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Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

The Complex General Surgical Oncology (CGSO) Fellowship in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin is an ACGME-accredited, two-year program offered by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH). Each graduate will be eligible for dual certification by pursuing American Board of Surgery CGSO Board Certification in addition to the AHPBA Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgery certification. This unique opportunity affords fellows interested in an HPB-focused career an intensive experience and mentorship for a career in academic surgery.
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Applications for the 2024-2026 MCWAH Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program are accepted through AAMC-ERAS beginning on November 16, 2022.

 

Why become a fellow at MCW

As a major academic medical center, and the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area, the Medical College of Wisconsin is a distinguished leader in the advanced training of physicians, researchers, pharmacists and health professionals. Together with its top-tier partner institutions, the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) puts you at the forefront of advancement that’s improving the vitality of society.
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Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants for the CGSO fellowship must meet the following educational qualifications:
    • Successful completion of an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program in the United States or Canada
    • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada must have a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
    • Applicants must have passed each of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) steps
    • At the time of entry into the fellowship program, all applicants will be board eligible or board certified general surgeons under the auspices of the American Board of Surgery
  • Visa – Applicants must have an appropriate visa to begin Graduate Medical Education with the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. If a candidate does not obtain an appropriate visa that permits MCWAH to employ him/her on the designated start date, the training position will not be held and may be offered to another candidate. We currently accept the visas listed at Visa Information on the Graduate Medical Education website.
Dual Certification: Surgical Oncology - HPB Surgery
Program Overview
  • The Complex General Surgical Oncology (CGSO) Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited, two-year program.
  • Graduates will be eligible to sit for the American Board of Surgery examination in CGSO and for the HPB certificate awarded by the AHPBA.
  • One fellow is accepted into the program each year.
  • The goal of our CGSO Fellowship program is to cultivate four major objectives of surgical education:
    • Foster development of positive humanistic attitudes as essential to providing excellence in surgical patient care.
    • Assure acquisition of appropriate technical surgical skills and an appreciation of surgical anatomy and physiology.
    • Provide opportunity to develop mature surgical judgment based on theoretical considerations and on practical experience.
    • Develop an inquiring mind, tempered by appropriate skepticism, by means of vigorous and candid review of one’s surgical work and by exposure to the problems of basic and clinical research.
  • Each fellow will be prepared to excel as a board-certified surgical oncologist. The program places an emphasis on the acquisition and development of patient management, procedural, operative, and critical thinking skills. The program is framed by the ACGME Core Competencies:
    • patient care;
    • medical knowledge;
    • professionalism;
    • practice-based learning and improvement;
    • interpersonal communication skills;
    • systems-based practice; as well as
    • the achievement of operative expertise a surgeon needs to make a difference in the lives of their patients and families.
  • Fellows are mentored and expected to pursue research interests during the fellowship.
  • CGSO graduates will join the surgical profession competent and confident that they are ready to provide the extraordinary care to their patients as actively practicing board certified surgical oncologists with, if desired, HPB specialty designation.
Clinical Experience
  • The clinical experience is diverse and includes training in all aspects of Surgical Oncology including participation in the initial clinical evaluation of patients, planning of the treatment including multidisciplinary and surgical approaches, and postoperative and follow-up care. Fellows will learn to perform complex and technically challenging oncologic operations and to participate in the multidisciplinary management of these cases. Rotations include:
    • Breast
    • Colorectal
    • Endocrine
    • Hepatobiliary and Pancreas
    • Medical oncology
    • Melanoma / Sarcoma / Gastrointestinal / Peritoneal malignancies
    • Radiation oncology
    • Surgical pathology
  • Fellows have the option to take elective rotations in areas of specific interest which include:
    • Genetics
    • HPB
    • OB/GYN
    • Ortho
    • Otolaryngology
    • Palliative care services
    • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
    • Plastics
    • Thoracic
    • Urology
Curriculum
  • Weekly:
    • CGSO Decker curriculum
    • Service-specific educational conferences
    • Service-specific multidisciplinary tumor conferences
    • Surgery morbidity and mortality conferences
    • Surgical and institutional grand rounds
  • Monthly service-specific journal club
  • Quarterly:
    • SSO National Video Conference Series
    • AHPBA HPB Fellow Grand Rounds Video Conference
  • Annual SSO Fellows Institute
  • AHPBA Annual Meeting – HPB Fellows Practicum
  • SSO Annual Meeting
  • Service-specific suggested reading list
Research

Interest in research is expected and significant infrastructure supports a productive research experience. Fellows can expect:

  • Mentorship
    • Fellows will develop a research plan with specific research mentors and the Program Directors. This will occur early in the first year of fellowship with the goal of completing projects prior to graduation.
  • Extensive database resources
    • The Division of Surgical Oncology has five full-time database managers who maintain multiple prospective databases (breast, parathyroid, thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, liver, peritoneal malignancies, and sarcoma).
  • Support
    • The Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office provides access to full-time clinical research coordinators, regulatory staff, and financial staff to assist with clinical trials. The Division of Surgical Oncology also has access to biostatistical support and many of the surgical oncology faculty have advanced training in clinical research.
  • Protected research time
    • The CGSO fellowship includes four months of research which are used to develop clinical and/or translational research skills and to design, initiate and carryout various projects.
    • Fellows will have exposure to principles of conducting clinical research, scientific communications, grantsmanship, surgical education, and research ethics.
  • Outcomes
    • It is anticipated that all fellows conduct at least two clinical or scientific research projects that result in finished manuscripts ready for publication. This may range from a short-term clinical research project to a more sophisticated clinical investigation or laboratory science project.
Faculty

