Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program

Program Director: Carl Schmidt, MD

The Ohio State University, Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, has had a surgical oncology program since 1977. The program was officially sanctioned by the Society of Surgical Oncology in 1981 and became Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited in 2012. We accept three fellows each year. It is a two year fellowship, with 21 months of clinical work and 3 months of research opportunity. There is an optional third year available for basic science research.

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 20 months on one of the clinical surgical oncology services and one month of radiation therapy, pathology and medical oncology.

Research Opportunities

Fellows are offered either basic or clinical research opportunities making an individualized two-year fellowship program with an optional third year. At present, our research activities include molecular biology, soft tissue sarcoma, radio-guided surgery with the use of different radioactive isotopes, adoptive immunotherapy, hormone and growth receptors, clinical programs in detection and prognostic factors for breast cancer, and tumor immunology. All of these laboratories are ongoing within the division of surgical oncology and provide the fellows with opportunities to either initiate a new project or assist in one of the ongoing programs.

Grants

As part of a robust basic science effort, 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. Close affiliation with an excellent General Surgery residency program permits exposure of fellows to continued core curriculum general surgery.

Meetings and Conferences

Weekly presentations and conferences including Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference, Surgical Oncology Case Conference and Educational Series, and disease specific conferences (Soft Tissue Tumor Board, Colorectal Conference, Pancreas Tumor Board, and Breast Multidisciplinary Conference). Surgical Grand Rounds also occurs weekly; about 10 programs per year directly involve the Division of Surgical Oncology. Monthly meetings include administrative and research meetings in which specific research projects are discussed and critiqued by the oncology faculty. Journal club also meets monthly. Interesting articles related to different aspects of oncology are presented. Fellows and General Surgery residents also take part in a weekly didactic oncology teaching program.

Clinical Trials

 The Arthur G. James Hospital and Ohio State University Hospitals belong to two national cooperative groups: the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) and The National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP). Our fellows are directly exposed to national protocol and are encouraged to attend the group meetings. Upon completion of our fellowship program, approximately 2 out of 3 of our graduates have accepted academic positions in university programs. The other third have entered private practice, with approximately 90% of this third limiting their practice to surgical oncology.

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


Mentorship

Mentorship is important in research 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. Physician-investigators and basic scientists collaborate in seven research programs composed of Prevention and Control, Experimental Therapeutics, Hormones and Cancer, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Carcinogenesis and RNA Oncogenic Viruses. Research within these programs ranges from basic to clinical with the same goal of improving cancer treatment and prevention, and is committed to translating research advances between the bench and the bedside.

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.


Training Tracks

Year 1

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2

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5

6

7

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12

Rotation

Orientation/Shadowing

Gastrointestinal

Hepato-
pancreatico-
biliary

Research

Solid Tumors

% Outpatient

0 20 20 20 20

Site #

1 1 1 1 1

 

Year 2

1

2

3

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5

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12

Rotation Research

Pathology
Medical Onc
Radiation Onc

Gastrointestinal

Hepato-
pancreatico-
biliary

Solid Tumors

% Outpatient

0 20 20 20 20

Site #

1 1 1 1 1


Solid tumors rotation include:

  • Breast
  • Benign and malignant endocrine disease
  • Sarcoma
  • Melanoma and other skin cancers
Each one month rotation will vary in the intensity of the exposure to one or more these areas.

Masters in Medical Science Program

The surgical oncology fellowship also offers an optional year program for a Masters of Medical Science Program (MMSP). The MMSP is designed to support the development of physician-scientist career paths as future leaders in surgery through advanced degree training, research and mentorship. Click here to find out more about the MMSP.

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Carl Schmidt, MD

Fellowship Program Director


Carl Schmidt

 

Dr. Schmidt is a surgical oncologist and specializes in the areas of liver, pancreatic and stomach cancer. He also serves as program director for the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program and is an associate 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

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