Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Training Program

Program Information

  • Host Institution: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Program Specialty/Subspecialty: Gynecologic Oncology
  • Program Address (mailing): 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115
  • Program Address (physical): ASB-1, Third Floor, A3173
  • Program Phone Number: (617) 732-8843
  • Program Fax Number: (617) 738-5124
  • Program Email: cfeltmate@bwh.harvard.edu
  • Program Director: Colleen Feltmate, MD
  • Program Alternate Contact (Olga Pagan, Fellowship Coordinator): opagan@bwh.harvard.edu

Introduction

  • History: The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) was established in 1978. Forty-five individuals have completed the training program since its inception.
  • Duration: The training program is currently three years in duration.
  • Prerequisite Training/Selection Criteria: The individuals entering the Gynecologic Oncology Training Program are required to be board eligible in Obstetrics and Gynecology. More than 100 applications are reviewed each year through the National Residency Matching Program. We rank graduating Obstetrics and Gynecology residents who excel in clinical care, teaching and investigation.
  • Goals and Objectives for Training: The goal of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is to train compassionate, technically competent, and intellectually curious fellows who will be leaders in women’s care.
  • Program Certifications: The program is certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The last comprehensive review including a site visit was completed in 2018.

Resources

Teaching Staff

  • Ross S. Berkowitz, MD, William H. Baker Professor of Gynecology, Harvard Medical School
  • Michelle R. Davis, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
  • Aiven Dyer, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School
  • Kevin M. Elias, MD, Instructor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
  • Sarah Feldman, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
  • Colleen M. Feltmate, MD, Associate Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
  • Neil S. Horowitz, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
  • Ursula Matulonis, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Michael G. Muto, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
  • Marissa Nucci, MD, Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
  • Elizabeth Rickerson, MD, Instructor in Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
  • Jessica D. St. Laurent, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Facilities

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Educational Program

Clinical and Research Components

The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Training Program is divided into three distinct years; year one is devoted to investigation in the Gynecologic Oncology Laboratory under the direction and supervision of Dr. Kevin Elias, Director, Gynecologic Oncology Laboratory. This is an exceptionally productive experience in which the fellow has an opportunity to substantially advance our understanding of the molecular biology of ovarian cancer. During this first year of investigation, the fellow has limited clinical responsibilities including: Provides clinical coverage every third weekend as part of the call schedule and half a day once a week colposcopy clinic for gynecologic oncology.

The second and third years are devoted to clinical care. The gynecologic oncology fellow spends eight months on the Gynecologic Oncology service and one month on Pain and Palliative Care in year two of the fellowship. During the third year the fellow has primary inpatient responsibilities for four months, and the fellow also also divides their time between Radiation Oncology, Pain and Palliative Care, and Medical Oncology. The third-year fellow spends more time in ambulatory care and gets the schedule for the operating room coverage. Four weeks of vacation are guaranteed in each of the years of training. Fellows providing clinical care are supervised at all times by the faculty of Gynecologic Oncology, Medical Gynecologic Oncology, or Radiation Oncology.

Participant’s Supervisory and Patient Care Responsibilities

The fellow directly participates in the pre- and post-operative evaluation of patients with gynecologic malignancy. Full supervision on the clinical service is provided by the gynecologic oncology attending of the week with continuous supervision by faculty multiple times daily to provide necessary supervision to enrich the educational experience. In addition, the fellow has supervisory responsibility for one senior resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology, an intern in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a physician assistant centered on inpatient service.

Procedural Requirements

The gynecologic oncology fellow is required to demonstrate proficiency in a broad range of surgical procedures including radical hysterectomy, total laparoscopic hysterectomy with lymphadenectomy, cytoreductive surgery, radical vulvectomy for carcinoma of the vulva, and evaluation and management of patients with trophoblastic disease. These general and special requirements are outlined in the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Special Requirements documents.

Didactic Components

The first-year fellow must complete two post-graduate level courses: Introduction to Biostatistics and The Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer. In addition, there is a weekly didactic lecture series structured to broadly cover the field of Gynecologic Oncology. These lectures occur at a protected time where there are no other clinical duties. There are also weekly journal club reviews organized by the fellows. Tumor board is organized and run by the fellows in a rotating schedule.

Progression of Responsibilities by PGY Level

Both the second and third year fellows actively manage patients on the Gynecologic Oncology service, the third-year fellow has progressive growth in their responsibilities for in-patient and operative care. While the management of all patients is supervised by full-time faculty members on a daily basis, the third-year fellow functions more like a junior faculty member. The third-year fellow is expected to perform the more complicated operative procedures with less intense supervision and scrutiny than the second year fellow. It is to be emphasized that at all operative procedures a full-time faculty member is present at the operating room table. The third-year fellow is also expected to have greater responsibilities for teaching the residents and medical students and in organizing the weekly didactic teaching conference.

Evaluation

Information, continuous feedback is a cornerstone of the program. The fellowship director also meets quarterly with fellows and summarize feedback from attending, nurses, ancillary staff, and residents. We also review career goals and objectives twice a year. All reviews and milestones are documented in New Innovations.

In the first year the formal evaluation centers on progressing the molecular biology laboratory. In the second and third years, the evaluations focus on the development of clinical skills of both inpatient and ambulatory care and the assessment of surgical skills. The fellows’ medical knowledge is assessed weekly by the on call attendings. Interpersonal, and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning, and teaching skills are assessed using rotation evaluations. These evaluations are completed by the faculty and twice yearly the Program Director meets with each of the three fellows formally to review these evaluations. At the completion of the academic year, there is a summary meeting with the Program Director in which areas requiring attention are again reviewed and improvements noted.

In addition to a formal evaluation of the fellows, each fellow evaluates each faculty member on an annual basis.

Application

If you are interested in applying to the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, please complete your application via ERAS at www.aamc.org/eras. The ERAS program number to apply to our program is 2252422001. The deadline for all application materials including the completed application, curriculum vitae, personal statement, official medical school transcript, USMLE scores, (CREOG scores will be accepted if you do not have USMLE scores), and three letters of recommendation is Monday, April 1, 2024. Invitations will go out on Friday, April 26, 2024, and our interview date is Friday, July 12, 2024.

More information for Fellowship Applicants

If you have questions please contact Olga L. Pagan, opagan@partners.org, opagan@bwh.harvard.edu (617) 732-8843.

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