Curriculum & Didactics for the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship
The first year of the KU Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship consists primarily of gynecologic related translational science research. The University of Kansas Medical Center and The Kanas University Cancer Center has active federally funded research and clinical trials ovarian cancer research.
Mentors are chosen from basic science researchers actively working in these areas with a strong interest in mentoring and an active laboratory program. These labs are dynamic with a strong focus on translational aspects of gynecologic cancer. Experts are available from most basic science programs, including biochemistry, experimental biology, pharmacology and cell biology. Labs are selected based upon available projects and the trainee's prior interest or experience.
This experience in laboratory research teaches you how to recognize significant oncologic processes worthy of investigation, generate a testable hypothesis and coordinate the technology necessary to test your hypothesis. The work done during the research year typically serves as your thesis for your oral American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) examination in gynecologic oncology.
In addition to the basic science research you conduct during your first year, you begin some clinical research projects carefully chosen with the fellowship director. A small portion of time is spent on weekly tumor board and classes required by ABOG for graduation and board eligibility.
During the final two years, you receive training in clinical gynecologic oncology, advanced gynecologic surgical oncology, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Below is a representative block diagram.