Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program

Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program


Program Director: Lawrence Andrew "Drew" Shirley, MD, MS, FACS

The Ohio State University, Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, surgical oncology fellowship program was started in 1977. The program was then officially approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology in 1981, and was among the first fellowships to be approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), in 2012. We accept three fellows each year. It is a two year fellowship, with 20 months of clinical rotations and 4 months of research opportunity. There is an optional third year available for an additional 12 month dedicated research experience.

Clinical Rotations


All of the rotations take place at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. During the two-year fellowship program, the clinical rotations include disease-focused experiences in the surgical treatment of hepatopancreatobiliary cancers, non-HPB upper GI cancers, colorectal cancer, melanoma, sarcoma, endocrine tumors, and breast cancer, as well as a month-long rotation with clinical experiences in radiation therapy, pathology and medical oncology.

The first year of fellowship focuses on a broad exposure to all disease sites treated by the division in one-month disease-site-focused rotations. The first six months of the second year of fellowship will focus on sharpening these skills. The last six months will focus on the disease-site of interest for each fellow, allowing for an individualized experience. This will include focusing exposure to medical oncology, pathology, and radiation oncology relevant to these disease sites. All surgical rotations will include a complement of residents and nurse practitioners to form a comprehensive team for each experience.

Research Opportunities


Fellows are offered research opportunities as part of an individualized two-year fellowship program, with an optional third year. Several wet and dry laboratory experiences are available to provide the fellows with opportunity to either initiate a new project or assist in one of our ongoing programs.

As part of a well-funded research environment, fellows have an opportunity to compete for one of 14 available NCI T32 training grants in cancer research as well obtaining advanced degrees in the Masters of Medical Science Program or in the College of Public Health.

Mentorship


Mentorship is important in both clinical and research training. Fellows work closely with a principal advisor based on their particular, individual interest, but may also collaborate with other faculty members who are often outside of the division. For physician-trainees, selection of a mentor is done by the trainee and the program director after consultation with the training faculty. Fellows may choose research mentors from among the training faculty who interact in the program. Faculty involved in this training program make major contributions to national research groups including national cooperative groups like the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology,), North Central Cancer Treatment Group(NCCTG), Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), as well as contributions to a host of other cancer societies. Thus, trainees are encouraged to/sitecore/shell/Applications/Content%20Editor.aspx?sc_bw=1# be involved, which has a major impact on cancer care in national and international research trials and collaborations with opportunities to present their findings at national meetings.

Faculty involved in this training program make major contributions to national research groups including national cooperative groups like the Alliance Group (American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), Cancer and Leukemia Group B(CALGB), North Central Cancer Treatment Group(NCCTG)), National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), as well as contributions to a host of other cancer societies. Thus, trainees are encouraged to be involved, which has a major impact on cancer care in national and international research trials and collaborations with opportunities to present their findings at national meetings.


Didactic Conferences and Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards

Didactic Conferences


Weekly presentations and conferences including Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference, Surgical Oncology Fellowship Educational Series, and disease specific multidisciplinary conferences. Surgical Grand Rounds also occurs weekly; about 10 programs per year directly involve the Division of Surgical Oncology. Fellows are expected to attend the following conferences regardless of current rotation.

Frequency

Day

Conference

Time

Place

Weekly

Thursday

M&M Conference

6:30-7:30 a.m.

115 BRT

Weekly

Thursday

Surgical Grand Rounds

7:30-8:30 a.m.

115 BRT

Weekly

Friday

Surg Onc Educational Conference

6:30-7:30 a.m.

210 A Faculty Office Tower

Quarterly

Wednesday

SSO National Videoconference

6-7 p.m.

L045 James

Quarterly

Friday

Journal Club - OSU/UofL

7 p.m.

Offsite (Cincinnati, OH)


Rotation Specific Conferences


Fellows are expected to attend disease-specific conferences while on the corresponding rotations.

Frequency

Conference

Time

Place

Every Thursday

Breast Multimodality Meeting

4:30-6 p.m.

JCBC 2002

Every Wednesday

Colon and Rectal Tumor Board

5-6 p.m.

D200 James

1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Wednesday

Cutaneous Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Conference

7:30-8:30 a.m.

D200 James

1st and 3rd Tuesday

Endocrine Multidisciplinary Conference

5-6 p.m.

10th Floor MM

1st and 3rd Monday

Gastroesophageal Tumor Board

7-8 a.m.

D200 James

Every Friday

Multidisciplinary Liver Tumor Board

7:30-8:30 a.m.

210 A Faculty Office Tower

Every Thursday

Multidisciplinary Pancreas Tumor Board

5-6 p.m.

D200 James

1st and 3rd Monday

Neuroendocrine Conference Disease Specific Committee

5-6 p.m.

A452 Starling Loving Hall

1st and 3rd Friday

NET Tumor Board

9:30-10:30 a.m.

B410 Starling Loving Hall

2nd and 4th Wednesday

Pancreas Tumor Board

7-8 a.m.

210 A Faculty Office Tower

Every Wednesday

Sarcoma Tumor Board

6:30-7:30 a.m.

D200 James


Eligibility


By the beginning date of the fellowship, all applicants must have completed their residency training in an ACGME accredited general surgery program in the US or Canada and have attained qualification to sit for the examination of the American Board of Surgery.

Application Process


Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants must request a Token from the ERAS Fellowship Documents Office (EFDO) prior to registering on MYERAS.

For additional information on requirements and the applications process, please visit the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Contact:
Program Coordinator: Jennifer Long
Phone: 614-293-0758
Fax: 614-293-3465
Email: Jennifer.Long@osumc.edu

Address:
The Ohio State University Department of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program
N924 Doan Hall
410 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Lawrence Shirley, MD

Fellowship Program Director


Lawrence Shirley

Dr. Shirley is a surgical oncologist with a focus on endocrine cancers, specifically tumors of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. He also serves as program director for the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program and is an assistant professor of surgical oncology for The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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Contact the Division

Department of Surgery
Division of Surgical
Oncology

N-924 Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1228
Phone: 614-293-0758
Fax: 614-293-3465