Solid Tumor Fellowship


The core Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program at Baylor College of Medicine is ACGME accredited and has been in existence for 50 years.


Texas Medical Board accredited for one year of advanced training.

Program Certifications

Goals and Objective

In general, the goal of the Pediatric Solid Tumor Fellowship Training Program is to provide a comprehensive clinical and research training program for candidates interested in a career in academic pediatric hematology-oncology with a primary focus on solid tumor research, evaluation and management. The specific clinical training goals of this one year program are:

  • To enhance clinical expertise in the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of solid tumors in infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
  • Continue to learn and apply knowledge obtained from basic laboratory and clinical research to the understanding of the cellular mechanisms of tumorigenesis including tumor-initiating cell biology, and relationships to metastasis in sarcomas/solid tumors.
  • When possible, prepare and present data obtained from this clinical experience at institutional, local, and international conferences.
  • Prepare and submit manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Use basic knowledge in cancer biology to improve the understanding of current therapy and propose novel approaches for the treatment of pediatric solid tumors that will ultimately impact on the management of affected individuals.


  • To provide advanced training in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of solid tumors through four full days of clinic per week.
  • Trainees will be responsible for primary patients including follow ups, scans, relapse and chemotherapy orders.
  • Become involved in new patient work-up and protocol enrollment.
  • Attend, participate and present in weekly scan rounds and laboratory and clinical research meetings.
  • Attend and participate in multi-disciplinary patient management conferences including surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and others.
  • Attend and participate in Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center Conferences.
  • Attend and participate in monthly MD Anderson sarcoma meetings.
  • When appropriate, enroll to obtain specific training in specialized areas through Baylor College of Medicine Core Laboratories such as Cytometry and Cell Sorting Core, Cytogenetics, Integrated Microscopic Core or Microarray Core.
  • Receive specific training in radiation oncology and anatomic pathology as relates to management of patients with solid tumors.
  • Familiarize and participate in the grant application process in collaboration with other members of the Sarcoma/ Solid Tumor Program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center


Texas Children's Hospital, Cancer Center

Educational Program

Conference Frequency Role of the fellow
Tumor Board Problem and Case Conference weekly Organizes and conducts conference Moderates discussion Participant in discussion
Research Seminar Conference weekly Observer Participant in Q&A
Solid Tumor Scan Rounds weekly Attend and present
Musculoskeletal Rounds monthly Attend and present

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should be American Board of Pediatrics eligible for pediatric hematology-oncology or should have received equivalent training as judged by the program directors.


Fellows interested in this fellowship training program must complete and submit an application, two letters of reference, a curriculum vitae and a statement of interest. Download the Application Fellows interested in this fellowship training should email their curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation to:

Program Director David G. Poplack, MD Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers 1102 Bates Ave., Suite 1570 Houston, TX 77030 832-822-4556