Surgical oncology has emerged as an essential specialty in the multidisciplinary care of cancer patients. As a specialty, surgical oncology recognizes that optimal care of many cancer patients relies on the coordinated efforts of an interdisciplinary team. Surgical oncologists do not view surgical procedures in isolation. Instead, they consider each operation within the context of a treatment plan that may incorporate chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or alternative approaches before, during and after surgery.
This clinical fellowship provides qualified candidates the opportunity to gain in-depth exposure to the surgically based interdisciplinary management of patients with a wide range of cancer-related illnesses. The program also offers the opportunity to participate in clinical surgical oncology research in a clinically busy and academically rigorous unit. The division places emphasizes treatment of hepatobiliary and pancreatic malignancies, both areas of special strength.
The training program is 24 months in length.
Prerequisite Training / Selection Criteria
We offer the program to fully trained general surgeons (five-year general surgery residency training program), who desire further experience in surgical oncology. Attending staff within the division interview all eligible physicians, who are then ranked by our selection committee.
Goals and Objectives
Upon successful completion of the program the fellow will have gained competency in the following areas:
- Evaluation, surgical management and follow-up of patients with a wide range of malignancies within the context of a multidisciplinary cancer team.
- Performance of clinical research related to surgical oncology, with proven understanding of study design, methods of data analysis and presentation of results.
- Skilled performance in a wide range of complex surgical procedures (both laparoscopic and open), as well as other core surgical oncology procedures ( sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer and melanoma, radiofrequency ablation of hepatic tumors, wide excision of cutaneous malignancy).