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Surgical Oncology Fellowships

Complex General Surgical Oncology (CGSO) Fellowships

The Society of Surgical Oncology is pleased to report that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Board of Directors has approved the program requirements for Complex General Surgical Oncology. All fellowship programs based in the United States listed on the program list below are accredited by the ACGME. These programs are required to comply with the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Complex General Surgical Oncology.

The Society of Surgical Oncology has approved all five Canadian programs, which are also accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Strict requirements, listed below, must be met to be an SSO-approved training program.

New Case Minimums: The RC-Surgery of the ACGME has implemented new case number requirements (view PDF), effective with surgeons who began CGSO fellowship training as of July 1, 2016. These surgeons will be required to have met the new case requirements by the time of their application to the CGSO QE.

Surgical Oncology Training Program

The Society of Surgical Oncology is pleased to report that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Board of Directors has approved the program requirements for Complex General Surgical Oncology. All fellowship programs based in the United States listed on the Program List below are accredited by the ACGME. These programs are required to comply with the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Complex General Surgical Oncology.

The Society of Surgical Oncology has approved all three Canadian programs, which are also accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Strict requirements outlined below must be met to be an SSO-approved training program.  

Complex General Surgical Oncology Curriculum
All approved Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship programs, must follow and base their program on the Complex General Surgical Oncology Curriculum. This curriculum outline is available here.

The CGSO SCORE modules are based on the curriculum outline.

2021 Surgical Oncology Fellowship Match (Fellowship Positions Starting July 2022 )

  • Applicants to the 2021 Surgical Oncology Fellowship Match will submit applications and supporting documents through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The SSO will not accept applications for the match. Applicants must request a Token from the ERAS Fellowships Documents Office (EFDO) prior to registering on MyERAS, beginning July 9, 2020.
Request TokenFellowship Token may be requested from Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) beginning July 9, 2020. A Residency Token will not allow you to apply for Fellowship programs. Click here to request a Token.
Application OpensMyERAS will open for fellowship applicants to register and begin working on their applications on  November 17, 2020. Applicants may begin applying to CGSO programs through myERAS on December 1, 2020.
Application DeadlineThe deadline to submit your application via MyERAS is January 18, 2021No exceptions will be made.
InterviewsInterviews will take place February 2021 – May 2021. Interviews will be conducted virtually in 2021.
Rank Order List Entry (via NRMP)The Ranking Entry process will be conducted through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP®). Program candidates must register with the NRMP® (even if you have utilized the R3 system before). Please do this by going to Registration, Ranking, and Results® (R3®) system, using a unique email, username and password.Registration opens on March 24, 2021.Rank Order List Opens: April 21, 2021Quota Changes Due: May 19, 2021Rank Order List Deadline: June 2, 2021
Match Results AnnouncedJune 16, 2021 via NRMP
Fellowship Start DateAugust 1, 2022 – Exceptions: University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and McGill University start date is July 1.

QUESTIONS regarding ERAS? Please contact ERAS at myeras@aamc.org or 202-862-6264.

QUESTIONS regarding NRMP? Please contact NRMP at support@nrmp.org or 202-400-2233.

For any other questions please contact the SSO at 847-427-1400

Below are some links that you may find helpful throughout the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Match process:

Events and Conferences

Fellows Institute

SSO Fellows Institute Color LogoSSO’s Fellows Institute is an annual educational program cosponsored by the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA) and the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS). 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.

SSO is exploring a virtual meeting option for the 2021 meeting. More information will be posted on this page soon.

CGSO Board Review Course

SSO CGSO Board Exam Color LogoSuccessful completion of the CGSO Board Exam is a landmark milestone in the career of a surgical oncologist. SSO wants to help ensure that CGSO fellows pass the exam and take the next step in their surgical career. 

Additional information about the 2022 CGSO Board Exam Review Course will be available soon.

Virtual & On-Demand Education

CGSO National Videoconference Series

Northwestern University’s Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) offers a funded, two-year, on-site fellowship in surgical outcomes, health services and health policy research for surgical residents and post-doctoral trainees. The goal of the research fellowship is to help prepare surgical residents and post-doctoral trainees for a successful career in academic surgery by developing an expertise in surgical health services and outcomes research. Research fellows will spend a minimum of two years with the SOQIC research team conducting research, taking advanced degree courses and working on developing a robust, meaningful research agenda.

Learn more.

List of CGSO Fellowship Programs

Questions? Please contact the SSO Training Department at 847-427-1400 (Option 3) or fellowship@surgonc.org for assistance.

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