Residencies and Fellowships
The Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC offers an integrated approach to the management of breast cancer patients in an academic tertiary care environment. The Breast Surgery Section of the Division of Surgical Oncology offers a one-year surgical fellowship designed to provide in-depth multidisciplinary training in the diagnostic evaluation, surgical management, and adjuvant care of breast cancer patients, in addition to the management of patients with benign breast disorders. The goal of the fellowship is to provide the trainee with the independent skills to be a leader in breast care in an academic or community environment.
The Breast fellow will spend six months on the breast surgical service working with five full-time surgeons. Over 1,700 breast surgical procedures are performed annually at Magee-Womens Hospital. Over 9,300 ambulatory patients were seen in the Breast Care Center last year, including 2,900 new consultations and over 900 new breast cancer patients. In addition to a busy operative experience, significant emphasis will be placed on the outpatient evaluation of breast imaging, pathology results, and patient risk factors to develop a comprehensive care plan. Development of ultrasound skills for characterization of breast lesions, image-guided biopsy, and rotations in Breast Imaging, Pathology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Risk Assessment, and Genetic Counseling.
Fellows will participate in a weekly multidisciplinary breast cancer conference for treatment planning. Teaching conferences led by faculty in the Breast Cancer Program are designed to cover the core educational objectives developed through the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS).
The Breast Cancer Program has an active clinical research program and participates in cooperative group trials through the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), as well as in-house investigator-initiated trials.The fellow will be encouraged to participate in clinical research under the guidance of attending preceptors. The Breast Program is aligned with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center offering the opportunity for collaborative efforts with basic and translational researchers. Translational research projects involving basic scientists at UPCI are available and strongly encouraged. Fellows will be encouraged to submit abstracts for presentation at the national oncology meeting.
Prospective fellows must be board-eligible or board-certified in general surgery or gynecologic-oncology, and be eligible for an unrestricted license to practice medicine in Pennsylvania.
Gretchen M. Ahrendt, MD, FACS