Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

Program Overview

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Length of Training: 3 years

Number of fellow slots each year: 1

Typical academic year start date: August 1

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Strengths of the Program

  • The commitment of the faculty to outstanding training is the most important factor.
  • Fellows receive extensive surgical exposure to radical gynecologic oncology procedures under the guidance of the Gynecologic Oncology faculty.
  • The surgical volume at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview – we are a referral hospital for our five-state area with an average daily census of between 15 and 18 patients.
  • The division has an active research program that an Endowed Chair for Gynecologic Oncology Research includes clinical, basic science and translational research.
  • The division promotes a strong interdisciplinary perspective to its teaching and patient care.

General Schedule

  • Clinical:
    • 3-Year Program – A minimum of 24 months of clinical training is required for each Fellow which includes off-service rotations in colorectal surgery, radiation oncology, and SICU; A minimum of 12 months of protected time for research is required for each Fellow.
  • Call Responsibilities: Fellow call does not exceed the following maximums average over a 4-week period:
    • Three 12-hour week nights home call
    • Two 12-hour weekend home call

Training Sites

  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
    • Gynecologic Oncology inpatient unit and Gynecologic Cancer Center outpatient clinic
  • Southdale Hospital

Career Path

Graduates of the Gynecologic Oncology fellowship program pursue careers in academic medicine and private practice.


  • Administrative Stipend – When funds are available, each Fellow will receive a total allowance of $1200 per year for costs such as license/membership renewal fees, travel or other costs. These funds are available on August 1 of each year.
  • Research Stipend – When funds are available, non-training grant fellows will be awarded $7500 towards research activities and travel to be used during the length of training. These funds are interchangeable with the yearly administrative stipend. These funds are not renewable; they will be available August 1 of the first year of the fellowship.


Some of the gynecologic oncology fellowship educational activities include:

  • Patient care conference (weekly)
  • M&M conference (weekly)
  • Pathology conference (bimonthly)
  • Journal Club (monthly)
  • Chapter reviews (monthly)
  • Grand Rounds (monthly)
  • Fellows' Research Symposium (bi-monthly)
  • Didactic lectures (monthly)
  • Consensus conferences—A full day reserved to discuss all research ongoing in the division of Gynecologic Oncology (twice yearly)
  • Graduate courses:
    • Biostatistics (required)
    • Cancer Epidemiology or Cancer Biology


Fellows are encouraged to initiate new research projects and seek collaboration with other departments; however, they can also be guided into existing research. Fellows are required to complete and defend a thesis by the end of the program.