Breast Oncology Fellowship

Each year the Society of Surgical Oncology conducts a Matching Program to match qualified candidates with positions in these SSO-approved training programs. For more information on the current Breast Fellowship match application, follow the applicable links below. The Society reviews and approves breast oncology fellowship training programs yearly, and accepts new PID applications January 1 – June 1 of every year. Strict requirements must be met to be an SSO-approved training program.

How the SSO Match Works

The process of securing a fellowship position includes applying to programs, interviewing, and participating in the match.

Application Process

Applicants must apply to all Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) approved breast oncology training programs, a complete list is below, via the SSO Online Match System. Please follow the steps below to complete the application process:

  1. Review required documents and application instruction information
  2. Create an account via the SSO Online Match System link
  3. Pay application fee (fee must be paid for the application to open)
  4. Complete and submit an application

Applicants are required to submit their application to be considered for the SSO Breast Oncology match. Applicants who fail to submit their application will not be included in the matching process, no exceptions will be made.

Interview Process

All SSO approved breast oncology training programs conduct applicant interviews on the identified interview calendar dates. Programs will contact applicants they would like to invite for interview. The SSO requires applicants and programs to provide complete, timely, and accurate information during the application, interview, and matching processes. All interview associated costs are financed at the applicant’s expense.

Interview Calendar

  • 2019 Match Interview Calendar – Available for applicants who are applying for fellowship training programs that will start in 2020.

Applicant Rank List Submission

All applicants must submit a rank list by the deadline listed in the chart below via the SSO Online Match System. Applicants who fail to submit their rank list, will not be included in the ranking process and will be listed as “unmatched”.

If you wish to withdraw from the match, you must email the SSO Training and Education department at before the Rank List Deadline for the current match year.

The Match

At 3 p.m. CT on Match Day the match result will be emailed to all matched programs, matched applicants, and unmatched applicants. The programs with open positions will contact unmatched applicants directly to fill positions. Unmatched applicants should refrain from contacting programs.

The Matching Algorithm

SSO uses an algorithm to place applicants into fellowship positions. The algorithm is based upon the applicant preference, meaning the preferences expressed on the rank order submitted by the applicant drives placement into fellowship positions.

The process begins with the attempt to match an applicant to the program which is most preferred on that applicant’s rank order list. If the applicant cannot be matched to that first-choice program (is not ranked by that program), then an attempt is made to place the applicant into their second-choice program, and so on. At this point, a tentative match is made unless all the applicant’s choices on their rank list have been exhausted. At first, all matches are tentative. As programs receive more requests, the program will retain only those applicants they consider most preferred by that program’s rank list. If an applicant is removed from a tentative match, an attempt is made to re-match that applicant starting from the top of that applicant’s rank list.

The outcome is pre-determined by the rank lists of programs and applicants, and are the only true determinants of a match outcome. At no point can this outcome be modified by a judgment or bias on the part of the intermediary, nor is there any element of chance.

Match Tips for Applicant Rank Lists

Applicants should rank, in sequence, those programs that represent their true preferences, not how the applicant thinks a program will rank.
Factors to consider in determining the number of programs to rank include the competitiveness of the specialty, the competition for the specific programs being ranked, and the qualifications that the applicant offers.

Applicants should rank all acceptable programs, i.e., programs in which he or she is willing to undertake fellowship training. Conversely, if an applicant finds certain programs unacceptable and is not interested in accepting offers from these programs, these program(s) should not be ranked.

The Society of Surgical Oncology’s Breast Fellowship Match application requires all applicants to acknowledge that all match commitments are binding and that the ranking of applicants by the program director and the ranking of programs by an applicant establishes a binding commitment to offer or to accept an appointment if a match results. The Breast Match Program Violation Policy can be reviewed online by clicking below.

Match Tips for Program Rank Lists

Do not rank any applicants you are not willing to train. Listing an applicant on your submitted rank list establishes a binding commitment to training them if a match results.

Programs should rank, in sequence, those applicants that represent their true preferences, not how the program thinks an applicant will rank.

Programs are under no obligation to rank all applicants who have applied to their program. 

Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Curriculum and Minimum Training Requirements

The SSO Executive Committee unanimously approved the Curriculum and Minimum Training Requirements on September 15, 2014. These went into effect on July 1, 2015 for all SSO-approved Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Programs.

