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Program Coordinator, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program
Maria I. Paez
Phone: 305-585-1280
Email: mpaez2@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
All of our positions are filled through the Society of Surgical Oncology Program. We do not offer out-of-match positions.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Society of Surgical Oncology website.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning on, or around, January 8 through the end of the month. Interviews are conducted from February to June.

Call Schedule

Call schedule is split with the senior surgery resident on the service.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1 and 2 prior to the start of the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of a successfully completed, fully-accredited surgical residency program. Applicants must be board certified or eligible for board certification. Foreign applicants must have completed a surgical residency program in their country and meet all University of Miami/Jackson Health System Graduate Medical Education requirements.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Mission & Vision

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship offers an integrated approach to the management of breast cancer patients in an academic tertiary care environment. The goal of the fellowship is to train surgeons who are interested in becoming specialists and leaders in the field of breast surgery by providing them with the independent skills to be breast care leaders in academic or community environments. Our vision is to form a group of graduates that would carry on some of the unique treatment approaches that have been developed at our institution, but also to help grow physician scientists and leaders in the community at-large.

Mission & Vision

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship offers an integrated approach to the management of breast cancer patients in an academic tertiary care environment. The goal of the fellowship is to train surgeons who are interested in becoming specialists and leaders in the field of breast surgery by providing them with the independent skills to be breast care leaders in academic or community environments. Our vision is to form a group of graduates that would carry on some of the unique treatment approaches that have been developed at our institution, but also to help grow physician scientists and leaders in the community at-large.

Program Director’s Welcome

The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship offers a one- to two-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 management of patients with benign breast disorders. In addition, a strong emphasis is placed on participation in clinical and translational research.

Program Director’s Welcome

The Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship offers a one- to two-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 management of patients with benign breast disorders. In addition, a strong emphasis is placed on participation in clinical and translational research.

Breast cancer treatment has become very complicated, especially for providers who are not (or cannot be) fully vested in this specific area of expertise. This is especially so since the research is moving forward at such a fast pace, and what was the standard of care five years ago is no longer the standard of care today, and will likely change again in a matter of just a few years. This is pretty unique to the quickly advancing field of breast surgery. Another distinguishing factor for our field is how multidisciplinary care has become a necessity for the optimization of breast cancer care. The breast specialist is also often the “primary” breast care provider enabling him/her to diagnose different conditions and not only treat diagnoses made by other providers. Breast ultrasound and other diagnostic modalities are an essential armamentarium for the breast surgical oncologist.

Our program strives to be at the forefront of breast care and to provide graduates with the necessary tools for a successful career, be it academic or community-based. To that end, our fellows are taught standard breast surgery skills along with research tools, breast ultrasound, oncoplastic surgery, intraoperative radiation, lymphedema preventative techniques and more.

We are proud to say that our program has been able to train U.S. and international fellows, all of whom have been successful in their careers. Furthermore, very shortly after its creation, our program was fully accredited by the Society of Surgical Oncology, the official accrediting body for breast surgical oncology. This accreditation gives our graduates additional credibility by providing leading-edge research, the highest quality standards of care and a knowledge exchange outlet, connecting cancer surgeons worldwide.

If you are excited by the idea of becoming a world expert in breast surgery and breast care, we are excited to show you why this fellowship program is the one for you.

-Eli Avisar, MD

Description

Our program strives to be at the forefront of breast care and to provide graduates with the necessary tools for a successful career, be it academic or community-based. To that end, our fellows are taught standard breast surgery skills along with research tools, breast ultrasound, oncoplastic surgery, intraoperative radiation, lymphedema preventative techniques and more.

We are proud to say that our program has been able to train U.S. and international fellows, all of whom have been successful in their careers. Furthermore, very shortly after its creation, our program was fully accredited by the Society of Surgical Oncology, the official accrediting body for breast surgical oncology. This accreditation gives our graduates additional credibility by providing leading-edge research, the highest quality standards of care and a knowledge exchange outlet, connecting cancer surgeons worldwide.

If you are excited by the idea of becoming a world expert in breast surgery and breast care, we are excited to show you why this fellowship program is the one for you.

-Eli Avisar, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

None

Number of Fellows per Year?

1

Duration of Fellowship?

1 to 2 years
(second year optional)

Program Highlights

3rd largest teaching hospital in the U.S.

Active clinical research program & participation in cooperative group trials & in-house investigator-initiated trials

Innovative breast surgery treatments & procedures, including integrated breast ultrasound

Clinical Experience

Year 1

One fellow is accepted every year and intensively trained. During the first year, the fellow spends six months on the breast surgical service working with the whole breast surgery team at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility and The Taylor Breast Health Center/Roberta Orlen Chaplin Digital Breast Imaging Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Significant emphasis is 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 intraoperative localization is emphasized.

The remainder of the year includes month-long rotations in breast imaging, pathology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery and risk assessment and genetic counseling. The fellow is evaluated at the end of each rotation by the clinical preceptor of that rotation, as well as every three months on the breast surgery service. The evaluation includes patient care, technical skills, medical knowledge, clinical judgment, teaching, academic performance, organization, work relationship, empathy to patients and dependability.

Year 2

The second year is dedicated to clinical research while continuing the clinical breast activities for one to two days a week, and for afterhours coverage. The goal of this optional second year is to foster the development of breast oncology researchers who will be able to return to their institutions and function not only as excellent clinicians but also become academic leaders in the field of breast oncology. After the first six months of the first year, the candidate is evaluated for suitability and interest in this track, based on both candidate interest and the evaluations during that time. When a second year is offered, the candidate is given the choice of a few mentors for their research project and is expected to formulate a project plan prior to starting the second year. Evaluations continue throughout the second year by the research mentor and by the breast surgery service in three-month intervals.

Your Faculty

Eli Avasar, MD
Director, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program
Professor, Surgery

Dido Franceschi, MD
Professor, Surgery

Neha Goel, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgery

Carmen Gomez-Fernandez, MD
Director, Head and Neck Pathology Fellowship Program
Professor, Pathology
Vice Chair and Director, Education

Susan B. Kesmodel, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery

Mecker Moller, MD
Associate Director, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program

Cristiane Takita, MD, MBA
Professor, Radiation Oncology

Catherine Frances Welsh, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery

Monica M. Yepes, MD
Associate Professor, Surgery

Alumni Placements Include:

BASS Medical Group
Georgia Regents University
Jackson Memorial Hospital
King Fahad Specialist Hospital-Dammam
Soroka University Medical Center
Southcoast Physicians Group

Alumni Placements Include:

BASS Medical Group
Georgia Regents University
Jackson Memorial Hospital
King Fahad Specialist Hospital-Dammam
Soroka University Medical Center
Southcoast Physicians Group