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Overview

The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at Jackson Health System/Jackson Memorial Hospital in affiliation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a four-year program dedicated to training obstetricians and gynecologists to become gynecologic oncologists with excellent skills in clinical care, teaching and research, and who are committed to a career in academic medicine. The program consists of two years of research and two years of clinical training.

The Fellowship Program consists of four, full-time faculty gynecologic oncologists. A unique feature of the program is that the department is located at a medical center and serves public hospitals. Medical students and residents participate at all times in the gynecologic oncology service as part of their core rotation through medical school and residency. The residents actively participate in patient care, and service is directed by the fellows and faculty.

ACGME Accredited: No, ABOG Accredited
Fellows per year: One Fellow
Duration: Four years (Two research years followed by two clinical years)
Postgraduate Training Required: Yes, applicant must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in obstetrics and  gynecology and must be Board eligible by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Application Deadline
You must apply through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for Fellowship Applicants. The Fellowship adheres to the annual timeline for ERAS fellowship applications, please note the annual application deadlines as listed by ERAS for fellowship programs.

One position is available in the University Of Miami’s Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship each year on a competitive basis. The fellowship position begins on July 1 each year. Applicants will be selected through the "Specialties Matching Services of the National Resident Matching Program" (NRMP).

An eligible applicant in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in obstetrics and gynecology prior to starting the fellowship. The applicant must be Board eligible and file an application with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology at least 90 days prior to entry into the fellowship. Their application must be approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology before beginning their fellowship. 

To apply to the program, visit the ERAS for Fellowship Applicants website. All applications must include the ERAS Common Application Form, where you describe your activities with professional societies, publications, and any other relevant information about your education or experience. Any information you would put on your curriculum vitae should be included. See the MyERAS Fellowship User Guide.

In addition, this fellowship requires that:

      • One of your three letters of recommendation is from your residency program director.
      • You submit Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) examination scores. Send a copy of your exam score reports via U.S. mail or email to the address below to be added to your ERAS fellowship application locally.

Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship
Attn: Dante Dukes, Fellowship Coordinator
Gynecology Oncology Division
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Miami/Sylvester Cancer Center
1121 NW 14th St., Suite 345
Miami, FL 33136

Email: d.dukes@med.miami.edu

Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit University of Miami for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. Interview offers will be extended via email after the Fellowship application period closes and all applications have been reviewed.

The educational aspect of the program begins with 20-24 months in research. The fellow has the option to spend four months on ancillary rotations and the last 24 months will be spent on the gynecologic oncology services at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Hospital, and South Miami Hospital.

During the four year program, fellows attend weekly and monthly didactics, conferences, grand rounds, and seminars. All fellows (including research fellows) are required to attend these conferences. The fellows’ time is protected to allow attendance. Including the following:

  • Departmental Grand Rounds
  • Tumor Board
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Didactic Series Conference
    • Monthly Journal Club
    • Literature/Chapter Review
    • Site Disease Group Research Meetings
    • Weekly Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds
    • Weekly Multidisciplinary Disposition Conferences
    • Gynecologic Oncology Core Curriculum lectures
    • Pre-operative and In-patient Conferences

Educational & Other Experience

The ultimate goal of our gynecologic oncology fellowship program is to improve the health care of women. We accomplish this by training fellows in the comprehensive management of women with gynecologic malignancies as well as in the field of clinical and translational research. We intend to expose the fellow to the evaluation and management of women with breast cancer and allied diseases. We provide this training in a structured mentored fashion with consistent timely monitoring of the fellows’ progress. We are committed to preparing our fellows to become leaders in academic medicine. To this end we offer our fellows individualized research tracts aligned with the interest areas in order to enhance their opportunity for success.

The design of the curriculum and fellowship rotations is from the Program Director with full participation of the faculty. The Department of Gynecologic Oncology has five (5) full-time clinical faculty. Twenty plus (20+) faculty from related departments (Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pharmacy, and Pathology) spend significant periods of their time instructing our fellows. All attending faculty participate in educational aspects of the training program.

Each team of trainees makes daily rounds with one or more attending staff. These serve a practical purpose for coordinating patient care, but are also opportunities for active teaching. It is notable that nearly every patient is seen by a staff physician with a fellow daily to complete the teaching through the continuum of care.

The volume and complexity of the surgical training provides comprehensive experience in radical pelvic, urologic, intestinal, and reconstructive procedures. In addition to technical skills, the trainee acquires expertise in preoperative workup and follow-up management of these patients. The Gynecologic Oncology Service shares responsibility for its patients in the medical and surgical intensive care units.

Clinical training is further emphasized in the outpatient clinics (specifically at Jackson Memorial Hospital), where fellows are responsible for new patient evaluations, pre chemotherapy evaluations, in-office procedures, supervising and teaching residents, and follow-up surveillance.

Knowledge of the principles of radiobiology and radiation physics and skills in the techniques of Radiation Oncology as applied to the treatment of gynecologic malignancies are acquired by the fellows on a continuing basis. The fellows participate with radiation oncologists in brachytherapy insertions.

Gynecologic Oncology fellows are actively trained in the techniques of chemotherapeutic and biological agents used to treat gynecologic malignancies. The Fellows learn treatment planning, dosing, and methods of administering a variety of agents. Many patients are treated on research protocols, and therefore the fellows gain experience with a broad range of investigational agents.

The clinical fellow is involved in all aspects of patient care: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, intensive care, and terminal care. Over the two-year clinical period, the fellow is given increasing responsibility and is able to exercises clinical independence at the conclusion of the fellowship. 

Research

Trainees are encouraged to participate in investigative work with the faculty. All fellows will spend two years devoted entirely to research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. It is expected this will be predominantly laboratory research, although public health research is also an option for certain individuals. All fellows are also required to conduct at least one clinical research project during the two clinical years. In keeping with the policies of ABOG, all fellows are required to submit for publication a research project prior to graduation from the program.

On Call Responsibilities

  • On call every 3rd week.
  • The attending on-call will round on inpatients with the fellow and residents on Saturday and Sunday morning.
  • Consultations will be staffed by the on-call physician.
  • Emergency consultations at any time will be staffed by the on-call physician.
  • Hospital to hospital transfers of new patients will go to the attending on-call. If the patient does not arrive until after the call switches, you can keep the patient or have the patient go to the current on-call physician.

Teaching Hospitals

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
1475 NW 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Jackson Memorial Health
1611 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

University of Miami Hospital
1400 NW 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

South Miami Hospital
6200 SW 73rd St
South Miami, FL

Faculty

Brian Slomovitz  Brian Slomovitz, MD
Program Director
Division Director
Professor of Gynecologic Oncology
Matthew Schlumbrecht Matthew Schlumbrecht, MD
Associate Program Director
Associate Professor of Gynecologic Oncology
 J. Matthew Pearson J. Matthew Pearson, MD
Assistant Professor of Gynecologic Oncology
 Marilyn Huang, MD Marilyn Huang, MD
Assistant Professor of Gynecologic Oncology

Trainees in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in obstetrics and gynecology. They must be Board eligible and file an application with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology at least 90 days prior to entry into the fellowship. Their application must be approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology before beginning their fellowship.

Cara Cataldo
Phone: 305-243-1475
Fax: 305-243-4938
Email: ccataldo@med.miami.edu

 
Prospective Residents

Physicians Services / Housestaff Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
East Tower Room 1004
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123

Graduate Medical Education Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Institute 118B
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-585-4310
Fax: 305-585-4309

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