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Elective Opportunities

Training in a Community on the Mexican Border

Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers has an outreach clinic in the Rio Grande Valley in McAllen, Texas. The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic has 4 full-time pediatric hematology-oncology faculty members who have treated more than 9,500 patients with cancer or hematologic disorders since 2001. The clinic has been an official Children's Oncology Group (COG) member since 2014. The McAllen area was previously an underserved area with a large Spanish-speaking population. The recommended fourth year of our training program may include the opportunity to travel to other locations, if appropriate, and allows them to observe a pediatric hematology-oncology practice in a border community setting.

International Opportunities

Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers has established close collaborative interactions with several programs internationally. Depending on their research interests and progress, fellows who elect to stay for a fourth year may spend an elective in one of several collaborating institutions internationally. International opportunities include sites in Italy, France, Oman, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Learn more about Global Hematology Oncology Pediatric Excellence (HOPE) 

Global Health Opportunities

The Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine offers the only approved global health residency program in the United States. The Hematology-Oncology Section, as well as the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, has a long-standing commitment to involvement in global health initiatives. For those fellows who are interested, the hematology-oncology section provides a variety of opportunities to participate in international experiences in both oncology and hematology. These activities occur, for the most part, in sub-Saharan Africa but are also available in India and in Central and South America.  A variety of research, educational and clinical opportunities are available. In the second and third years of fellowship, trainees may choose to participate in ongoing global health efforts or to develop new ones.  It is recommended that fellows choosing to pursue this career pathway obtain a masters degree in epidemiology or public health. While the ability to train and work abroad is somewhat restricted in the first three years of the ACGME-accredited fellowship program, the recommended fourth year of our training program may include the opportunity to travel outside the country, if appropriate. Learn more at

Camp Opportunities

Cancer Center faculty, staff, and fellows are intimately involved in the camping opportunities for the patient population. Camp Periwinkle is a weeklong summer camp experience is provided for children ages 7-15 with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Camp YOLO is a weekend camp is offered every fall and spring to teenagers with chronic illnesses. Participation is optional. Second- and third-year fellows may choose to become involved with these experiences as senior counselors. Learn more at