Fellows spend the first two years of their fellowship devoted to research.
They choose a research mentor in either basic science or epidemiology and spend most of their time directly in research activities with that mentor, although a portion of their time will be in coursework and seminars directly contributing to their development as a clinician/scientist.
Fellows choosing the basic science track will spend 90% of their time in hands-on laboratory work. For those choosing the epidemiology track, a greater portion of time will be spent in coursework, and they will obtain a Masters in Public Health or in Epidemiology at the end of their research years.
During this time fellows will have minimal clinical responsibilities; however, in the first year fellows will attend a high risk breast and ovarian cancer clinic once a month, a multidisciplinary clinic in which a consultation is provided by a team including a gynecologic oncologist, medical oncologist, breast surgeon, and genetics counselor.
Fellows are expected to participate in weekly laboratory group meetings, grand rounds, M&M, tumor boards, and monthly journal club, GCRP, and division research meetings. All fellows will be encouraged to continue some clinical research projects during their clinical years and will be expected to submit abstracts to selected appropriate meetings during their fellowship, including:
- Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO)
- Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists (WAGO)
- American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
- American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)
Each fellow will attend at least one such meeting annually, but will be encouraged to attend diverse meetings over the course of four years. Fellows are also expected to present their thesis project at the Resident and Fellow Research Day at the end of their fellowship.