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May 6, 2019

Mayo Clinic introduces new fellowship programs

By Advancing the Science contributor

Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and the Division of Transfusion Medicine have launched two new graduate medical education fellowship programs — one in cellular therapy and one in clinical informatics. These programs are two of nearly 300 residencies and fellowships in Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

Cellular therapy

The Cellular Therapy Fellowship Program is one of the first in the country to offer a targeted curriculum exclusive to the manufacturing and clinical aspects of cellular therapy. The program provides rotations and exposures in cutting-edge cell therapy in use or under investigation in the clinic, including allogeneic cell banking, mesenchymal stem cells, dendritic cells, hematopoietic progenitor cells and chimeric antigen receptor T cells. The curriculum also emphasizes the development of the technologies and the regulatory and quality systems needed to investigate and manufacture these cells for clinical indications.

The new fellowship is the result of efforts by Eapen Jacob, M.D., and Allan Dietz, Ph.D., to provide enhanced training in a field that continues to evolve and grow. Drs. Jacob and Dietz serve as program director and associate program director, respectively.

Clinical informatics

The Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program is one of 35 such programs in the nation. The two-year American College of Graduate Medical Education-accredited program’s curriculum provides an immersive intraprofessional experience across areas of networks, data governance, data security, data warehouse, medical informatics, practice analytics, knowledge management, clinical decision support, system evaluation, project management and architecture.

Rotations are led by physician faculty members and allied health staff in Information Technology, Office of Information Security, Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Enterprise Analytics, and Informatics and Knowledge Management.

This fellowship program is the result of efforts to meet a demand to increase the pipeline of specialty-trained physicians. Informatics training is a critical asset to the practice and the institution. The program is directed by Thomas Flotte, M.D., and associate program director Taofic Mounajjed, M.D.


This article was originally published in Mayo Clinic's Alumni Magazine, Issue 3, 2019.

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Tags: Allan Dietz, cellular therapy, clinical informatics, Eapen Jacob, Education, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, News, research education, Taofic Mounajjed, Thomas Flotte

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