Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program Receives Prestigious Accreditation

March 01, 2013

Fellowship accreditationCancer surgery is an increasingly sophisticated specialty. But few institutions train surgeons in this fine art better than John Wayne Cancer Institute. In March, the Institute became one of only a handful of programs in the United States – and one of only two in California – to be accredited for complex surgical oncology as designated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The ACGME oversees all training programs that may result in board certification, and only graduates of such programs are eligible to take board examinations. At JWCI, specialty training was pioneered by educators such as Donald Morton, MD, even before fellowship programs existed. When the Society of Surgical Oncology standardized a system of evaluation for fellowship programs, the program at JWCI was one of the first to be accredited.

Specialized training in surgical oncology is a new board certification of the ACGME. JWCI fellows graduating from the program this year will be the first class to be board-eligible.

“We are delighted that our program had earned this prestigious designation,” said Mark Faries, MD, program director of the JWCI Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program and director of the Melanoma Research Program. “It is a testament to the quality of education the Institute provides and allows our graduates to achieve the highest level of certification. We take great pride in the success of our graduates, who are now leaders in surgical oncology throughout the nation. This accreditation assures our fellows can continue to be leaders into the future.”