The fellowship in gynecologic oncology is a four-year program designed to train obstetrician-gynecologists for careers in academic gynecologic oncology. Training is carried out at our main teaching facility, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and its affiliate institutions.
The other two years of the fellowship are devoted to the following:
- 21 months of acquiring research skills in the Laboratory of Gynecologic Oncology within the Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research
- One month of pathology and radiation therapy
- Two months of surgical critical care
The goal of this fellowship is to prepare outstanding obstetrician-gynecologists for productive careers in academic gynecologic oncology. This program provides the clinical, instructional, and investigational foundation for such a pursuit. As set forth in the “Guide to Learning in Gynecologic Oncology,” training will be provided in the comprehensive screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancers of the female genital tract and their complications. This includes radical pelvic and reconstructive surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Particular emphasis is placed on comprehensive care of the gynecologic oncology patient, development of excellent surgical techniques, critical care, clinical trials, and investigational agents. This training complies with the guidelines for certification as a subspecialist in gynecologic oncology as set forth by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It also permits the fellow to be recognized by patients and colleagues as a consultant in gynecologic oncology.
The fellow will be actively involved in the didactic and clinical education of medical students and residents. Basic and clinical research experience will be provided to allow the fellow to design, develop, and obtain support for their own studies as well as direct the efforts of others. It is expected that gynecologic oncologists completing this fellowship will be excellent candidates for NIH or other society-supported career development awards.
The strengths of this fellowship program are both its research and clinical components. The research years provide dedicated time to acquiring basic investigational skills in a gynecologic oncology laboratory. Here, the fellow will learn the basics of hypothesis-driven research, grant preparation, and peer-review presentations and publication skills. During this time, the fellow has limited clinical assignments and devotes all his or her time to this research effort and the graduate course work required by ABOG.
The clinical aspect of the program is remarkable for its diversity and exposure to patient care at Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern University Hospitals. The strengths of the fellowship and its intent of academic preparation has been recognized by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and its Texas Division in the form of awarded Clinical Oncology Fellowships.