The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship is a 12-month clinical oncology training program provided at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI); Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), including Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH); and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The fellowship prepares trainees in surgery for an academic career devoted to the screening, diagnosis, multidisciplinary treatment and study of patients with breast cancer and benign breast disease.
The fellowship includes rotations at each of these sites. The clinical practice sees more than 2500 new breast cancer patients per year at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and MGH respectively and enrolls more than 200 patients per month into clinical trials.
The program employs an apprenticeship-style approach combined with an intensive multidisciplinary experience in the management of breast malignancies. Fellows work directly with two to three faculty members at a time during the course of a month within a specific disease discipline. The timing of research electives is flexible to accommodate specific academic goals and to allow time for abstract submissions and manuscript preparation.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are scientific, clinical and academic powerhouses with long histories of firsts. We foster a shared commitment to predict, prevent, and treat the world’s toughest cancers. Our collaborations are changing the future of oncological care worldwide.
Our culture in providing excellence in multidisciplinary patient care, teaching and research affords an exceptional environment for clinical training and participation in exciting advances in basic and clinical research.
Committed to teaching and mentoring the next generation of surgeons and leaders in medicine, our faculty is comprised of experienced breast oncologists who impart a breadth of knowledge and expertise during clinics and in the operating room. In addition, basic and clinical research mentors provide many research opportunities for fellows.
DFCI/BWH Site Program Director
Mehra Golshan, MD
MGH Site Program Directors
Barbara L. Smith, MD, PhD
Michelle Spect, MD
DFCI/BWH Program Coordinator
MGH Administrative Manager Surgical Oncology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is located in the Longwood medical and academic area in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of Harvard Medical School's primary teaching affiliates. With Massachusetts General Hospital, it is one of the two founding members of Partners HealthCare, the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts. Brigham and Women’s Health Care is the parent corporation for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization. We serve patients from New England, throughout the United States, and from 120 countries around the world. BWH is an internationally-known referral center for the most complex cases in nearly all areas of medicine and surgery. Our Breast Surgery Service cares for patients with benign breast disease and all types and stages of breast cancer, offering specialty programs and a program for those at risk.
Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) is a community teaching hospital located in Jamaica Plain, just 3.4 miles from the Longwood medical area. With a long history of meeting the health care needs of the residents of southwest Boston and surrounding suburbs, BWFH offers comprehensive medical, surgical and psychiatric care as well as complete emergency, ambulatory and diagnostic services. The Comprehensive Breast Health Program (CBHP) provides a patient-centered approach to breast cancer detection and treatment.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) is located in the Longwood medical and academic area. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute cares for adults with cancer in specialized treatment centers, focused on specific cancer types. As an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, DFCI also provides training for new generations of physicians and scientists, designs programs that promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations, and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries to target communities across the United States and throughout the world.
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is located in the West End of Boston. MGH has five multidisciplinary care centers to offer patients comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical care. The Mass General Cancer Center offers a coordinated team approach tailored to the individual needs of each patient. In addition, MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides a full range of pediatric health care services.
We require the following documents to be available for download through ERAS for an application to be reviewed:
The application process for the fellowship is handled through the Society of Surgical Oncology website. Visit this site for more information about applications and supporting documentation.
Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character.
Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, it is not possible to interview all who apply. Those who are invited will be notified approximately one month prior to the date of the scheduled interview.
The dates for the interview season are late summer/early autumn of the year prior to starting the fellowship. All interviews are conducted on a single day.
Interviews are conducted at BWH/DFCI during odd-numbered years and at MGH during even-numbered years.
The interview day begins with a breakfast and introductory remarks by the program directors. Following the introduction, each candidate will meet with faculty from BWH and MGH. Current fellows and surgery residents interested in breast disease will be on hand throughout the day to visit informally with the candidates between interviews and to conduct hospital tours. The interview sessions conclude in the afternoon. A buffet lunch is provided. For applicants who arrive the night before, a reception is held so applicants may interact and meet with current fellows, residents interested in breast disease and our breast surgical mid-level providers.
For the purposes of making travel arrangements, applicants may anticipate being finished with all interview and tour activities by 4pm. Please visit hotel accommodations for more information.
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