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To support Fellows training outside of their fellowship programs, SSO offers Fellows Institute and a CGSO Board Exam Review Course.

SSO Fellows Institute logoSSO’s ninth annual Fellows Institute, cosponsored by the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA) and the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS), will take place November 18 – 20, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Originally developed to complement the education and training received as part of SSO-approved fellowship programs, the program has evolved over the years to include didactic sessions and hands-on laboratory sessions to provide skills-based content that enhance overall training.

The 2019 Fellows Institute program includes three specialty-specific tracks including:

Breast Surgical Oncology:  Led by Barbara L. Smith, MD, PhD, Richard J. Bleicher, MD and Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, this track’s topics include ultrasound & biopsy, live model scanning, oncoplastic techniques, RFID, lesion localization and other innovative techniques.  New this year, there will be a session on the management of the axilla.

Surgical Oncology:  Michael I. D’Angelica, MD and Jeffrey Farma, MD oversee this track that includes case-based technical didactics and practical hands-on laboratory skills covering open and minimally invasive colorectal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, and adrenal surgery (including robotic surgery), liver ultrasound, isolated limb perfusion and infusion for regional melanoma, sarcoma surgery, and cytoreductive surgery with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy for peritoneal malignancies.

Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB): Led by Brendan C. Visser, MD, this session covers surgery on the liver and pancreas, focusing on tumors and minimally invasive techniques. Hands-on laboratory time is combined with the surgical oncology track for a comprehensive and collaborative experience. 

Registration for this program will open on September 9, 2019 and is reserved for fellows in SSO-approved breast surgical oncology fellowship programs, ACGME or RCPSC-accredited complex general surgical oncology programs or Fellowship Council-accredited HPB fellowship programs. Program Directors and invited fellows will receive additional information in August. Questions may be directed to

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