UCLA/OVMC Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program
Training Sites: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRUMC) and Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (OVMC)
Program Director: Robin Farias-Eisner, MD, PhD, MBA
Associate Program Director: Christine Holschneider, MD
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is offering an ACGME-accredited three-year fellowship training program in gynecologic oncology at UCLA and Olive View-UCLA Medical Centers. Since its inception in the mid-1970s under the auspices of Dr. Leo Lagasse, one of the pioneers and early leaders in the discipline as well as a past president of the society of Gynecologic Oncologists and director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the program has continued to grow and evolve.
In 2016/17, all Gynecologic Oncology fellowship programs have been required to transitioned their accreditation from under the auspices of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). With this change in accreditation from ABOG to ACGME, the former UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Gynecologic Oncology fellowship training program has transitioned into two independently ACGME-accredited programs. Both UCLA and Cedars-Sinai have highly successful GME programs, both institutions enjoy excellent residencies and both institutions have the faculty, clinical volume, research programs and infrastructure to support separate fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology. In 2016/17, both sites have successfully obtained ACGME accreditation for their independent fellowship training programs.
The UCLA/OVMC Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program is structured to train academically oriented gynecologic oncologists, superb abdominal-pelvic surgeons, scientists and leaders in the field of women's cancer. We recruit one new fellow per year.
Fellows spend two years on clinical service, rotating at UCLA and Olive View-UCLA Medical Centers. This affords the fellows an opportunity to work and operate with 7 gynecologic oncologists, an exceptional surgical training opportunity that will expose them to the full complement of surgical techniques ranging from minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures, to challenging and ultra-radical open surgeries. Fellows are also trained and supervised by medical oncology and radiation oncology faculty to receive the comprehensive training in the appropriate use and management of chemotherapy, targeted therapies and radiation therapy. Clinical fellows are involved in every aspects of patient care at both sites.
The UCLA/OVMC Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship also includes one year dedicated to research. Fellows can choose to work with one of multiple principle investigators whose research focus on various aspects of cancers biology and treatment, health services and outcomes research. Fellows can choose to work in the laboratory of a gynecologic oncology attending with an independent research program, under the mentorship of a PhD scientist working in cancer biology, or with a UCLA/OVMC health services/outcomes researcher. Fellows may also pursue advanced degree opportunities including obtaining a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) 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 fellow.
The clinical and research training are augmented by a weekly robust didactic curriculum that covers the educational topics outlined in the ABOG 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. Fellows take an active part in patient safety and performance improvement initiatives. Clinical fellows regularly participate in weekly multi-disciplinary patient care conferences, preoperative conferences, tumor boards and pathology conferences, grand rounds and morbidity and mortality conferences at both sites. 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.
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