Fellowships offer a pathway for physicians to hone their skills in a subspecialty through structured training and research, and the options continue to expand. Among the new additions to the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Fellowship Match for 2018 is gynecologic oncology, which focuses on the study and treatment of malignancies arising in the female reproductive tract.
The NRMP lists 50 programs that are participating in the December 2018 application cycle, including five that are new participants this year. Gynecologic oncology fellowships are three to four years in length, typically with two years of clinical exposure that includes medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical intensive care, palliative care and more, as well as a year or more of research. Fellows are involved in all aspects of the patients’ care, from initial evaluation to treatment and terminal care. Some programs, such as the University of Virginia, offer an option to attain a Master of Public Health or other master’s degree during the designated research period.
Applicants may begin applying to programs starting December 1. At the completion of the fellowship, they are eligible for board certification in gynecologic oncology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Additional information on the subspecialty can be found through the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists at www.sgo.org.
For more information on Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) participating specialties and programs for 2018, view the full list here.
AUC grad Mitchell Clark, MD ’12 began a three-year gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of Toronto after completing his OB/GYN residency. >> Read his story