researchers and clinical leaders in the superspeciality of hematology/oncology with following 5 (five) Core Competences:-
Clinical management of cancer and blood disorders in adults
Communication, professionalism and interpersonal skills
Procedural and Technical skills
Scientific Principles that underlie adult hematology/oncology
Teaching, leadership, Research and Advocacy skills
The AHO-FTP seeks to capitalize on the scientific, clinical, and educational resources available through collaborations within:
Uganda Cancer Institute /Regional Centres
Mulago National Referral Hospital
Makerere College of Health Sciences
Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS)
Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC)
Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI)-Tanzania
Aga-Khan University Hospital (AKUH)-Kenya FHCRC/UW
UCI was the first cancer centre in sub-Saharan Africa established in 1967 as result of collaboration between MOH-Uganda and NCI-USA. It is renowned for the discovery and treatment of Burkitt’s lymphoma, treatment of HCC using single agent Adriamycin among others. UCI emphasizes clinical care, research and training.
Programs within UCI;
Solid tumor oncology
Research & Training
The facilities at the UCI
Hematology /oncology in-patient service
Hematology /oncology out-patient service: Tumor specific and MDT
Clinical & Research Laboratories
Hematology/oncology Pharmacy service
Pediatric hematology /oncology service
The UCI has a network of hematology/Oncology Associates (8) and Oncology/Hematology Associates (9). These cadres of physicians articulate the hematology/oncology program.
Training Advisory Council (TAC)
The AHO-FTP TAC is the supreme decision-making body of the training program on matters of education and implementation. The TAC leadership consists of individuals with the highest level of expertise and achievement in the fields of adult hematology/oncology, graduate medical education, adult clinical operations, and health policy and resource management.
AHO-FTP TAC Members (current):
Prof.Edus Houston Warren
Prof. Julie Gralow
Dr Jackson Orem
Dr. Susan Nabbadda
Internally approve the program curriculum, syllabus and education tools.
Approve examination format and content.
Approve trainee enrollment procedures.
Nominate and appoint the Program Director, and evaluate his / her performance.
Appraise the curriculum content, relevance, and its delivery.
Arbitrate on professional or educational issues involving trainees and faculty.
Full Time Faculty
Tracks / Rotations
The AHO-FTP Curriculum is 2 track program in Hematology (Track-2) and Oncology (Track-1)
Prospective fellows must make a conscious decision at application point of the track of interest. The curriculum entails 18 months of clinical and didactic training and 6 months of research and continuity clinics.
Clinical Training for AHO Fellows
Permits fellows under faculty mentorship / supervision to participate in intensive in-patient and out-patient experiences.
In Patient Rotations expose the fellow to:-
Medical oncology and Hematology in-patient service, with a diverse population of patients undergoing both diagnostic and treatment approaches.
Medical oncology and Hematology Consultative Service, with patients hospitalized in the general medical and surgical wards of MNRH and other hospitals within Kampala / Uganda
Out-patient training hinges around multidisciplinary disease teams or programs. These include:-
Head and Neck cancer
Lung and Thoracic malignancies
Clinical Coagulation / Thrombosis
Didactic Programs for AHO Fellows
AHO-FTP offers multiple formal didactic programs to the fellows. Track specific and intra-track lectures. (Details in the Curriculum-Online)
In addition, fellows have the opportunity to participate in:
Clinical oncology and hematology ground rounds
Department of Internal Medicine grand rounds
Multidisciplinary tumor boards and conferences
Fellows and attendings also participate in a weekly:
Fellows case conference series with interactive fellow-driven discussions on the diagnosis and management of specific cases.
Journal club where fellows are taught to critically review literature
Writing group to horne skills in the preparation and presentation of abstracts, manuscripts, and grant applications
Monthly tele-case conferences
Monthly mentorship conferences
AHO Fellowship Applicant Information
Call for Applications for the fellowship will be advertised annually on the EOCE/UCI website. Applications will only be accepted during the period of call for applications.
How to Apply
The AHO-FTP accepts applications and supporting documents online through the UCI Website –AHO Fellowship portal. Application submissions are accepted beginning in March with a deadline at the end of May. Please refer to the UCI Website for more details.
Materials required for all Applicants
Applicants who are selected to interview will be contacted via email. Interviews will be conducted in June.
To process your application for the AHO-FTP, we require the following:-
Certified Certificate of completion of Masters in Internal Medicine training (Or letter from dean of training institution confirming eligibility for the certificate in Internal Medicine – if degree/certification award is pending but anticipated prior to matriculation into the program).
Uganda Dental & Medical Practitioner’s Council license or equivalent from other country
A minimum of 3 professional references with supporting reference letters
Personal statement including past experiences, career goals, and motivation to specialize in adult hematology & medical oncology.
A full current curriculum vitae (CV)
Proof of identity e.g. Passport copy, national identification card