Surgical Oncology Fellowship

THE SURGICAL ONCOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAM AT THE JOHN WAYNE CANCER INSTITUTE IS APPROVED BY THE SOCIETY OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY AND ACCREDITED BY THE ACGME

Program Director: Leland J. Foshag, M.D., FACS

Assistant Program Director: Trevan Fischer, M.D.

John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) at Providence Saint John's Health Center is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to offer advanced training in complex general surgical oncology. The Institute's long-established training program, which was founded by Donald L. Morton, M.D., remains one of the largest in the country and has been supported in the past by a training grant from the National Cancer Institute. Under the leadership of program director Leland J. Foshag, M.D., JWCI's program continues to set the standard for multidisciplinary training in academic surgical oncology.

In keeping with its focus on clinical translational research, JWCI's multicampus program covers technical operative skills in cancer surgery, multidisciplinary aspects of clinical surgical oncology, skills to become an academic clinical scientist, clinical translational research that links patient care and laboratory studies, and laboratory basic science research that can be applied to the clinic. Fellows are groomed to establish their own laboratories and research programs. The program's success is reflected by the many graduates who have become department chairs or division chiefs of surgical oncology.

JWCI offers a two-year senior clinical fellowship in surgical oncology, with an optional third year in basic science research, to candidates who have completed residency, are board-eligible in general surgery, eligible for a California medical license, and are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The two-year core curriculum for the surgical oncology fellowship comprises 18 months of training in inpatient and outpatient surgical oncology, which includes rotations at JWCI, The Angeles Clinic and Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles. The curriculum also includes four months for research, and rotations in medical oncology and radiation oncology. Fellows who are interested may request a third year (an additional 12 months) for laboratory research.

This unique multicenter surgical oncology training program integrates clinical and basic science in a format that considers the limited protected research time available to today's practicing surgical oncologists. Fellows attend mandatory courses and lectures, present their work at national meetings, write and submit scientific manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals, and learn how to design clinical translational protocols and proposals for competitive grant funding. Application Instructions and Requirements.

  • Applicant must have completed training in general surgery
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Deadline

Refer to the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) for the application deadline.

Length of Program

Two years. There is an opportunity to do an additional year of research.

Eligibility

  • All applicants must have completed their residency training in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) general surgery program in the United States or Canada, and be able to secure a California medical license.
  • At the time of entry into the fellowship program all applicants will be Board eligible or board certified general surgeons under the auspices of the American Board of Surgery.

Number of Positions

Four

How to Apply

Applicants must submit applications and all supporting materials through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  We will require an application, recent CV, a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, USMLE scores, ABSITE scores and a headshot photo.

John Wayne Cancer Institute will participate in the national match program for Complex General Surgical Oncology administered by the NRMP.  http://www.nrmp.org/

Contacts and Addresses

Program Director: Leland J. Foshag, M.D., FACS

E-Mail: FoshagL@jwci.org
John Wayne Cancer Institute
2200 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Assistant Program Director: Trevan Fischer, M.D.

E-Mail: FischerT@jwci.org
John Wayne Cancer Institute
2200 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Fellowship Program Manager: Rebecca Bernstein

Email: BernsteinR@jwci.org
John Wayne Cancer Institute
2200 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-998-3989