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Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

About Our Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program

Through its volume and diversity, the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital provides the fellows with broad exposure to gynecologic malignancies. Ample opportunity for performing radical pelvic surgery and managing GI, urologic, and vascular problems caused by gynecologic cancer, or its treatment, is present during this three-year fellowship.

Most importantly, the experience of selecting the appropriate treatment to recommend to patients, based on the nuances of their specific disease, is provided. Questions of ethics and philosophy are central to every day functioning in women's oncology. The values of relationship-centered care are learned and appreciated by all.

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Program in Women's Oncology
Women & Infants Hospital/Brown University
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI 02905-2401

p. (401) 453-7520 ext. 47223
f. (401) 453-7529

Fellowship Director
Ashley R. Stuckey, MD
astuckey@wihri.org

Fellowship Coordinator
Debra Mallon
dlmallon@wihri.org

Prerequisites

ABOG eligibility and state medical license

First Year Salary

PGY 5-7 scale plus stipend for conferences, memberships, and educational materials

Program Contents

Research (12 months)
Clinical/Surgical (24 months)

Why Choose the Gyn Oncology Fellowship?

Gain experience in both outpatient and inpatient chemotherapy

Experience in both outpatient and inpatient chemotherapy is another strength of the program. The fellow is completely integrated into the team which plans and implements these treatments. This environment is designed to foster spontaneous discussions and participation in treatment in a culture concerned with quality-of-care and quality-of-life.

Acquire leadership skills in gynecologic oncology and women's health

As the center of an integrated cancer network, substantial resources and educational opportunities exist through Brown University teaching hospitals and other affiliate institutions. In the past, our fellows completed an additional year which included a breast fellowship. While no longer mandatory, after completion of the three-year gynecologic oncology fellowship, fellows will have the option of an additional year in which to complete a breast fellowship.

A fully approved residency program in obstetrics and gynecology

The gynecologic oncology program participates in a fully approved residency program in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as all the relevant disciplines at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The systems for clinical care and education have been well established and are effective for all concerned – including the teaching of residents and medical students. Brown University and its affiliated hospitals offer capabilities for complex research, and the program's high patient and surgical volume allows fulfillment of a comprehensive educational mission. Our health care model has led us to become the region's oncology leader with a bright and compelling future.

Build a sustainable sphere of influence

The program is constantly developing new relationships with allied institutions, services, and physicians to build a sustainable sphere of influence. The vision encompasses a multi-institutional, integrated cancer network covering a wide, tri-state geographic region. Utilizing various means of outreach and the video conferencing network, still, the hub for cancer expertise will always be with "us" here in Providence. Program administration designed as a physician-led "service-line" is employed to foster a comprehensive, multidisciplinary cancer program for women. Fellows gain experience in administering such programs to assure a leadership role in more than clinical care in their future positions.

The umbrella of comprehensive women's oncology services provides a continuum of care with many dimensions including:

  • A multi-disciplinary team of physicians which functions as a health care model convening weekly in the open forum, Tumor Board
  • Six board-certified and two board-eligible gynecologic oncologists, and two medical oncologists
  • Senior fellow continuity clinic which provides opportunity for the senior fellow to evaluate and then manage their “own” patients including both surgical and adjuvant therapies
  • An excellent medical and support staff working in state-of-the-art facilities
  • A broad array of treatment options including the latest cancer research protocols
  • On-site tumor registry and data management
  • An outpatient chemotherapy and IV treatment unit
  • A dedicated research division housed in the Department of Ob/Gyn available to support fellow and resident research
  • Three oncology genetic counselors who are involved in fellow education and genetic research projects. A weekly genetics case conference is held to review interesting cases as well as updates in the field of genetics
  • Oncology social workers, nurse practitioners, nurse navigators, nutritionists, and pharmacists on-site and integrated as part of the multi-disciplinary team
  • A humanistic decision making program managing home care and hospice services.
  • One palliative care physician who is integral to our inpatient care and who provides invaluable teaching to our fellows during dedicated palliative care clinics
  • Ongoing cutting-edge basic and translational research. The program is a national leader in industry and cooperative group trials (NRG, etc.)
  • Participation in a video-linked Molecular Tumor Board with other centers around the country where complex cases are reviewed and potential targeted therapies discussed
  • Nationally recognized integrative care program including therapeutic massage, acupuncture, meditation, art therapy, and animal companionship during chemotherapy and in follow-up
  • An Oncology Rehabilitation Program that includes physical therapists, occupational therapists and lymphedema certified specialists
  • The Women & Infants' Telemedicine Network ("Virtual Presence"): an interactive video conference linkage between the oncology program, the hospital conference rooms, and a network of hospitals in New England who look to us for leadership in cancer care
  • Poetry, art, performance art, and much more
  • A broad political and "real-world" (e.g. business, economic, cultural) view of health care is also taught, offering fellows a perspective on the rapidly changing world of health care

