Curriculum 2019-2020

Fellowship Rotation

  • Block 1:  Colorectal/General Surgery
  • Block 2: Thoracic Oncology
  • Block 3: Surgical Oncology

The Fellow has the following weekly responsibilities:

Tuesday 9 am – 5 pm (while on Colorectal/General Surgery) - Colorectal/General Surgery Clinic

Tuesday 8 am – 9 am (2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, while on Thoracic Surgery) - Thoracic Oncology Tumor Board (fellow is the lead discussant for all new patients seen the previous week)

Wednesday 7 am – 8 am (one Wednesday per month 6 am – 7 am after Surgical Grand Rounds) - Department of Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Wednesday 8 am – 9 am (While on Surgical Oncology) - Multi-Disciplinary GI Tumor Board (fellow is the lead discussant for all new patients seen the previous week)

Wednesday 9 am – 5 pm (While on Surgical Oncology) -Surgical Oncology/Thoracic Oncology Clinic (participate in the evaluation of new and return patients in a multidisciplinary clinic with palliative/supportive care, medical oncology, physical therapy, and thoracic oncology)

Thursday 6:30 am – 8am (while on Thoracic and Surgical Oncology) - Thoracic and Surgical Oncology Case Conference (lead presenter and discussant for the preoperative conference for the following week’s operative cases)

Operative days are service dependent.

One day per week is reserved for administration and research activities.

The Fellow is responsible for daily teaching rounds with the residents.

The Fellow is also be expected to prepare and present abstracts and oral presentations for annual conferences including the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Association for Academic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and other similar societies.


  • Prepare the fellow to develop into an independent surgeon through progressive transitioning of responsibilities and decision making in the evaluation, management, and surgical care of complex GI, oncology, and thoracic surgical patients. This will be accomplished through the following:
    • Participation in weekly clinics to expose the fellow to the initial work-up and evaluation of complex GI, thoracic, and surgical oncology patients.
    • Leading rounds with the resident team in the role as a junior faculty member and having an faculty member as a mentor
    • Progressive independence in the operating room in complex surgical cases
    • Transition to independence
      • Rotate with staff for first call (with senior attending back-up)
      • Allow for independence and autonomy in clinical decision making (with clinical mentor for guidance)
      • Guide residents through basic surgical cases with increasing complexity throughout the year.
      • Exposure to management of an individual practice
  • Advance academic interests of the fellow to promote involvement in education, quality improvement/outcomes, and scientific projects and encourage participation in regional, national, and international societies. This will be accomplished through the following:
    • Provide protected time to allow for exploration of the fellow’s interests and investigate institutional resources to develop research projects.
    • Provide mentorship to help the fellow through the process of discovery and development of his/her project.
    • Provide resources to attend and present at meetings