McGill University Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Training Program Director: Elliot Mitmaker, MD

The McGill Program in General Surgical Oncology is a two-year fellowship approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology.



About the Program

This program is open to candidates who have successfully completed their training and are certified in General Surgery. The McGill Program accepts one fellow annually through the SSO Match. Our objective is to train academically oriented general surgeons to assume leadership in a multidisciplinary oncology team and to administer state-of-the-art surgical management in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of the patient with cancer.

The McGill program in General Surgical Oncology adheres to the SSO training objectives described on this Website. While on clinical surgical rotations, the fellow is expected to master knowledge in screening, diagnosis and treatment options. The fellow is also expected to acquire expertise in performing specific, sophisticated cancer procedures and to participate in site-specific tumour boards and multi-institutional trials. On non-surgical rotations the fellow will further their training in the multidisciplinary approach to cancer care.

The trainee will be required to complete a university-based cancer epidemiology and biostatistics course during the first year. Trainees will select one or more research projects, either basic or clinical, to continue throughout the two-year period. The fellow is expected to submit his work for international presentation and/or publication. In some instances, arrangements can be made for the fellow to obtain a Master's degree in Epidemiology through McGill.

Clinical Rotations

Clinical training will take place at the McGill University teaching hospitals: McGill University Health Center (MUHC), the Jewish General Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. Rotations are also available at the Université de Montreal affiliated hospitals upon request.

Academically, the McGill Fellowship in General Surgical Oncology is sponsored by the McGill Department of Oncology and it is a combined program with the McGill Department of Surgery. On a bi-weekly basis throughout the academic year, the Department of Oncology sponsors the mandatory Multidisciplinary Oncology Residency Education (MORE) series of seminars directed to fellows and residents in Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Surgical Oncology. The MORE sessions also incorporates regular oncology research journal clubs.

Meetings and Conferences

The trainee will act as junior faculty and be involved in teaching medical students and residents on the wards and in the operating room. The trainee will also be required to present at some of the oncology conferences held on a regular basis at McGill University and its teaching hospitals. Attendance at the annual meetings of the Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology (CSSO) is mandatory for fellows. Furthermore, attendance at the annual meetings of the Society of Surgical Oncology and of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is strongly encouraged.

Regular assessment of the trainee's performance and progress will be made during the fellowship by the faculty, program director and research advisor. A certificate of training will be issued by McGill University upon completion of this program.

Location and Language

Montreal is North America's largest French-speaking city and although knowledge of French is helpful when dealing directly with patients, the language of work and instruction is entirely English at McGill University.

Eligibility Questionnaire

We will interview applicants who meet McGill University's eligibility criteria. To find out if you are eligible, please answer the questions on the attached form and send it, along with a copy of your CV, to Geralda Bacaj . Submit all other documents as directed by the SSO. The admission process will open December 1st, 2017.  Application deadline is January 31, 2018.

Contact Information

Training Program Director: Elliot Mitmaker, MD
Coordinator: Geralda Bacaj
Address: McGill University
5100 de Maisonneuve West, Suite 720-W1
Montreal, Qc  H4A 3T2 
Phone: (514) 398-2264
Email: oncologysec.med@mcgill.ca