We would like to acknowledge the hard work and effort by the following groups: SSO Training Committee Task Force (Drs. Sarah McLaughlin, Alicia Terando, Anne Wallace, Kristine Calhoun,) SSO Breast Surgery Fellowship Program Directors Subcommittee led by Dr. Mary Gemignani, and an AD Hoc Committee of the ASBS led by Drs. Rena Kass, Susan Boolbol, Jill Dietz, Sara Fredrickson and Henry Kuerer. Finally, we would like to thank Drs. Russell Berman, Keith Delman, and Kevin Roggin and all of the SSO staff for their support in this effort. 

Click here to access the document. 

Important Resources


Please contact the SSO Education Department at 847-427-1400 or for assistance.

Breast Oncology Fellowship Match Application Instructions

Applicants must apply for an SSO approved Breast Oncology Fellowship through the SSO Online Match System.

Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari

File Requirements:

  • Maximum file size is 2Mb
  • Only one PDF file may be uploaded per question
  • File names cannot contain any special characters 
    (Examples *|,\”:’<>{}[]`;()@&$#%/.)

Application Documents:

  • $300 Application Fee payable via credit card only (Visa/MC/AMEX)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Photo (.jpg or .tif format only)
  • Education Information (Pre-Medical Education, Medical School Education, Residencies/Fellowships)
    • Transcripts are not needed
  • Test Scores (as applicable) – Official score reports are not needed. PDF copies can be uploaded directly to the application.
    • ABSITE
    • COMLEX
    • USMLE
    • ECFMG Certificate
  • Certification and Licensure Information
  • Professional Liability Claims and Discipline – be prepared to upload a list of any claims
  • Health Status – Verbal Description, Letters from PCPs are not needed.

To view the SSO Breast Oncology Fellowship Match Calendar currently in effect click here.

Application OpensJanuary 9, 2019
Application DeadlineFebruary 20, 2019 at 3 PM CT – No exceptions will be made
InterviewsMarch 18, 2019 to June 28, 2019
To view each program’s interview date for 2019, please click here
Programs will begin sending out interview requests beginning 
March 1, 2019.
Rank Order List Entry (via SSO Online Match System) 

Rank Order List Opens: 
July 1, 2019 

Rank Order List Deadline: 
August 2, 2019 at 3 PM CT

Match Results AnnouncedSeptember 6, 2019 via email
Fellowship Start Date August 1, 2020

To review the interview calendar for the 2019 Breast Oncology Fellowship Match and participating programs, please click on this link.

Match Code of Conduct and Professionalism 

Thank you for your interest in a Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Match. The SSO maintains the highest professional standards in the conduct of its Matches and in its interactions with all participants. The SSO expects all Match participants to conduct their affairs in an ethical and professionally responsible manner.

Demonstrating Professional Behavior

Participants must demonstrate professional behavior throughout the application, interview, and matching processes by observing practices that protect the right of applicants and programs to determine their selections in the absence of unwarranted pressure and by respecting the binding nature of a match commitment. Failure to demonstrate professional behavior could result in a Match violation and sanctions.

Consequences of Engaging in Unprofessional Behavior

Failure to comply with all the terms and conditions of the Agreement, whether intentionally or not, may result in an investigation and the imposition of penalties. The violations include, but are not limited to:

  1. After a Match, an applicant who obtained a position does not accept that position. The listing of a program on the applicant’s certified rank list and the listing of an applicant on a program’s rank list establishes a binding commitment to accept/offer an appointment if a match occurs and to start training in good faith on the date specified in the appointment contract.
  2. A program director asks an applicant about ranking preferences or for information about other programs where the applicant has applied or interviewed.
  3. An applicant with a binding commitment applies for, discusses, interviews for, or accepts a concurrent-year position in another program. Similarly, a program director discusses, interviews for, or offers a position to an applicant prior. The Match Participation Agreement prohibits applicants and programs from releasing each other from a match commitment without authorization from the SSO.
  4. During the application, interview, and/or matching process, an applicant fails to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to programs. Similarly, a program fails to provide complete, timely, and accurate information to applicants including a copy of the contract they will be expected to sign if matched to the program and all pertinent information about institutional policies and eligibility requirements for appointment. Programs must provide all such information prior to the Rank Order List Certification Deadline. 

Professionalism and Communication

Interactions between applicants and program directors during the application, interview, and matching processes are an essential component of professionalism. Program directors and applicants may express interest in each other but may not solicit statements implying a commitment. However, some applicants may misinterpret statements of encouragement to signify a commitment on the part of the program, and some programs may make misleading statements.

