About the Fellowship

The Fellowship Selection Process

Fellowship candidates must have successfully completed a five-year accredited program in general surgery.

Fellowship Objectives

The breast fellowship will enable the trainee to acquire an advanced body of knowledge and level of skill in the evaluation and treatment of patients with breast disease and those at high-risk for breast cancer.

Fellows will gain

  • Understanding of the biology, evaluation and treatment of benign breast disease, including screening for breast cancer.
  • Experience in the evaluation of breast problems in an office-based setting.
  • Training in the classification and evaluation of mammographic abnormalities as well as the indications, techniques and complications of image-guided breast biopsy.
  • The ability to counsel patients on treatment options for the loco-regional therapy of breast cancer.
  • Mastery of surgical techniques involved in the care of patients with breast disease, including sentinel lymphadenectomy, ductal lavage, insertion of radiotherapy catheters and oncoplastic techniques.
  • Experience in basic cytology and pathology of the breast.
  • Training in the indications, complications, techniques, results and, biology of breast irradiation.
  • Understanding of the indications, results and basic biology of systemic therapy for breast cancer.
  • Ability to critically evaluate the relevant medical literature and make meaningful contributions to the field.
  • The fellow will attend structured didactic basic science and clinical lectures locally and nationally.

Fellows will be recommended for an appointment at the level of Clinical Instructor in Surgery for the duration of the fellowship.

Fellowship Organization

The fellowship is organized as follows:

  • Rotation: Breast Surgery and Plastic Surgery
    Training Period: 9 months
  • Rotation: Breast Imaging
    Training Period: 4 weeks
  • Rotation: Medical Oncology and Outpatient Clinics
    Training Period: 2 weeks
  • Rotation: Pathology
    Training Period: 2 weeks
  • Rotation: Radiation Oncology/Genetic Counseling
    Training Period: 2 weeks

Evaluation

Fellows will be evaluated during each rotation by participating faculty. In addition, the program director will meet with the fellow at three months, six months and 11 months to provide performance feedback.

Fellows will be assessed on their success in meeting the goals for curriculum and skills acquisition. In addition, fellows will be expected to:

  • Complete at least one scholarly project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Give at least one presentation in a national meeting
  • Participate in teaching medical students and residents