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Surgery

Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

About the Program

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) offers a two-year Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship for fully trained general surgeons who desire advanced training in surgical oncology. The goal of the fellowship is to provide advanced clinical and research experience which will prepare surgeons to become leaders in multidisciplinary cancer care and be engaged in high quality research. We strive to produce the next generation of leaders in Surgical Oncology.

Facility and Faculty

MCW is the only academic medical center and the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Annually, about 3,650 new cancer patients are seen at the Froedtert & MCW Clinical Cancer Center, which has a catchment population of about 3.3 million (57% of Wisconsin’s total population) and includes almost 75% of the state’s total minority population. It is a leader in cancer care and is the recipient of the Vizient Quality Leadership Award, which recognizes the 12 highest performing academic medical centers in the United States. The Division of Surgical Oncology includes 12 fellowship-trained surgical oncologists who see patients in the five-floor, 173,000-square-foot Froedtert & MCW Clinical Cancer Center at the main Froedtert Hospital campus. The Clinical Cancer Center offers cancer patients and their families an unparalleled commitment to excellence combined with the hope that comes from academic cancer specialists who are researchers and leaders in their fields, advanced technology and treatment innovations. We are located 90 miles north of Chicago in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with easy highway access.

Clinical Rotations

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 time on breast, endocrine, colorectal, hepatobiliary and pancreas, melanoma/sarcoma/gastrointestinal/peritoneal malignancies, and thoracic services. In addition, fellows will also have exposure to surgical pathology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, genetic counseling, and palliative care services and will have the opportunity to take elective rotations in areas of specific interest.

Educational Program

The Surgical Oncology fellowship includes active participation in weekly morbidity & mortality conferences, surgical and institutional grand rounds, and multidisciplinary tumor/case conferences. In addition, the fellow will attend a weekly disease-specific didactic curriculum that covers the entire breadth of surgical oncology and is designed to correspond with clinical rotations. Finally, the fellow will participate in the quarterly Society of Surgical Oncology Videoconferences and other routinely scheduled basic and clinical research conferences.

Research Opportunities

Interest in research is encouraged and significant infrastructure exists to facilitate a productive research experience. Fellows are mentored to develop a research plan with their research mentor and the Program Directors early in their fellowship so that the project(s) can be completed during the fellowship years. The Division of Surgical Oncology has 5 full-time database managers who maintain multiple prospective databases (breast, parathyroid, thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, liver, peritoneal malignancies, sarcoma). 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.

Eligibility and Applications

Applicants for the Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship must meet the following educational qualifications:

  • successful completion of an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency program
  • graduates of medical schools outside of the United States or Canada must have a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
  • certification or eligibility for certification by the American Board of Surgery

Applications are accepted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and the match is conducted through the NRMP (National Resident Meeting Program).

Contact Information

Fellowship Program Director

Dr. T. Clark Gamblin

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

(414) 955-1450
(414) 955-0197 fax
Medical College of Wisconsin
Division of Surgical Oncology
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226