Educational Objectives

The Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Louisville has established an ACGME accredited two-year fellowship in order to train general surgeons in the art and science of modern academic surgical oncology. The fellowship accepts one highly qualified applicant per year. The ultimate goal of the faculty is to empower young surgical oncologists with the tools and resources necessary to provide compassionate care to patients afflicted with cancer and to conduct meaningful research in the field of oncology.

The fellowship is divided into two main categories: research and clinical. Each fellow spends 4 months in one of the laboratories at the University of Louisville conducting basic science and translational research. The experience gained during this time is invaluable: not only will important data be generated and findings presented at national meetings, but the trainees gain access to some of the brightest minds in research. In addition, the fellows have the option to enroll in the University of Louisville MSc program, a biostatistics and research design program sponsored by the School of Public Health. Research does not end when the fellows leave the lab; instead, the focus shifts to clinical research, of which some of the most important findings in the field of surgical oncology have been discovered by investigators at UofL. Clinical experience forms the basis of the fellow’s operative and clinical education.