Such statements are not binding, and neither applicants nor program directors should rely on them when creating their rank order lists. Program directors, institutional officials, and medical school officials should avoid making misleading statements and at all times display a professional code of behavior in their interactions with applicants.


If you wish to withdraw from the match, you must email the SSO Training and Education department at before the Rank List Deadline for the current match year.

Applicants who fail to or choose not to submit their rank list, will not be included in the ranking process and will be listed as “unmatched”.


The information submitted to the SSO on both applicant program information and rank order lists is confidential. It is the policy of the SSO not to disclose such information in any manner that permits individual identification of either applicants or programs. In addition, information contained in the SSO’s match system is confidential and available only to the SSO and other authorized users. Unauthorized use or disclosure of such information to persons not entitled to access it shall be considered a violation of this agreement. Requests for unpublished data or research files must be submitted and are thoroughly reviewed by the SSO.

The Society of Surgical Oncology reviews and approves breast oncology fellowship training programs yearly, and accepts new PID applications January 1 – April 1 of every year. Strict requirements must be met to be an SSO-approved training program. For more information on how to apply to become an SSO-approved training program, please review the application instructions on this page.

For application deadline dates and notification timeline, please click here.

To download the PID application click here.

SSO-Approved Breast Oncology Fellowship Training Programs

Allegheny General Hospital – Pittsburgh, PA

Anne Arundel Medical Center – Annapolis, MD

Baylor Scott & White Health – Dallas, TX

BreastCare Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Boston, MA

The Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center – New York, NY

The Breast Health Center Program in Women’s Oncology/Women and Infants Hospital – Providence, Rl

The Bryn Mawr Hospital – Bryn Mawr, PA

Carolinas Medical Center – Charlotte, NC

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA

Christiana Care Health System – Newark, DE

City of Hope – Duarte, CA

Cleveland Clinic Akron General – Akron, OH

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Cleveland, OH

Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center – New York, NY

Duke University Medical Center – Durham, NC

Emory University School of Medicine – Atlanta, GA

Fox Chase Cancer Center – Philadelphia, PA

Grant Medical Center – Columbus, OH

Georgetown University Hospital Breast Oncology Fellowship Program – Washington, DC

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute – Tampa, FL

Indiana University School of Medicine Breast Fellowship – Indiana

Jackson Memorial Hospital/ University of Miami – Miami, FL

Johns Hopkins Hospital – Baltimore, MD

Maimonides Medical Center – Brooklyn, NY

Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, MA

Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center – New York, NY

Mount Sinai Medical Center – Dubin Breast Center Breast Surgery Fellowship – New York, NY

New York University Langone Medical Center – New York, NY

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine – Chicago, IL

Roswell Park Cancer Institute – Buffalo, NY 

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – New Brunswick, NJ

Stanford University School of Medicine – Stanford, California

Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC) – Lubbock, TX

UCLA Breast Fellowship Program – Los Angeles, CA

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System– Birmingham, AL

University of California at San Francisco Breast Care Center – San Francisco, CA

University of Iowa – Iowa City, IA

University of Kansas – Kansas City, KS

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI

University of Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Fellowship – Philadelphia, PA

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC – Pittsburgh, PA

University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine (Norris Cancer and University Hospitals) and Hoag Memorial Hospital – Los Angeles, CA

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Houston, TX

University of Texas Southwestern Center for Breast Care – Dallas, TX

University of Toronto – Toronto, Canada

Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Nashville, TN

Washington University School of Medicine – St. Louis, MO

West Cancer Center – Memphis, Tennessee

William Beaumont Hospital, Comprehensive Breast Care Program – Royal Oak, MI

Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Little Rock, AR

Yale Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship – New Haven, CT

DISCLAIMER: The breast oncology fellowship training programs described have been reviewed by the Society of Surgical Oncology and have met the criteria necessary to be considered an approved SSO Training Program. Please note, however, that the information listed for each program was provided by the individual training program director and has not been verified by the SSO.

Please go directly to the SSO Operative Data Collection System (ACGME) here.

The SSO continues to provide oversight of the Breast Oncology Fellowship Programs; however, the case op log database is managed by the ACGME. The migration from the previous case op log to the new database has been completed by ACGME. All program directors, coordinators and fellows have been emailed with their new ID and password. If there are any questions related to the case log system, please contact the ACGME support center at 

Questions? Please contact the SSO Training Department at 847-427-1400 or for assistance.

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