Fox Chase Cancer Center
Training Program Director: Jeffrey M. Farma, MD, FACS
Fox Chase Cancer Center is an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and is supported by one of the largest core grants in the country. It is the only hospital in the region devoted solely to cancer treatment and care of patients and was one of the nation's first cancer hospitals, established in 1904. The cancer center is located on a campus 20 minutes outside of center city Philadelphia and consists of a 100-bed hospital, clinic buildings, and the Prevention Pavilion and Women's Cancer Center. The Fox Chase Cancer Center is affiliated with the Temple University School of Medicine. Temple general surgery and internal medicine residents as well as staff hospitalists provide patient coverage, and fellows actively participate in teaching residents on rounds and in conferences.
Each year, three fellows are accepted for a two-year program with an option to spend one or two additional years in research upon completion of this program. The fellowship has been in existence since 1986 and approximately 70% of graduates now occupy academic positions.
Fellows in this program have one of the largest volumes of operative cases in the country. Each fellow should anticipate a well-rounded surgical oncology experience in the technical management of complex problems, as well as surgical decision-making related to all aspects of surgical oncology.
About the Program: Clinical Rotations
The first year of the fellowship includes non-surgical rotations on medical and radiation oncology and pathology services and clinical rotations on melanoma, breast, head and neck, and thoracic surgery, with elective time to be tailored to individual fellows' interests. Fellows are expected to participate in, present, and publish results of surgical oncology research, which can include basic science, translational, outcomes, or clinical trial data.
The second year of the fellowship consists of rotations on our GI, HPB, Breast, and Head & Neck services. There is extensive exposure to colorectal, liver, gastric, pancreas, head & neck, melanoma, sarcoma, breast, thoracic, and gynecologic oncology. Many of our cases are performed using minimally invasive techniques including: laparoscopic, robotic, and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. We have regional therapy programs utilizing both isolated limb infusions (ILI) and Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). Fellows actively participate in clinics to facilitate continuity of patient care and education.
Meetings and Conferences
Conferences include a core course in oncology given in the summer, weekly seminars in general surgical oncology, breast, head and neck, and thoracic surgical oncology. There are daily multidisciplinary site-specific tumor conferences, weekly preoperative conferences, multidisciplinary journal clubs, and daily noon oncology lecture series. In addition to receiving formal training in cancer surgery, fellows are exposed to tumor biology, biostatistics, research design, and methodology. During the first year there is an opportunity for fellows to obtain a masters in clinical research for health care professionals.
Fellows in this program have one of the largest volumes of operative cases in the country.
Each fellow should anticipate a well-rounded surgical oncology experience in the technical management of complex problems, as well as surgical decision-making related to all aspects of surgical oncology.
Prospective candidates from the United States or Canada must have successfully completed a residency in general surgery. Applicants from other countries must have passed the USMLE, FMGEMS, TOEFL, or FLEX exams and be able to secure a Pennsylvania Medical License.
For further information regarding the application process, please contact:
Lillian Daly, GME Coordinator,
Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program
Fox Chase Cancer Center