Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Colorectal Service offers a one-year fellowship open to fully trained surgeons who demonstrate a strong interest in colon and rectal cancer surgery. The fellowship provides tremendous opportunity to become expertly trained in the multimodality management of the colorectal cancer patient as well as in the latest techniques in colorectal surgery, such as minimally invasive surgery (including colonoscopy, laparoscopy, transanal endoscopic microsurgery, and robotics), endorectal ultrasound staging, peritoneal tumor debulking, and en-bloc exenterative resections for recurrent pelvic disease incorporating intraoperative radiation therapy.
The clinical training throughout the fellowship is divided into one-month rotations and follows the mentorship model. Fellows spend one to two months with each surgeon on the Colorectal Service and up to two elective months in urology, gynecology, or pathology, or doing research.
Fellows are responsible for preoperative and postoperative patient care and will perform surgical procedures under the direction of an attending surgeon. They are exposed to approximately 200 major operative cases during the year. Fellows also participate in outpatient clinics, rounds, lectures, seminars, journal club, and research conferences. In addition, they are responsible for helping supervise and instruct residents and medical students.
The Colorectal Oncology Surgery Fellow will participate fully in all academic activities within the Department of Surgery. These include weekly Grand Rounds, a core course in surgical oncology, surgical oncology conferences, and a weekly Colorectal Disease Management Team conference, which includes a journal club meeting each month. There are also weekly lecture series on topics related to surgical oncology, weekly service discussions, research conferences, and a fellow-run conference dedicated to resident education. Fellows have access to all conferences within the Center, which number up to 50 per week.
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Research interests and opportunities are discussed at the beginning of the fellowship. The fellow is expected to complete one to two research projects during the course of the academic year to be submitted for publication.
Candidates must be graduates of a US, Canadian, or recognized foreign medical school and have completed a general surgery residency training program in their country or a minimum of five years of clinical training with a supporting letter from their program director. Foreign candidates must have passed the USMLE examinations or any equivalent predecessor or successor examination and hold a valid ECFMG certificate. Selected foreign candidates must qualify and obtain a limited permit to practice medicine from the New York State Education Department, in accordance with its requirements. Also New York State requires accreditation by the Federal Medical Credential Verification System, which can be completed at www.fsmb.org. In addition, foreign candidates must certify intent to return to their home country upon completion of training.
Applications must include the following items:
- Memorial Hospital Graduate Staff Application form
- Full ECFMG certification: Applicants must have completed USMLE Steps 1, 2CK, and 2CS prior to submitting an application to our program
- Up-to-date curriculum vitae
- Copy of MD diploma ( with translation if necessary)
- Personal statement: This should include a description of the candidate’s personal qualifications and motivation for applying to the program, as well as a detailed professional plan upon completion of training
- Three letters of recommendation, including one from the department chairman
Completed applications should be returned by September 1, 2015. Selected candidates are encouraged to come to New York to interview; however telephone interviews are also offered. Selections will be made before January 1, 2016.