The first year of fellowship in gynecologic oncology consists of research and the subsequent two years will be spent in clinical gynecologic oncology, under the guidance of the three faculty members who have appointments at the UT Health San Antonio Joe and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. Each faculty member rotates as an attending for the Gynecologic Oncology service.
The clinical team consists of the two clinical fellows (senior and junior fellows), one fourth-year resident, one second-year resident and one first-year resident. Several third- and fourth-year medical students rotate on the clinical team as well. Each faculty member is always ready to assist the fellow in obtaining the knowledge, skill and capability to manage all gynecologic oncology patients.
The fellow’s inpatient rotations will include all surgeries related to gynecologic malignancies, as well as difficult pelvic surgeries not related to cancer diagnoses. The fellow will participate in all surgical procedures in the categories defined by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, depending upon the type of surgery being performed, the level of the fellow’s proficiency, and the year of training. Periodic meetings with the program director will assure the fellows are obtaining adequate numbers and types of surgical cases to fulfill their training requirements.
The Gynecologic oncologists within the division are trained and perform intestinal and urologic surgery related to gynecologic malignancies and will train the fellows in such. However, to provide the fellow with a concentrated experience in complex intestinal surgeries, the fellow will rotate for 4 weeks on the Colorectal Surgery service.
The Gynecologic Oncology and the Colorectal Surgery services have a long tradition of excellent collegial patient care. The fellows will also participate in a four-week rotation in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit where they will have a rigorous experience in the care of seriously ill patients.
During the latter part of their senior year the fellows will have a four-week rotation on the radiation therapy service. During this rotation, fellows are required to attend didactic lectures in radiation physics and radiation biology and will have the opportunity to perform brachytherapy procedures. Fellows will also spend a four-week rotation on the Palliative Care service during their first clinical year.
During this rotation fellows are supervised by the Palliative Care Service faculty, all of whom have extensive clinical experience and board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Fellows are introduced to all aspects of Palliative Care and are expected to work together with all members of the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team.
Edward R. Kost, MD
Georgia A. McCann, MD
Associate Program Director
Patricia D. Gutierrez