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Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program

Program Director: Carl Schmidt, MD


The Ohio State University, Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, has had a surgical oncology program since 1977. The program was officially sanctioned by the Society of Surgical Oncology in 1981 and became Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited in 2012. We accept three fellows each year. It is a two year fellowship, with 21 months of clinical work and 3 months of research opportunity. There is an optional third year available for basic science research.

Clinical Rotations
All of the rotations take place at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute and the Ohio State University Hospitals. During the two-year fellowship program, the clinical rotations include 18 months on one of the clinical oncology services, one month of radiation therapy, one month in pathology, and one month in medical oncology.

Research Opportunities
Fellows are offered either basic or clinical research opportunities making an individualized two-year fellowship program with an optional third year. At present, our research activities include molecular biology, soft tissue sarcoma, radio-guided surgery with the use of different radioactive isotopes, adoptive immunotherapy, hormone and growth receptors, clinical programs in detection and prognostic factors for breast cancer, and tumor immunology. All of these laboratories are ongoing within the division of surgical oncology and provide the fellows with opportunities to either initiate a new project or assist in one of the ongoing programs.

As part of a robust basic science effort, fellows have an opportunity to compete for one of 14 available NCI T32 training grants in cancer research as well obtaining advanced degrees in the Masters of Medical Science Program or in the College of Public Health. Close affiliation with an excellent General Surgery residency program permits exposure of fellows to continued core curriculum general surgery.

Meetings and Conferences
Weekly presentations and conferences including Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference, Surgical Oncology Case Conference and Educational Series, and disease specific conferences (Soft Tissue Tumor Board, Colorectal Conference, Pancreas Tumor Board, and Breast Multidisciplinary Conference). Surgical Grand Rounds also occurs weekly; about 10 programs per year directly involve the Division of Surgical Oncology. Monthly meetings include administrative and research meetings in which specific research projects are discussed and critiqued by the oncology faculty. Journal club also meets monthly. Interesting articles related to different aspects of oncology are presented. Fellows and General Surgery residents also take part in a weekly didactic oncology teaching program.

Clinical Trials
The Arthur G. James Hospital and Ohio State University Hospitals belong to two national cooperative groups: the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) and The National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP). Our fellows are directly exposed to national protocol and are encouraged to attend the group meetings. Upon completion of our fellowship program, approximately 2 out of 3 of our graduates have accepted academic positions in university programs. The other third have entered private practice, with approximately 90% of this third limiting their practice to surgical oncology.

By the beginning date of the fellowship, all applicants must have completed their residency training in an ACGME accredited general surgery program in the US or Canada and have attained qualification to sit for the examination of the American Board of Surgery.

Application Process
Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants must request a Token from the ERAS Fellowship Documents Office (EFDO) prior to registering on MYERAS.

Applicants may begin applying through ERAS on December 1, 2016. Interviews will be held in April and May of 2017. 

Applicants chosen for interview will be notified via email by the program coordinator.

For additional information on requirements and the applications process please visit the Society of Surgical Oncology

Contact and Address:

Program Coordinator: Jennifer Long
Address: The Ohio State University
                Department of Surgery/Division of Surgical Oncology
                Fellowship Program
                N924 Doan Hall
                410 West Tenth Avenue
                Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 293-0758
Fax:     (614) 293-3465
Email:  Jennifer.Long@osumc.edu