Surgical Oncology Fellowships
Jeffrey M. Farma, MD, FACS
The Surgical Oncology Fellowship is approved by
The Society of Surgical Oncology
The Department of Surgical Oncology offers a two-year fellowship for surgeons who have completed an approved general surgery residency program.
Each year, three fellows are accepted for a two-year program with an option to spend one or two additional years in research upon completion of this program. The fellowship has been in existence since 1986 and approximately 70% of graduates now occupy academic positions.
Fellows in this program have one of the largest volumes of operative cases in the country. Each fellow should anticipate a well-rounded surgical oncology experience in the technical management of complex problems, as well as surgical decision-making related to all aspects of surgical oncology.
About the Program: Clinical Rotations
The first year of the fellowship includes non-surgical rotations on medical and radiation oncology and pathology services and clinical rotations on melanoma, breast, head and neck, and thoracic surgery, with elective time to be tailored to individual fellows' interests. Fellows are expected to participate in, present, and publish results of surgical oncology research which can include basic science, translational, outcomes, or clinical trial data.
The second year of the fellowship consists of rotations on our GI, HPB, Breast, and Head & Neck services. There is extensive exposure to colorectal, liver, gastric, pancreas, head & neck, melanoma, sarcoma, breast, thoracic, and gynecologic oncology. Many of our cases are performed using minimally invasive techniques including: laparoscopic, robotic, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. We have regional therapy programs utilizing both isolated limb infusions (ILI) and Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). Fellows actively participate in clinics to facilitate continuity of patient care and education.
Meetings and Conferences
Conferences include a core course in oncology given in the summer, weekly seminars in general surgical oncology, breast, head and neck, and thoracic surgical oncology. There are daily multidisciplinary site-specific tumor conferences, weekly preoperative conferences, multidisciplinary journal clubs, and daily noon oncology lecture series. In addition to receiving formal training in cancer surgery, fellows are exposed to tumor biology, biostatistics, research design, and methodology. During the first year there is an opportunity for fellows to obtain a masters in clinical research for health care professionals.
Fellows in this program have one of the largest volumes of operative cases in the country.
Each fellow should anticipate a well-rounded surgical oncology experience in the technical management of complex problems, as well as surgical decision-making related to all aspects of surgical oncology.
Prospective candidates from the United States or Canada must have successfully completed a residency in general surgery. Applicants from other countries must have passed the USMLE, FMGEMS, TOEFL, or FLEX exams and be able to secure a Pennsylvania Medical License.
For further information regarding the application process, please contact:
Lillian Daly, GME Coordinator,
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue, C-308
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497