A 47-year-old member asked:
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can you start out with a pediatric oncology fellow and work your way up to a doctor?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Being a pediatric oncology fellow means you have completed medical school (M.D.) and finished residency training (ave. 3 yrs). A fellow is a "full fledged" physician receiving a specialty training in oncology.
Answered on Aug 30, 2020
Dr. Craig MacArthur
33 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
See answer: A pediatric oncology fellow is a doctor that is training to be a pediatric oncology specialist. The fellows are trained by the specialists in academic teaching children's hospitals. When the fellows are caring for a child cancer patient, the fellow is being supervised by a board certified pediatric hematologist-oncologist. In my experience the fellow and teaching physician work together as a team.
Answered on Jul 19, 2020
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
You have it backward: You don't get to be a fellow before you become a doctor. You can follow one around and work with them in some capacity, but it would never put you ahead of the line to get into or through medical school.
Answered on Aug 30, 2020

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