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Message from the program director

The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at Hofstra/Northwell is an ACGME-accredited three-year training program that prepares candidates for board certification in gynecologic oncology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our academic mission is to train outstanding gynecologic oncologists in one large academic center.

We accept one fellow in training per year. The goal is to train fellows to be physician-scientists as well as outstanding clinical gynecologic oncologists. 

Fellows begin their first year of training with research in the nationally renowned laboratories at Cold Spring Harbor or the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. All fellows are required to attend and complete two graduate level courses during the research year including but not limited to basic epidemiology and statistics and clinical trial development. 

Clinical training in gynecologic oncology, medical oncology and radiation oncology is done in the second and third years of training. Fellows play an integral role in the clinical practice of gynecologic oncology at Hofstra/Northwell. They serve as first assistants on all oncology surgical cases under the direct supervision of a gynecologic oncology faculty. We have seven (7) board certified gynecologic oncologists. A very large volume of minimally invasive (robotic and laparoscopic) and open surgery is provided during the two years of clinical training including advanced pelvic surgery, upper abdominal procedures, diaphragm and peritoneal resections, colorectal, urologic and pelvic exenteration procedures. The management of complicated surgical and medical patients is provided through the daily care of our inpatients and exposure to the outpatient gynecologic oncology clinic.

The fellows are expected to coordinate all aspects of patient care, lead the weekly treatment planning conferences and are valuable members of the clinical care team. They play a major role in the supervision and instruction of our dedicated residents and medical students.

Leadership

Gary L. Goldberg, MD
Program Director

Andrew William Menzin, MD
Associate Program Director

Faculty

Lisa Ann Dos Santos, MD

Marina Frimer, MD

Antoinette Sakaris, MD

Karin Kuan-Hui Shih, MD

Jill Suzanne Whyte, MD

Education

The research and clinical training for fellows is augmented by a comprehensive didactic program. Fellows organize and conduct the weekly Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board and monthly Journal Club, present monthly progress reports on research activities and attend the core curriculum lecture series. Fellows are encouraged and supported to attend and present at multiple national and international scientific meetings (SGO, AACR, ASCO, etc.). Cadaver labs are part of the simulation labs and the educational program.

Breakdown of the three year course curriculum

First (non-clinical) year

Participation in one year of basic science (bench-level) research with an assigned PhD mentor and clinical faculty mentor. 
All our fellows are required to attend two graduate level courses in the research year and complete a course in epidemiology, statistics and clinical trial development 

Second and third (clinical) years:

The clinical years are spent caring for patients in the in-patient and out-patient setting

  • Clinical fellows are on the in-patient gynecologic oncology service during the year
  • The fellows are assigned to caring for the underserved women in the gynecologic oncology clinic in the Ambulatory Care Center at LIJ. 
  • During the second clinical year, there are rotations on Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and the surgical ICU. The senior clinical fellow on this service acts as the attending physician for these women.

During the clinical years the fellows are provided scheduled didactic education sessions

  • Tumor Board
  • Journal club
  • Didactic lecture series
  • M&M
  • QI
  • Case presentations

During the clinical years the fellows are expected to continue participation in clinical research. Specific focus is placed on continued submission to gynecologic oncology specific meetings

  • Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) 
  • ASCO 
  • AACR
  • Oversight of the research projects and assistance with preparation of abstracts and presentations is provided by the faculty within the division including our biostatistician.

Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Training Program application

Applications to the 3-year Hofstra/Northwell Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Training Program are accepted only through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. Applicants are required to have completed or be on track for completing an accredited Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in the United States or Canada.

All applications should be completed and submitted electronically in ERAS by the deadline.

View the ERAS website: https://www.aamc.org/services/eras/

Fellowship Training Administrator:
Donna Campagna, C-TAGME
[email protected]

Your completed application package must include*:Three letters of recommendation (one from your Residency Program Director)

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcript from all medical schools attended and copy of diploma
  • USMLE transcript including all attempts
  • Recent photograph
  • CREOG scores

Additional documents for foreign medical school applicants (Documents in a language other than English must be submitted with a certified translation).

  • Transcript of all college education
  • ECFMG certificate

Additional documentation may be required before a candidate can be appointed.