Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Program Mission

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 mission of the Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin is to cultivate compassionate, technically excellent surgeons who will be future leaders in the field of oncology by preparing them with an expansive foundation in the multidisciplinary care of cancer patients and the ability to address the unique needs of both urban and rural communities.

Program Aims

The aim of the MCW Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship is to provide advanced clinical and research training, with expected competencies in patient care and procedural skills, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems-based practice. The program’s curriculum provides for:

  • Mastery of clinical and operative skills in surgical oncology, ranging from straightforward to more complex/difficult cases that are more typically referred to a tertiary care center;
  • In-depth understanding of the principles of pathology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology; and
  • Participation in clinical and translational research and dissemination of new knowledge.

The program prepares surgeons to:

  • Lead the multidisciplinary care of cancer patients;
  • Accelerate state-of-the-art cancer research and education;
  • Develop an understanding of the social and economic aspects of cancer treatment for the community they serve;
  • Become nationally recognized 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 Complex General 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 five 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 the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

MCWAH Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment

The Complex General Surgical Oncology 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.

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

Carolyn Campeaux
Carolyn Campeaux

Program Manager
(414) 955-1777
(414) 955-0197 fax
Medical College of Wisconsin
Division of Surgical Oncology
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226