Goals of the Gyn Oncology Fellowship Program

  • Superior Academics
  • Multidisciplinary Teams
  • Foundation of Excellence
  • Values-based Care

Our goal is to continue providing the highest level of medical and humanistic education for fellows, conducted in a superior academic (clinical/research/teaching) gynecologic oncology program. The process of education and creativity is difficult, continuously evolving and fun; and so it is for our three-year gynecologic oncology fellowship. By exposure to the management of a wide variety of gynecologic malignancies, fellows have broad experience in modern diagnostic and therapeutic methods and gain the insight to intellectually approach caring for the entirety of the cancer patient. In the context of a multidisciplinary team serving inpatients and outpatients, the fellows of our three-year fellowship program learn to treat gynecologic cancers (and their complications) employing multiple options including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

Fellows have central involvement in a working-model multidisciplinary team that provides clinical, research, and academic leadership in women's health care and gyn oncology. Fellows help lead our open-forum prospective Tumor Board (a multidisciplinary panel of physicians and allied health professionals from various Brown University hospitals which meets weekly to review every malignancy presenting to Women & Infants). The Tumor Board forum continuously challenges thinking through its discussions between the region's leading medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, genetic counselors, pathologists, and gynecologic oncologists. Weekly Tumor Board is also offered through our telemedicine network to allied institutions in New England.

Another goal of the fellowship is to afford its fellows a foundation for pursuing the investigative and scholarly aspects of oncology, in the anticipation of their academic career path. Our Program actively participates in both clinical and basic research in the effort to advance the knowledge and treatment of cancer, while maintaining cutting-edge relevance within the Program itself. Fellows have a dedicated experience in these efforts. The research year allows the fellow to gain in-depth knowledge and an appreciation of the broader requirements needed to sustain basic science research. More limited research time is also available to the fellows during the two clinical years, such that projects may be continued and completed while others are started.

As part of the Women's Oncology Program, fellows gain experience with multi-institutional research groups such as the:

  • Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG-now also known as NRG)
  • National Cancer Institute (NIH)

Further, fellows work within Brown University's extensive research network. Goals of the research experience are to afford patients the latest scientific insight and to encourage physician-researchers to pursue, and seek funding for, their special scientific interests. Facilitating a current understanding and a stimulus for future continued learning is at the heart of the fellowship program's ideals.

Finally, it is a fellowship goal to foster an exploration about humanism, values, values-based care, and creating a health care system in which we can all believe. Towards that end, fellows receive education about, and experience in, leadership that they become effective advocates for, and administrators of, those principles upon which quality medical care and education are based. This role (i.e. health care leader) becomes particularly relevant in ever constraining economic and political times which look to profoundly affect health care, teaching and research. The balance of ideals, relevance, and reality is a skill that will be required of the physician-leaders of the future. Thus, this is part of our fellow's educational experience.

Application Information & Deadlines

All interested candidates are required to submit their applications electronically to ERAS (Electronic Resident Application Service).

The deadline for completed applications is April 15, 2020 with those applicants being considered for the start date of July 1, 2021. Interview invitations will be sent out Wednesday, May 6, 2020. For questions, please contact Debra Mallon at dlmallon@wihri.org.

For more information regarding fellowship training resources through SGO, please visit sgo.org/education/fellowship-applicants/.

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