T. Clark Gamblin, MD, MS, MBA
Professor and Chief, Surgical Oncology; Stuart D. Wilson Professor of Surgery; Vice Chair, Off-Campus Clinical Operations, Program Director, Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Training: University of Mississippi Medical School, MS (MD), University of Pittsburgh, PA (MS), Mercer University, GA (Internship and General Surgery Residency), University of Pittsburgh, PA (Surgical Oncology Fellowship)

Susan Tsai, MD, MHS
Professor of Surgery
Co-Associate Program Director, Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Training: University of Michigan Medical School, (MD and General Surgery Residency), National Cancer Institute, NIH, MD (Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship), The Johns Hopkins Hospital, MD (Surgical Oncology Fellowship), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MD (Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigations)

Tina Wei-Fang Yen, MD, MS
Professor of Surgery
Co-Associate Program Director, Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Training: Harvard Medical School, MA (MD), University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, WA (General Surgery Residency), The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, TX (Surgical Oncology Fellowship), Medical College of Wisconsin, WI (MS in Epidemiology)

Kathleen K. Christians, MD
Professor of Surgery
Training: University of Iowa College of Medicine (MD), Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, WI (General Surgery Residency), Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, WI (Critical Care Fellowship), University of Hong Kong, China (Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Fellowship)

Chandler S. Cortina, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Training: Louisiana State University, LA (MD), Rush University Medical Center, IL (General Surgery Residency), Northwestern University, IL (Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship)

Callisia N. Clarke, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Training: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, OH (MD), University of Cincinnati, OH (General Surgery Residency), The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, TX (Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship)

Adam D. Currey, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Training: Medical College of Wisconsin, WI (MD), Medical College of Wisconsin, WI (Internship and Radiation Oncology Residency)

Sophie Y. Dream, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Training: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, OH (MD), Henry Ford Hospital, MI (General Surgery Residency), University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL (Endocrine Surgery Fellowship)

Douglas B. Evans, MD
Donald C. Ausman Family Foundation Professor of Surgery; Professor, Surgical Oncology; Chair, Department of Surgery
Training: Boston University School of Medicine (MD), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH (Internship and General Surgery Residency), University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center (Surgical Oncology Fellowship)

Anai N. Kothari, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology
Training: Harvard-MIT Department of Health, Sciences, and Technology, Harvard Medical School-Boston (MD), Loyola University Medical Center-IL (General Surgery Residency), University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center-Houston, TX (Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship)

Ugwuji Maduekwe, MD, MMSc, MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology
Training: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health-Madison (MD), Massachusetts General Hospital-Boston (General Surgery Residency), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA (Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship)

Lauren Parsons, MD
Associate Professor of Pathology
Training: Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), Medical College of Wisconsin (Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology (Residency), Medical College of Wisconsin (Cytopathology Fellowship), Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (Pediatric Pathology Fellowship)

Caitlin R. Patten, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Training: Medical College of Wisconsin, WI (MD), Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, WI (Internship and General Surgery Residency), Carolinas Medical Center (Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship)

Lyndsey Runaas, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Training: University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health (MD), Internal Medicine – University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health (Residency), University of Michigan Health System-Ann Arbor (Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology)

Tracy S. Wang, MD, MPH
Professor of Surgery
Training: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (MD), Long Island Jewish Medical Center (General Surgery Residency), Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (MPH), Yale University School of Medicine (Endocrine Surgery Fellowship)

Fellows

CURRENT

Chad Barnes, MD
Chad A. Barnes, MD
2021-2023
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, General Surgery Residency
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL, Doctor of Medicine

Ricardo Bello, MD
Ricardo J. Bello, MD, MPH
2022-2024

PREVIOUS

Erin P. Ward, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology
University of Utah

Application
  • See Society of Surgical Oncology for more information, application timeline and match resources.
  • ERAS - Applications and supporting documentation are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
    • MCWAH CGSO ERAS Program ID: 4465644002
    • The following documents are required for your application:
      • Three letters of recommendation
      • Copy of Medical School Diploma or transcript showing date degree conferred
      • USMLE Steps I, II and III Transcript and/or all COMLEX Transcripts
      • Canadian Medical Graduates who do not have a USMLE transcript must submit the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) transcripts
      • Personal Statement
      • CV curriculum vitae
      • Recent photograph
    • Applicants chosen for interview will be notified via email by the program manager
Matching
  • NRMP - The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
    • Candidates are required to register for the NRMP Specialties Matching Service (SMS) Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship Match.
    • MCWAH CGSO NRMP Program ID: 1784446F0
Benefits, Conditions, and Terms of Employment
The CGSO Fellow position benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, free parking, and a three-week paid vacation. Fellows are allowed up to one week of educational leave, without interruption of pay or benefits, contingent upon the approval by the Program Director. View more information about the benefits, conditions and terms of employment on the MCWAH GME Benefits page.
 

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Contact Information

T. Clark Gamblin, MD, MS, MBA
T. Clark Gamblin, MD, MS, MBA

Stuart D. Wilson Chair in Surgical Oncology
Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
Program Director, Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Tina W.F. Yen, MD, MS
Tina W. F. Yen, MD, MS
Professor of Surgery
Co-Associate Program Director, Surgical Oncology Fellowship


Susan Tsai, MD, MHS
Susan Tsai, MD, MHS
Professor of Surgery
Co-Associate Program Director, Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Carolyn Campeaux
Carolyn Campeaux

Program Manager, Surgical Oncology Fellowship
(414) 955-1777

Medical College of Wisconsin

Division of Surgical Oncology

8701 Watertown Plank Rd.

Milwaukee, WI 53226

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