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Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University offers trainees extensive clinical and research experience within the field.

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 Clinical Experience

The clinical fellows are involved in all aspects of the care of patients with gynecologic malignancies, including outpatient evaluation and follow-up, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as post-operative, intensive and palliative care. The clinical fellows are responsible for the care of all patients on the in-patient gynecologic oncology service and have a supervisory responsibility for the residents rotating on the Gynecologic Oncology service. In the operating room, the fellows are the co-surgeon for all cases, including radical and reconstructive operations, as well as procedures involving the intestine and urinary tract.

The primary site for clinical training is Northwestern Memorial/Prentice Women’s Hospital in downtown Chicago. Prentice Women’s Hospital offers the full spectrum of gynecologic oncology procedures, including routine use of laparoscopic and robotic approaches. The second-year gynecologic oncology fellow spends 11 months on the Gynecologic Oncology service, two weeks in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and two weeks on the Palliative Care service. The third-year fellow also spends 10 months on the Gynecologic Oncology service, with one month spent in Radiation Oncology and Pathology, two weeks on Palliative Care, and two weeks on Colorectal Surgery service. Additionally, the clinical fellows rotate with our gynecologic oncology faculty at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Stroger supplements the fellows’ experience with additional surgical volume, including a greater proportion of open and/or radical procedures for more advanced and/or less common disease presentations and a different patient population.

 Research

Our fellows’ research experiences are diverse and flexible, ranging from laboratory to informatics to health services to various types of traditional clinical research/trials. Fellows are often involved in multiple projects spanning a variety of interests, methodologies and settings. All fellows undergo rigorous training to develop their research skills and academic interests. Fellows are mentored to design, obtain support for and carry out their own studies. Fellows also often direct the research efforts of others. Several research groups within the division and department offer significant investigative opportunities. Additional opportunities are available through the long-standing Northwestern Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program. The division also has a tissue bank of surgical specimens collected for research use. Fellows are encouraged to define and pursue their individual research interests among the opportunities and resources available at the institution and among our collaborators.

Some fellows may qualify for a fully funded Master of Science degree program in Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) during their research year by completing a highly successful one-year executive-style degree program offered at Northwestern’s Chicago campus. The focus of HSOR program is to provide structured education and training in qualitative and quantitative methods, including the development of skills in clinical and biomedical informatics. The degree program also offers formal instruction and multidisciplinary mentorship in preparing manuscripts and writing grants.

 Education

The research and clinical training for fellows is augmented by a comprehensive didactic program. Fellows organize and conduct the weekly Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Conference and monthly Journal Club, present monthly progress reports on research activities and attend the core curriculum lecture series. Fellows are encouraged and supported to attend and present at multiple national and international scientific meetings (SGO, AACR, ASCO). Cadaver labs are part of the routine educational program.

 How to Apply

Application Information

We are now accepting fellowship applications for 2022. The application deadline is Monday, April 5th, 2021. Applicants should submit their applications via Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Although not a requirement, CREOG scores can be emailed to our Program Coordinator, Dara Alynna Belarmino at daraalynna.belarmino@nm.org.

Interview Information

Invitations to interview for our program will be sent out to selected applicants on Monday, April 26th, 2021. Interviews will be held on Friday, June 25th, 2021 and Friday, July 16th, 2021 (tentative).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be conducting all of our interviews remotely via video networking applications. 

If you have additional questions regarding the application season, please contact Dara Alynna Belarmino at daraalynna.belarmino@nm.org.

 Why Northwestern?

Millennium Park in ChicagoHousestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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Meet Our Team

Program Director

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Edward Tanner III, MD
Chief of Gynecologic Oncology

Associate Program Director

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Dario Roque, MD
Assistant Professor

Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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