Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Boston, Massachusetts

Training Program Director: Michelle C. Specht, MD, Co-Directors: Mehra Golshan, MD, Barbara L. Smith, MD, PhD

The Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women's Hospital Breast Surgery Fellowship seeks to prepare a trainee in surgery for an academic career devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, and study of patients with breast cancer and benign breast disease. The program will provide intensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases, experience in a multidisciplinary approach to treatment planning, and opportunities for collaborative clinical and basic research.

Eligibility and Program Overview

Candidates for the fellowship must be Board-eligible graduates of a general surgery residency program. Throughout the one-year fellowship, the fellow will spend time in the operating room, in multidisciplinary sessions for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, and in screening, diagnostic and follow-up office sessions. In addition, the fellow will spend time in collaborating specialties including medical oncology, radiation oncology, breast imaging, and breast pathology.

Rotations

The fellowship includes rotations at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. We are a Breast SPORE site. The clinical practice treats more than 2,500 new breast cancers per year and consistently accrues to breast clinical trials.

Educational Objectives

  • Become familiar with diagnosis, decision-making and treatment of all stages of breast cancer and benign breast disease
  • Become familiar with management of patients at increased risk for breast cancer, and understand genetic and other risk factors
  • Refine breast surgery skills by working with breast surgeons in the operating room, including advanced surgical skills in nipple sparing mastectomy, oncoplastic surgery and imaged guided surgery
  • Gain familiarity with the principles and practices of other collaborating disciplines including breast imaging, medical oncology, pathology, and radiation oncology
  • Participate in the design and conduct of clinical trials and clinical research
  • Participate in national cooperative clinical trials group activities
  • Participate in the organization and conduct of weekly educational conferences and resident education activities
  • Increase expertise in presenting clinical and research data in formal and informal presentations
  • Prepare a clinical research project for presentation and publication

Contact Information

Training Program Director: Michelle C. Specht, MD, Fellowship Director
Address: Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street - Yawkey 9A
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-8290
Fax: 617-724-1079
Email: MSPECHT@mgh.harvard.edu