Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology
Receive well rounded clinical and research training and become an academic leader in gynecologic oncology. Apply to The University of New Mexico fellowship in gynecologic oncology, a three-year position accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
If selected as a fellow, you’ll train under the direction of fellowship-trained gynecologic oncology faculty. Spend 18 months at UNM Hospital/UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center and six months at Southwest Women's Oncology. Both locations have a statewide referral base and familiarize you with the full spectrum of gynecologic oncology. Clinics focus only on women with gynecologic malignancies or complicated gynecologic problems.
Divide your time between inpatient, outpatient and operating room care. You’ll gain experience with:
- Chemotherapy care planning, dose modification and sequencing
- Open and minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery
- Elective rotations
- Palliative care
- Radiation oncology
- Surgical intensive care unit/critical care
Provide care through a team-based approach. Work with, learn from and teach midlevel providers, nurses, nurse navigators, research staff, residents, medical students and other key team members.
Participate in the full spectrum of research activities—from basic, translational and clinical science to epidemiology and population-based studies. Choose research opportunities that interest you, such as working in the mentor’s lab or collaborating with other faculty on:
- Cancer genomics
- Cancer survivorship
- Hormone signaling
- Mathematical modeling of tumor behavior and drug diffusion
- Population genetics
- Single-cell imaging and receptor biology
- Vaccine design
Take advantage of a wide range of shared resources available through the UNM Cancer Research Facility.
Research Curriculum Options
You must complete and defend a thesis during the fellowship. Devote your first 12 months of training to the research curriculum and thesis development. Explore the following research curriculum opportunities:
- Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science, which provides the foundation for conducting National Institutes of Health-funded clinical and translational research
- Directors’ lecture series, weekly seminars led by preeminent researchers and hosted at the UNM Cancer Center
- Grant writing courses offered every semester through the Clinical and Translational Science Center and UNM School of Medicine
- Journal clubs at the Cancer Research Facility
- Principles of Biostatistics and Data Science for Cancer Researchers, a nine-week course taught by Ji-Hyun Lee, PhD
- Summer institute in community based participatory research
You’ll benefit from dedicated time for fellow-specific didactics, tumor board conferences, morbidity and mortality conferences, case log review and departmental grand rounds. Attend the annual Society of Gynecologic Oncology conference and other meetings with financial support from the UNM Division of Gynecologic Oncology. You’ll receive a financial allowance for other scholarly activity, including the purchase of educational materials or tuition for courses not available at UNM.
You won’t take general Ob/Gyn call. You’ll be on house call to cover gynecologic oncology service only. The two clinical fellows split call, with a faculty member always assigned.
You must have completed an ACGME-accredited Ob/Gyn residency program to qualify for the fellowship. To apply, send the following documents and information to the Electronic Residency Application Service by April 15:
- Curriculum vitae
- Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology scores
- Medical school transcript
- Personal statement
- Photograph – wallet-sized color photo
- U.S. Medical Licensing Exam transcript
- Recommendation letters – Three from professional colleagues, including one from your residency program director and one from a gynecologic oncologist. Also, if you do a rotation such as the MD Anderson or Memorial Sloan Kettering rotating fellowships, send a letter from this rotation.