May 31, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 22



Aventis grant aids hematology/oncology trainees

PHOTO Dr. Geoffrey Weiss (third from left) accepts a grant check for the Hematology/Oncology Clinical Fellowship Training Program from Aventis Pharmaceuticals representatives (L-R) Jeff Tostado, Mike Bushi, Ray Daniels and Stephanie Mitchell.

The Hematology/Oncology Clinical Fellowship Training Program received the first $50,000 installment of a three-year grant from Aventis Pharmaceuticals. The check was presented to Dr. Geoffrey Weiss, professor and deputy chairman of medical oncology and director of the training program, during the division of medical oncology's semiannual hematology/oncology clinical fellowship training program retreat at the Parman Conference Center.

The goal of the training program is to prepare fellows for successful academic careers in medical oncology and/or hematology. Graduates learn to care for patients, submit fundable grant proposals, establish a research program, publish papers, teach students and housestaff, and prepare lucid hand-outs and lectures. Upon completion of the program, trainees are eligible for the American Boards of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Weiss has been director of the training program since 1982. Under his leadership, many trainees have gone on to become successful medical oncologists at nationally recognized health care institutions.

In addition to his responsibilities at the Health Science Center, Dr. Weiss also serves as chief of medical services at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie Murphy Division.