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The Supportive Oncology Academic Fellowship at the Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) Department of Supportive Oncology (DSO) is designed to train next generation physician leaders to have expertise in the emerging field of Supportive Oncology.  

The comprehensive post-graduate academic year offers the advantage of a guided learning experience and direct patient care. The fellow has exposure to the care of oncology patients primarily in the outpatient setting with clinical rotations in subspecialized clinics.

The curriculum allows the fellow to cultivate broad knowledge of the multidisciplinary approach to supportive care in cancer.

Fellows can choose between the one-year Supportive Oncology Academic Fellowship track OR a two-year academic fellowship track in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (year 1: ACGME) and Supportive Oncology (year 2: non-accredited). 

The Department of Supportive Oncology has four established fellowship tracks to provide physicians and clinicians the skill sets and techniques needed to deliver patient-centered care: Hospice and Palliative Medicine (in partnership with Carolinas Palliative Care and Hospice Group), Supportive Oncology, Psycho-Oncology (clinical psychology), and Cancer Rehabilitation (in partnership with  Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation Charlotte).

Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute Launches Four New Fellowships, Including World’s First Supportive Oncology Fellowship. 

For more information on any of the fellowships, please contact Lisette.Clementecline@atriumhealth.org.


Where You Will Train

Center for Supportive Oncology, Levine Cancer Institute, Building 2

Center for Supportive Oncology, Levine Cancer Institute, Building 2

The Department of Supportive Oncology is chaired by Dr. Declan Walsh, Hemby Family Endowed Chair, and palliative medicine pioneer and visionary. DSO includes the Sections of: Oncology Palliative Medicine, Integrative Oncology, Cancer Rehabilitation, Oncology Nutrition, Psycho-Oncology, Cancer Navigation, Cancer Survivorship, Senior Oncology, Research and Education. DSO is an integrated, multidisciplinary team with 163 teammates and 30 medical staff.

The DSO research strategy centers around four thematic areas: Cancer Pain and Opioids, Malnutrition and Inflammation, Psycho-Oncology, and Cancer Related Fatigue. Each area has a research taskforce, which is comprised of subject matter experts from the Department, Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health, and strategic partners within the community. The purpose of each taskforce is to establish partnerships and develop research projects.

The 7th floor of LCI Building 2 is devoted entirely to supportive oncology services and is the largest square footage (33,000) devoted to supportive oncology in the world. In addition to a 4-bay palliative medicine infusion suite, the space houses a rehabilitation gym, an acupuncture suite, and spaces for massage therapy and healing touch.

Features of the floor include a dedicated fellow office and a suite of conference rooms that overlook the Charlotte skyline; these rooms host administrative meetings, support groups, classes, and other activities. There are nourishment stations with beverages and snacks positioned throughout the suite for use by patients, visitors, and staff.

Recognitions

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) honored Levine Cancer Institute as North Carolina’s only Designated Center of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care. ESMO only bestows this honor on “cancer centers which provide comprehensive services in supportive and palliative care as part of their routine care” and who achieve a “high standard of integration” in doing so. Care is a team effort at LCI, whose supportive oncology team works in concert with the medical oncology team to provide the highest level of care for all patients. LCI joins only four other cancer centers in the United States as well as over 200 sites worldwide to be so recognized.

 

The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) recognized Levine Cancer Institute’s Department of Supportive Oncology as a MASCC Designated Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer. The certification program recognizes oncology centers that demonstrate best practices in supportive cancer care. MASCC’s certification program aims both to educate and to encourage a supportive care focus among oncology healthcare professionals.

 

The Commission on Accredited Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) recognized Atrium Health, Levine Cancer Institute’s Cancer Rehabilitation program as the world’s first to earn accreditation in cancer rehabilitation.

Levine Cancer Institute is the only cancer center in the region to be nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

Levine Cancer Institute is the first cancer network in the world to earn the top distinction in patient-centered care by excelling across more than 50 criteria of patient-centered care to be designated as a Planetree Patient-Centered Organization.

