Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology
This is a two year clinical training program with an optional third year for research or focussed training in robotic surgery.
Content and Sequence of Rotations/Number of Months (or 4-week blocks)
The first year of training focussed mainly on the care of the critically ill medical and surgical patients and to achieve core competencies in gynaecologic oncology. Formal instructions will also be given in research methodology and critical appraisal skills by didactic lecture series and real world application through regular journal club and mortality and morbidity round presentations. The residents will be expected to fully integrate themselves into the multidisciplinary model of care environment and to function as leader within the team under the supervision of attending staffs.
Graduated goals include competency in the management of inpatient unit/assistance with inpatients consultation/ competencies with radical surgical procedures as applicable to gynaecologic oncology/Tumor Board discussion participation. Active involvement in the evaluation and stabilization of patients presenting to emergency department is expected.
With regard to surgical exposures, the resident in the first year will go through a graduated experience in radical and complex gynaecologic oncology procedures by open and robotic approaches as per program objectives. At present, the division operates five days a week allowing for significant case load variety and volumes .During this year the first year resident is expected to keep a detailed learning portfolio of cases which are linked to programs objectives which are reviewed on a monthly basis by supervising faculties and at the 6 months review with the program director.
The second year consisted of 5 months in non gynaecologic oncology rotations. This includes 2 months of medical oncology, 2 months of radiation oncology and one month of elective time. The remaining time (7 months) will be done in gynaecologic oncology where the resident will assume the role of a junior consultant gynecologic oncologist.
Leadership of the inpatient and outpatient services with primary management of the multidisciplinary team (MDS) and Chemotherapy Day Care unit will be the expectation of the resident for this year. Furthermore, the resident is expected to take on teaching responsibilities in the O.R. to junior residents in general obstetrics and gynecology as appropriate. Within the medical oncology/radiation oncology rotations they will function as residents with staff supervision as per rotation specific objectives.