Curriculum

First-Year Fellow

The first year of fellowship is devoted to 12 months of research that will be located at either Columbia University Medical Center or Weill-Cornell Medical College. During the first year, the fellow is enrolled in a one semester biostatistics and epidemiology course, titled “Biostatistical Data Analysis I.” In this course, the fellow learns theoretical aspects of statistical methodology and epidemiology and how to apply these methods.

 

Beginning in July 2015, the first-year fellow will participate in a course created for fellows within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, titled “Principles and Concepts in Epidemiology.” The course is geared toward fellows in all disciplines within the Department and will strengthen and solidify concepts acquired in the Biostatistics course.

 

The first-year fellow also participates in a six-week course devoted to clinical trial design, research methodology, and grantsmanship. The course is comprised of medical and pediatric oncology fellows, as well as gynecologic oncology trainees. The goal of this course is for the fellow to develop a grant proposal, which can consist of a clinical or translational trial, laboratory investigation, or population-based study. During the course, the fellow receives group feedback during the development process. At the conclusion of the course, the fellow will submit their proposal for a young investigator award.

 

Lastly, throughout the clinical years of fellowship, the fellows undertake clinical and translational investigations. In conducting these studies, the fellow works with their mentor to develop an analytic plan. Statistical resources are available at both Cornell and Columbia to assist the fellow with data analysis, but the fellow maintains responsibility for all aspects of the analysis.

 

We believe our training in biostatistics and epidemiology provides a strong foundation for our fellows and their future career endeavors.

Second-/Third-Year Fellow

From the first day of the second year, the fellow is in charge of the inpatient service. Initially, the fellow is first to assist all cases until such time that a senior resident assists the fellow. On average, this occurs three to four months into the second clinical year. The fellow is responsible for actively supervising the Gynecologic Oncology Clinic, evaluation of consults, and treatment planning.

 

During the second half of the third year, the fellow is independently operating with the residents with attending supervision.

 

In addition to the clinical workload in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, during the second year there is a one-month rotation in the SICU and during the third year, the fellow will rotate with Radiation Oncology.