Fellows spend two clinical years rotating on the gynecologic oncology services at Cedars-Sinai and Kaiser Permanente. The clinical experience affords the fellows the opportunity to work and operate with eight different gynecologic oncology attendings and provides high-volume exposure to the full complement of surgical techniques, ranging from robotic to complex laparoscopic and ultra-radical surgeries. Fellows also interact with medical oncology and radiation oncology faculty to receive comprehensive training in the appropriate use and management of chemotherapy, targeted therapies and radiation therapy.
The Cedars Sinai Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship includes one year dedicated to research and discovery. Fellows are integrated into the leading-edge research occurring under the leadership of Beth Karlan, MD, in the Women’s Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai. Fellows may also pursue advanced degree opportunities including obtaining a master of public health, master of science in clinical research or PhD degree, or participate in the UCLA K30 program in translational investigation. The research environment and multitude of opportunities provide an outstanding platform for scientific development and mentorship for the fellows.
The clinical and research training are augmented by a robust weekly didactic curriculum that covers the educational topics outlined in the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology's Guide to Learning in Gynecologic Oncology. Speakers from gynecologic oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, palliative care, internal medicine, surgery, biostatistics, epidemiology and other relevant departments are recruited to participate in the lecture series. Clinical fellows also participate in weekly multidisciplinary patient care conferences, preoperative conferences, tumor boards and pathology conferences, grand rounds and morbidity and mortality conferences. Fellows participate in monthly journal clubs, which focus on recently published studies that have the potential to cause controversy or change practice patterns in the field of gynecologic oncology.