Meet the Faculty

Core Faculty

  • Chasse Bailey-Dorton
    Chasse Bailey-Dorton, MD, MSPH, FAAFP

    Chief, Section of Integrative Oncology Department of Supportive Oncology Levine Cancer Institute

  •  Armida Parala-Metz
    Armida Parala-Metz, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

    Chief, Section of Senior Oncology, Medial Director, Rapid Access Service for Symptom Management, Program Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Department of Supportive Oncology Levine Cancer Institute

  • Alicia Romeo
    Alicia Romeo, MD, DFAPA

    Chief, Section of Psycho-Oncology Department of Supportive Oncology Levine Cancer Institute

  • Vishwa Raj
    Vishwa Raj, MD

    Chief, Section of Cancer Rehabilitation Department of Supportive Oncology Levine Cancer Institute

  • Susan LeGrand, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

    Physician – Department of Supportive Oncology Levine Cancer Institute

  • Lisette Clemente-Cline
    Lisette Clemente-Cline

    Program Coordinator, Hospice & Palliative Medicine and Supportive Oncology Fellowships, Department of Supportive Oncology

Curriculum

Supportive Oncology prevents and manages physical and psychological adverse effects of cancer and treatment from diagnosis through survivorship. The goal is to decrease symptoms, improve health facilitate recovery and nurture well-being through innovative programs and services.

The curriculum allows fellows to cultivate broad knowledge of the interdisciplinary approach to Supportive Care in the oncology setting. Fellows will work collaboratively with advance practice providers, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, and other health professionals. 

Rotation Schedule

Rotations in the Department of Supportive Oncology clinical sections:

  • Cancer Navigation
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Cardio-Oncology
  • Integrative Oncology
  • Oncology Nutrition
  • Oncology Palliative Medicine
  • Psycho-Oncology
  • Senior Oncology
  • Elective 

Rapid Access Service for Symptom Management

One full day per week seeing patients in a comprehensive, cancer-focused, on-demand consultation service for adult cancer patients with poorly controlled symptoms.

Protected research time

Weekly half day protected research time structured to provide practical research experience in study design and execution, manuscript preparation and grant writing.

Fellows will be assigned to a faculty member whose research interests most closely match those of the fellow. Faculty and fellow will work closely together in developing and conducting a series of research projects, designed to give the fellow practical experience in research methodologies.

Fellows are expected to prepare a presentation of findings for a national meeting (abstract submission/presentation) as well as write a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Continuity Clinic

Weekly continuity clinic in the Department of Supportive Oncology, housed in a section appropriate to fellow clinical training.

Elective

Elective rotations allow fellows to enhance clinical skills in a specialty area or in a specific clinical setting.

Didactics

A weekly core lecture series cover important topics in Supportive Care and Oncology.

Grand Rounds

Weekly departmental and monthly institutional Grand Rounds cover current information and new developments, as well as best clinical practices from the presenter’s area of expertise, presented as literature reviews, newly published journal articles and in-depth clinical case studies.

Attendees have the opportunity to acquire the latest information and know how to apply knowledge, skills and judgment in practice to improve patient outcomes. Fellows are expected to present at the Supportive Oncology Departmental Grand Rounds.

Research Meetings

Weekly Supportive Oncology Research Meetings serve to collaborate on and review research concepts and protocol development, and allow for multidisciplinary feedback on abstract, poster and manuscript submissions. 

Self-Care

Resiliency training for fellows is led by a Department of Supportive Oncology Psychologist (PhD) and aims to reduce burnout and increase physician wellness through an ASCO developed skills-based program.

Application Requirements:

We welcome applications from physicians who are eligible to obtain a full, unrestricted medical license from the North Carolina Medical Board.

To learn more, or to submit required application materials for consideration, please contact:

Lisette.Clementecline@atriumhealth.org. Include in Subject Line: Supportive Oncology Fellowship.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • 500-word Personal Statement outlining reason for pursuing supportive oncology, experiences with supportive care, and career goals
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation. Letters should indicate that the applicant is personally known to the letter writer, and include an assessment of medical knowledge, clinical skills, and character

 

Helpful Information

For the 2022-2023 academic year, salaries for trainees are as follows:

  • PGY-4 $68,800
  • PGY-5 $71,800
  • PGY-6 $74,500
  • PGY-7 $77,200
  • PGY-8 $80,500
  • 15 weekdays of paid vacation
    • 5 additional days of vacation to be taken during PGY-3 OR subsequent year (Not each additional year). Vacation days are approved by the program director and may not be taken during certain blocks.
  • $1900 and up to 5 days CME allowance
  • Two Medical plan options
  • Dental and Vision insurance
  • Medical, Family & Parental Leave
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Short and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • 401k with up to 4% matching contribution and performance-based contribution
  • 3 lab coats with laundry service provided. One additional coat for subsequent academic year.
  • Access to gym and physician lounge on CMC-Main campus
  • Free parking

More information about Atrium Health salary and benefits are available in the 2022-23 Summary of Benefits for Residents and Fellows.

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