The training program is three years or 36 months. The resident will engage in 24 months of clinical rotations which will meet the minimum 24 months requirement by the ACGME.
Training Case Requirements:
Minimum numbers of cases are required for graduation. A detailed case log must be maintained by each resident physician, and will be reviewed with the Program Director in the semi-annual evaluation.
Gynecologic Clinical Oncology Lectures
Weekly Resident Didactic Conference:
Residents participate in a weekly one-hour didactic session, which will be led by faculty. Once quarterly, a journal club will meet where new articles are presented by fellows. The residents will rotate leading the journal club conference to give everyone an opportunity to teach and present.
Multidisciplinary tumor boards where certain cases with difficult or controversial pathologic diagnoses and treatment plans are selected and presented by the gynecologic oncology fellows followed by an in-depth review of the pathology, imaging and treatment options. In addition, all surgical cases from the prior two weeks are reviewed and treatment decisions are approved by the faculty. Faculty from pathology, interventional radiology, radiation oncology and gynecologic oncology participate in each conference. Residents and medical students are also invited to attend.
M & M Conferences:
Every other week residents will attend the Morbidity and Mortality meeting where they will participate in correcting systematic errors in our departmental organization and will work on practice improvement in this context.
For the first 12 months fellow will be actively involved in research. A thesis in the area of research the fellow has chosen will be required by the end of their first year as well as a first name publication by the end of the fellowship. The overall goal of our research curriculum is not only research publication but also a comprehensive understanding of research design, analysis and application. Clinical research can be completed in this time but sufficient time must be dedicated to understanding bench research as it relates to clinical care.
West Cancer Center
The primary teaching hospital for the fellowship program is West Cancer Center. There are two campuses located in Memphis, Tennessee. West Cancer Center evaluates approximately 3,500 cancer patients per year and unites multiple specialties – including our Comprehensive Breast Center, Medical Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology and Thoracic Oncology – into a single point of outpatient care. The Gynecologic Oncology Department treats approximately 1,500 patients annually. We offer a comprehensive line of gynecologic oncology services, including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery. West Cancer Center was the site of the first robotic-assisted hysterectomy and lymphadenectomy in the Mid-South. The procedure was performed by Todd Tillmanns, MD, Gynecologic Oncology Program Director. Multidisciplinary, specialty care is practiced where site specific faculty provides most care for their disease subtype.
Moonlighting is allowed but must be approved and monitored by the program director.