Fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology
fellowshipThe Fellowship in Complex General Surgery Oncology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell is a two-year ACGME accredited training program, led by an experienced and diverse team of full-time faculty members. Throughout the entirety of their training, our fellows will receive personalized attention while splitting time at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital, two of the most technologically advanced and well-resourced tertiary and quaternary referral centers in the region, and Huntington Hospital, recently named the number one community hospital in New York State by US News & World Report’s 2019-2020 Best Hospitals. Additionally, there will be consistent exposure to the ambulatory patient care setting at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute/Center for Advanced Medicine, giving fellows a wide range of experience in both basic and complex pre- and post-operative issues encountered by our patients. The Northwell Health Cancer Institute sees more than 16,000 cancer patients annually. Northwell Health is also nationally recognized for expertise in robotic surgery, being the first health system to receive the Network of Excellence in Robotic Surgery designation. Through this training program, young professionals will be able to immerse themselves at the third largest secular health care system in the country, acquiring first-hand experience in all the aspects of surgical oncology critical to becoming a leader in the field. Our fellowship program is unique in its large complement of faculty with a 12:1 staff to fellow ratio. All members of our faculty are board certified in surgical oncology or allied fields and their collective experiences run the full gamut of complex general surgical oncology. This gives our fellows access to a diverse knowledge base and experiences, which serves to shape their own interests and career path. Each member of our faculty works closely with our fellows, performing rounds alongside them and meeting with them regularly to evaluate progress. Several members of our faculty were early adopters of robotic cancer surgery and have extensive experience performing every type of major abdominal operation in a minimally invasive fashion, including the Whipple procedure. As a first-year fellow expectations will be aligned with experience and comfort level, focusing more on the quality of participation and the growth in self-directed learning and initiatives. The first year will include rotations in gastrointestinal and HPB, breast, skin/sarcoma, peritoneal surface malignancies/gynecology oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and a research elective. The pathology rotation will take place bi-weekly and run longitudinally throughout the first year. Topics will be matched to the current rotation of the first-year fellow. The second-year fellow will be expected to exhibit progressive authority and responsibility as more of a team leader and will function as a mentor to junior house staff, using self-reflection and self-directed learning to improve the care of their patients. Throughout the two years of training, the fellow will move from conditional to more significant independence in the operating room. The second year will include rotations in head & neck/endocrine, and community surgical oncology/colorectal and breast practice. The remainder of the year will reserve four rotations for dedicated research time and six rotations for the pursuit of electives. This “super fellowship” is designed to allow fellows to choose areas for subspecialty training consistent with their future practice interests.