Curriculum

As a fellow, you work on the following surgical services, both in inpatient and outpatient settings:

  • Breast/Melanoma
  • Hepatobiliary/Transplant
  • General Surgical Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Pathology
  • Head and Neck
  • Thoracic
  • Palliative Care

If you are interested, you can also spend time on other services such as orthopedic oncology and thoracic oncology.

During clinical rotations, you supervise and teach the house staff and medical students accordingly. You are also responsible for following all patients that you assist in the operating room. You serve as a resource for house staff and medical students to help them manage the patients on their service. In addition, you accompany the attending on-call for daily work rounds and provide coverage for the senior resident on weekends and post-call days.

Clinical Research

Clinical research is another important part of the fellowship. Fellows devote four months of full-time work to clinical and/or basic science research. If you are involved with basic science research, then we assign you a formal lab mentor and help you choose a project that can be completed within six months. The program director or division chief approves the lab, mentor, and project. As part of the research project, you design and write a prospective trial suitable for Institutional Review Board submission and approval.

Our fellows participate in a variety of clinical research projects. The projects can take the form of database reviews, clinical outcomes research, and/or retrospective reviews. We anticipate that your research will yield a number of presentations at national meetings, as well as at least one prepared manuscript.

There is an option of completing an extra year of clinical research fellowship, if interested.

Lectures and Conferences

Education occurs at all levels at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Our surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists, and other physicians meet weekly to discuss complex and instructive cases. This collaboration helps us plan well-coordinated, comprehensive patient care. Fellows attend the following conferences regularly:

  • Esophagus, Gastric, and Colorectal Multidisciplinary Tumor Board: Mondays at 5:00 pm
  • Fellows’ Didactic Conference: Tuesdays at 8:00 am
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology, Hepatopancreatobiliary Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Conference: Tuesdays at 7:00 am
  • Surgical Morbidity and Mortality: Wednesdays at 7:00 am
  • Surgical Grand Rounds: Wednesdays at 7:45 am
  • Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Conference: Fridays at 8:00 am
  • Sarcoma Conference: Thursdays at 5:00 pm
  • Liver Interventional Radiology Conference: Thursdays at 7:00 am
  • Divisional Research Conference: Every 2 weeks (Fridays) at 8:00 am
  • Hepatobiliary Clinical/Pathological Conference: Fridays at 8:30 am
  • Head and Neck/Endocrine Conference: Monthly
  • Skin and Melanoma Conference: Monthly
  • Society of Surgical Oncology Conference: Every three months
  • Regional Perfusion Conference: Every three months

Our fellows are vital members of our health care team. In addition to clinical, teaching, supervision, and research responsibilities, you are responsible for the following:

  • Performing Grand Rounds on a topic of your choice once a year
  • Preparing cases for the multidisciplinary gastrointestinal oncology conference co-run by the Division of Surgical Oncology and the Division of Gastroenterology
  • Helping coordinate and organize weekly pre-operative conference
  • Holding office hours at least twice a week

Duty Hours

Mount Sinai strictly adheres to the Duty Hour Compliance guidelines mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and New York State law. Specific limitations on fellow work hours can be found at www.acgme.org under "What We Do" > “Common Program Requirements.” Review the approved Section VI common program requirements from March 10, 2017. 

The following duty hour guidelines include:

  • Fellows must not work no more than 80 hours per week averaged over 4 weeks
  • Fellows must take at least one complete calendar day off per week (Sun. – Sat.)
  • A consecutive call period must not exceed 24 hours
  • Fellows must receive 10 hours off between shifts