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Graduate Medical Education (GME): Surgical Oncology

Fellowship Program Director: Jeremy L. Davis, M.D.

The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program trains surgeons committed to academic careers in the growing field of surgical oncology. The program instructs surgical oncologists in a combined modality approach to the evaluation and treatment of cancer patients that includes primary surgical treatment, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation therapy; and provides a solid basis for the conduct of clinical and laboratory research. The Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program is a two-year training program of which six months of the first year are dedicated to clinical training in surgical oncology with rotations on various clinical surgical services. Eighteen months are spent in one of the laboratories of the Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch or the Surgery Branch dedicated to basic science and translational research. For those interested in clinical immunotherapy, a year preceding or following the research fellowship are offered to select candidates under Dr. Steven A Rosenberg.

Program Structure
During the first year fellows rotate on the surgical oncology service, the surgical consult service, endocrine surgery service, and thoracic surgery service. The surgical oncology and thoracic surgery services provide clinical care for patients on various Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch (TGIB) clinical research protocols. The endocrine surgery service provides surgical consultation and treatment for patients on various protocols within the NIH with neoplasms of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal gland, or neuroendocrine tumors.  The consult service provides surgical consultation and care to the adult, pediatric and radiation oncology patients at NCI and provides general surgical consultation not related to cancer for all other institutes at the NIH Clinical Center. The program curriculum consists of weekly clinical conferences for case presentations, pre-operative indications, invited lectures and journal club. In addition, a didactic lecture series is presented by senior staff and covers core topics in surgical oncology. In addition to the two-year Surgical Oncology Fellowship, a one-year clinical immunotherapy fellowship is also available through the Surgery Branch to selected applicants.

Fellows will spend eighteen months in any one of several laboratories in the Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch or Surgery Branch. The  goals of this work include a clear understanding of the experimental method, knowledge of the scientific literature, and formulating  questions for a specific field of study. Emphasis is placed on developing facility with various laboratory techniques, the ability to conduct investigative work independently, and clinical application of laboratory studies. Available within the NCI are extensive state-of-the-art research facilities as well as expertise in a wide variety of areas. The fellows work directly with principal investigators and  regularly present research to members of the laboratory and branch.  Presentation at national clinical and scientific meetings is encouraged.

Additional Information
Surgical Oncology Fellowship Page

Application Information
Apply to this program through the NIH Graduate Medical Education Application System.

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This page last updated on 04/04/2019

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