Gynecologic Oncology

The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship program is a training program which provides diverse clinical experience with an emphasis and opportunity in research. Fellows train closely with a core faculty of gynecologic oncologists, pathologists, surgeons, as well as other subspecialists in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health. The fellow plays an important role in training residents and medical students. However, the primary emphasis is on fellowship education, with formal course training in the basic sciences, and required attendance at relevant meetings and conferences. Training is adequately flexible to allow pursuit of individual interests and projects, as designed by the fellow and faculty in conjunction with the program director.

The first year of the fellowship is committed to basic science, related to the field of gynecologic oncology. After identifying an appropriate research interest, the fellows design and implement a laboratory project, under the supervision of a mentor. A minimum of two graduate-level courses and time spent in pathology complement the basic science research project. The first year experience allows the fellow to develop research skills, learn methodology and experimental design. For those individuals highly motivated to pursue basic research, an opportunity for additional training upon completion of the clinical portion of the fellowship is possible.

The final two years are spent on the clinical services. The majority of time spent on the gynecologic oncology service. The interests of the faculty span the entire spectrum of the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology. A very favorable faculty to fellow ratio promote individualized instruction with an increasing degree of independence, as determined by the surgical and medical expertise of the fellow. The large patient volume, operative experience, tumor clinics, colposcopy clinics and office practice assure a high level of training which promotes the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for the comprehensive management of women with cancers of the female genital system. During the second year of the fellowship, a two-month elective in radiation oncology and medical oncology provides exposure and enhanced training in these related disciplines.

An emphasis on the educational experience continues throughout the fellowship training, The fellows attend the departmental weekly grand rounds, weekly tumor board, cancer center seminars, and lectures in medical and radiation oncology. During the radiation oncology rotation, a formal course in radiation physics is offered. All fellows are encouraged to present their research at regional or national meetings.

Applicants must be graduates of United States medical schools and have completed at least four years of an approved residency training in obstetrics and gynecology.

The prospective fellow is required to complete an application, participate in the National Matching Program and have at least 2 letters of recommendation. An interview is scheduled for those applicants selected from the initial screening process, following receipt of the application. Deadlines for application, interview process and fellow selections are determined by the National Matching Program.