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                       DANA-FARBER / PARTNERS CANCERCARE


PROGRAM DIRECTOR:  Chandrajit P. Raut, M.D., M.Sc.

Our Program

The Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare (DF/PCC) Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship is a two-year program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO).  Our program includes three world-renowned institutions, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).   These Harvard-affiliated hospitals, with over 1700 licensed inpatient beds, have long been among the nation’s top educational sources for academic clinician-investigators.  With the initiation of our Fellowship in Surgical Oncology in 2002, we are now able to provide formal oncology training for surgeons, drawing on the expertise from each of the institutions.

Program Philosophy
Comprehensive oncologic care is best provided by an integrated multidisciplinary team of specialists – including surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, mid-level providers, nurses, and many other dedicated professionals.  Advances in cancer care can only be made when clinicians are knowledgeable in all aspects of multidisciplinary care as well as in the fields of tumor biology and innovative treatment development.  Not only are surgeons the primary providers of treatment with curative intent for most cancers, their involvement in research is needed to achieve the goal of more effective therapies.

The aim of the DF/PCC Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship is to train oncologic surgeons who are national leaders in multimodality cancer treatment and research. These surgeons must be familiar with all tools currently available to combat the full spectrum of neoplasia, as well as all relevant investigational therapies.  They must know how to design and conduct new treatment studies.  They must understand the critically important role of patient and family support during all phases of the treatment process.  In addition, they must know how cancer research is conducted, and how to facilitate the transfer of new discoveries in the laboratories into clinical practice.  Finally, the academic surgical oncologist must develop an understanding of the social and economic aspects of cancer treatment in an environment that emphasizes the highest levels of compassion and ethics.

Program Structure
Our Fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology combines the educational and clinical environments of DFCI, BWH, and MGH.  One Fellow is selected per year.  The Fellowship program includes up to 18 months of clinical oncology training, during which time the Fellow will work directly with academic oncologists from all treatment specialties who are also leaders in a number of cancer cooperative groups and specialty societies.

  • Year 1
    The first year of the Fellowship is generally devoted to the required clinical rotations, with 6 of these months spent at the BWH/DFCI campus and 6 months spent at the MGH campus. Fellows develop an understanding of the multidisciplinary management of gastrointestinal, colorectal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, breast, endocrine, soft tissue sarcoma, and cutaneous malignancies by spending 4 to 8 weeks in each of these disciplines during their first year. Comprehensive multidisciplinary care is a strong focus of the outpatient clinic experience during the first year.
  • Year 2
    During the second year, the Fellow may take up to 6 months of elective rotations at either or both campuses. Dedicated time is given to the study of medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical pathology, generally in the area of the Fellow’s academic subspecialty interest. Fellows may elect to rotate on the thoracic, head and neck, gynecologic, urologic, or orthopedic oncology surgical services as well as on rehabilitation medicine and pain and palliative care services. Due to the flexibility of the program, each Fellow’s experience may be tailored to his or her interests.
  • Educational Program
    Fellows are expected to attend the weekly disease-specific multidisciplinary conferences coinciding with their clinical rotation. The educational program is complemented by monthly journal clubs and biweekly surgical oncology didactic sessions at BWH and MGH, medical oncology didactic sessions at DFCI, weekly departmental Morbidity and Mortality conferences and Grand Rounds, and clinically relevant quality improvement projects.
  • Research Program
    The research portion of the Fellowship program occupies the remaining 6 months of training during the second year. During this time, Fellows are paired with one or more mentors in their field of interest. Research possibilities span a broad range of topics, including basic cancer research under the direction of a research scientist at Harvard Medical School, health outcomes research in association with the Harvard School of Public Health, or clinical translational research within the clinical divisions of DF/PCC. Fellows gain experience in protocol-based treatments in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Each Fellow is expected to submit at least one abstract per year to a national meeting.
After completion of the DF/PCC Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, graduates will be well-equipped to pursue academic careers.

Eligibility Requirements
  1. Successful completion of a general surgery residency in the United States accredited by the ACGME or in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  2. U.S. or Canadian nationality or permanent residence
  3. Certification or eligibility for certification by the American Board of Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Applications must be completed through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service), and the Match is conducted through NRMP (National Resident Matching Program).  Deadlines may be found on the SSO website.

Contact and Address

Program Director:  Chandrajit P. Raut, M.D., M.Sc.

Department of Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA  02115
Phone: (617)-632-5982
Fax: (617)-394-3052

Fellowship Coordinator:  Michele Scarpa

Phone: (617) 732-7925
Fax: (617)-582-6177