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Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

The goal of the Gynecologic Oncology fellowship program is to train academic gynecologic oncologists who are outstanding clinicians, surgeons, teachers, and researchers.

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Program Overview

The Gynecologic Oncology fellowship was founded in 1971 by George W. Morley, MD, who established a tradition of clinical excellence that continues today. 

The fellowship is a three-year ACGME-accredited program for obstetrician-gynecologists seeking sub-specialty training for comprehensive treatment of women with gynecologic malignancies.

The program is structured to provide one year of research experience, followed by two years of clinical training, with the opportunity to take up to three electives. 


Core Program Components

The first year of the program is an opportunity for our trainees to develop their research skills and academic interests. 

Each fellow will select a thesis project and thesis advisor. The project must lead to the completion of a thesis suitable for subspecialty board certification. The thesis will be approved by an appointed Thesis Committee, and a formal defense of the thesis project will be carried out prior to the completion of training. This project may be laboratory-based basic or translational science, or non-laboratory-based epidemiology or outcomes research.

The first-year fellow is not assigned any clinical responsibilities and participates in a limited clinical call schedule (weekend call every third week).

Fellows actively participate in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient care of patients with known or suspected gynecologic cancer, including evaluation, planning, treatment, and follow-up at both the University of Michigan Hospital and Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. Our fellows are responsible for day-to-day patient care decisions, as appropriate for the individual fellow’s level of training and experience. Faculty consultation is available to the fellows at all times.

Our fellows gain experience in a wide variety of surgical procedures, including bowel surgery and urologic surgery, in addition to gynecologic procedures. The University of Michigan strictly follows the ABOG Guide to Learning in Gynecologic Oncology.

Fellows obtain Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification before beginning the clinical portion of the fellowship program. On the surgical oncology/breast care center rotation, the fellow participates in the capacity of a senior-level house officer.

Our division is committed to fellow education. Each fellow will be provided resources and experience to develop academic skills. The fellow will develop the ability to use appropriate methods and educational aids to teach medical students, residents, and allied healthcare professionals in clinical or classroom environments.

Fellows are also expected to participate in the education of residents and medical students. Two or three residents at different levels of training, one or more medical students, and one pharmacy student are usually assigned to the division for each rotation. The rotations are one month in duration for the residents and pharmacy students, and one to two weeks in duration for the medical students. Residents and medical students function as important members of the health care team under the direction of the gynecologic oncology fellows. This relationship exists in the ambulatory patient clinics, the inpatient service, and the operating room. In addition to teaching on daily work rounds and in the operating room, fellows are asked to prepare and deliver formal lectures and seminars for the resident core curriculum and lead discussions at department journal clubs. 

In addition to research training, our fellows participate in weekly didactics and regular conferences to ensure that they are up to date on the most current research and literature on important topics in gynecologic oncology.

Gynecologic Oncology Didactics: Our trainees participate in weekly gynecologic oncology didactic sessions. Reading material on a clinical or basic science topic is assigned to each fellow and is discussed by one of the attending faculty. Particular attention is given to the pharmacology of chemotherapy, surgical methods, and areas of controversy or new research. Anatomy review with dissection of a cadaver is offered every 3 years.

Division of Gynecologic Oncology Academic Conference Day: Trainees also participate in a bi-monthly division of gynecologic oncology academic conference day. The conference is divided into a faculty-led oncology journal club, a fellow-led peri-operative case discussion with pertinent literature review, a fellow-led chemotherapy case discussion with literature review, a research seminar with current research data presented by any member in the division (or guests from other areas), and the division administrative meeting including the monthly Graduate Education Committee for review of fellowship issues. 

Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board: Fellows also play an important role in the weekly Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board, a multidisciplinary conference is held with the Department of Radiation Oncology, the Division of Surgical Pathology, and the Division of Medical Oncology. All patients with newly diagnosed gynecologic cancer who require the formulation of a treatment plan, as well as patients who require a new treatment strategy because of a change in disease status, are discussed and the pathology is reviewed. Residents prepare patient care summary notes and present the clinical history. The fellows prepare the presentation list and review any radiographic studies of interest. Following a review of the pertinent pathology, the fellow proposes a management plan with citation of current literature and assessment of protocol eligibility. Following a discussion with the attending faculty, a plan of management is formalized and recommendations for treatment are established.

Fellowship Common Curriculum

The Department is home to 11 Board-certified and non-Board-certified clinical and research fellowships in obstetrics and gynecology. To promote cross-specialty collaboration, all trainees take part in our didactic curriculum. These are ½ day educational seminars on numerous topics relevant to clinical research and academic leadership.

Topics include research design and implementation, identifying funding opportunities, manuscript timelines and preparation, how to be an effective teacher and employment opportunities. In addition, the department sponsors social events for fellows and advanced trainees across all specialties to further encourage collaboration and to help fellows build both a professional and personal network.

 

Ongoing Educational Opportunities

The U-M Medical School Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to the ongoing development and education of our faculty, staff, and learners. Each year, we provide over 100 CME activities for physicians and healthcare professionals to enhance learning and improve patient outcomes.

Ongoing Educational Opportunities

Application Information

Minimum Requirements

  • ERAS application
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation - a minimum of 3 (ERAS can hold up to 4)
  • USMLE/COMLEX scores
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
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Elective rotation reports from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center can be emailed directly to the Fellowship Manager, Maeve Sullivan.

We do not review CREOG scores in our assessment of applicants. Score reports are not required.

Application Deadline

Thank you for your interest in the Gynecologic Oncologic fellowship program at Michigan Medicine. We are not accepting applications for the 2025 fellowship start date. We encourage you to check back in January 2025 for recruitment information about the 2026 start date.

Fellowship applications are accepted via Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Salary & Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and generous benefits to our fellows and advanced trainees. Trainee salary will be commensurate with that of a House Officer at an equivalent level of training based on the HOA contract.

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Current Fellows

We emphasize teamwork, excellence, and leadership while preparing fellows to succeed as clinically skilled, compassionate obstetrician-gynecologists. Current Gynecologic Oncology fellows are training to become leaders in gynecologic oncology.

Meet Current Fellows
Recent Graduates
  • Alli Straubhar, MD
    2020-2023 Gynecologic Oncology Fellow
    Next Steps: Gynecologic Oncologist, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Aimee Rolston, MD, MS
    2019-2022 Gynecologic Oncology Fellow
    Next Steps: Michigan Medicine
  • Kevin McCool, MD, PhD
    2018-2021 Gynecologic Oncology Fellow
    Next Steps: Beaumont
  • Melissa Brackmann, MD
    2016-2020 Gynecologic Oncology Fellow
    Next Steps: University of Utah School of Medicine and the Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Carrie McIlwain, MD
    2016-2019 Gynecologic Oncology Fellow
    Next Steps: Gynecologic Cancer Institute of Chicago
Program Leadership
profile-dee-fenner-2023 Dee E Fenner, MD
Bates Professor of Diseases of Women and Children
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Urology
profile-jean-m-siedel-2023 Jean H Siedel, DO
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Maeve Sullivan Maeve Sullivan
Program Manager
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