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Program Director: Jennifer Gass, MD
Breast Health Center
Women & Infants Hospital
101 Dudley Street Providence, RI 02905

Contact: Jessica Perry
E-Mail: Phone: (401) 277-1122, ext. 47241

Women & Infants Hospital is the major teaching hospital in women's health care for The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The hospital is committed to training medical students, residents, and fellows and offers several fellowships for advanced specialty training. The Breast Health Center offers a one-year fellowship in breast disease accredited by the Society of Surgical Oncologists (SSO). This fellowship is offered to surgically-trained physicians who have completed a residency in their specialty (typically general surgery and ob/gyn).

Preferred candidates have demonstrated a strong interest in breast disease. The Breast Disease Fellowship begins with a rotation in our Breast Health Center's surgical offices and a two-week course in clinical research. The fellow then begins clinical rotations, including:

  • Radiation oncology.
  • Medical oncology.
  • Radiology.
  • Pathology.

In December, the fellow rejoins the Breast Health Center, seeing patients in the surgical offices with attendings, and ultimately, managing their own surgical sessions. The breast fellow is responsible for supervising the second-year residents who complete a two-month rotation at the Breast Health Center.

Ongoing education activities include:

  • The weekly prospective multidisciplinary tumor board.
  • A monthly journal club.
  • Monthly didactic sessions.
  • Psycho-social grand rounds.

In addition, bi-monthly psychology rounds are held with a psychologist to address interpersonal matters of patient care, effective human-to-human communication, and death and dying. There is also a quarterly Breast Health Center retreat that provides opportunity to discuss in-house protocols and treatment guidelines by all involved disciplines.

Research is an integral part of the Breast Disease Fellowship and the program affords fellows a foundation for pursuing the investigative and scholarly aspects of breast disease. The Breast Health Center actively participates in clinical and basic science research to advance the knowledge and treatment of breast cancer. As part of the Program in Women's Oncology, fellows gain experience with such multi-institutional research groups as:

The Program in Women's Oncology and Women & Infants offers laboratory space in the Kilguss Research Institute, a 25,000-square foot facility that provides a collegial environment for collaboration.

The umbrella of comprehensive breast health services provides a continuum of care with many dimensions including:

  • Multidisciplinary team of physicians which functions as a health care model convening weekly in the open forum prospective Tumor Board.
  • Representative disciplines of general surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and palliative medicine psychiatry.
  • On-site Tumor Registry and data management.
  • Outpatient chemotherapy and IV treatment unit.
  • Oncology social workers, nutritionists and pharmacists on site, integrated as part of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Continuing medical education for the community.
  • Humanistic decision-making, program-based home care, and hospice services.
  • A nationally-recognized Integrative Care Program of therapeutic massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, meditation, art therapy, animal companionship during chemotherapy and follow-up, and numerous support groups for patients and their families.
All interested candidates are required to submit their applications electronically to the Society of Surgical Oncologists (SSO).

Items to be included are:

  • One copy of completed application form.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • A letter of personal statement.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons best qualified to vouch for the character and professional qualifications of the applicant.
  • In-service scores.
  • A creative piece (favorite poem, song lyrics, artwork, etc.). This does not have to be an original piece of work.
  • A 2 x 3 inch photograph (Any item that cannot be downloaded through the SSO, may be sent directly to contact information below.)
Please note the deadline for completed applications is July 15, with those applications being considered for the following year's start date of July 1.