Surgical Oncology Fellowship Curriculum

The goal of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship program is for fellows to gain an understanding of the basic principles of oncology, surgical pathology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology, as well as an appreciation for research and academic endeavors is highlighted.

Fellows will gain extensive experience in the surgical treatment of sarcomas, melanoma and malignancies of the:

  • Breast
  • Head/neck
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Liver
  • Biliary structures
  • Pancreas

They will perform surgical procedures, evaluate consultations and see follow up patients in clinic under the direct supervision of attending physicians. Further, fellows function as part of multidisciplinary teams caring for patients with oncologic disease.

During the course of the training program, the fellow will rotate through

  • Medical oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Surgical pathology
  • Thoracic oncology
  • Gynecologic oncology

There will also be the opportunity to take elective rotations in areas of specific individual interest.

Fellows will be required to help supervise and teach residents and medical students, and will also participate in

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Rounds
  • Grand Rounds
  • Run a surgical oncology journal club

Conferences and Didactics

Fellows are required to attend weekly and monthly conferences including:

  • Grand Rounds and Morbidity/Mortality conference
  • Multidisciplinary Tumor Board
  • Breast Conference
  • HepatoPancreaticoBiliary Oncology Conference

In addition, the Surgical Oncology faculty sponsor annual Multimodality Breast Cancer and HPB/Gastrointestinal Oncology conferences which draw participants from throughout the state.

Research Opportunities

Research interests will be discussed with the fellow at the beginning of the academic year, and will include:

  • Clinical/translational projects
  • Protocol development for investigator-initiated studies
  • Optional laboratory experience in basic science

The goal is for the fellow to complete at least one clinical research project during each year of the fellowship. The Surgical Oncology Service maintains active prospective databases of patients treated in its Peritoneal Perfusion, Lymphatic Mapping, Esophagectomy and the Pancreas/Hepatobiliary Surgery program which provides excellent data for clinical research projects. In addition, there are full-time research coordinators available to assist with data collection and manuscript preparation.