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Comprehensive Training for Careers in Academic Gynecologic Oncology

The University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center fellowship program in Gynecologic Oncology is a three-year program designed to train physicians who have completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology for careers in academic gynecologic oncology. The fellowship is supported by the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.

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Program Aims

The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship is designed with the following aims:

  1. Prepare graduates for an academic career in gynecologic oncology
  2. Produce graduates who are committed to continually expanding their abilities and improving their patient care based on rigorous self-evaluation and life-long learning
  3. Produce graduates that recognize social and environmental determinants of health and engage the community that they serve throughout their clinical, research, and educational work
  4. Train physician educators
  5. Train physicians who practice high value care
  6. Train physicians who critically analyze and rapidly adopt best practices
  7. Train physicians who are capable of analyzing quality and promoting systems based changes for quality improvement

Three-Year Fellowship

One year of the fellowship is devoted to acquiring basic, clinical or epidemiologic research skills under the mentorship of research and teaching faculty at UH Cleveland Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Coursework is taken through Case Western Reserve University to support the academic goals of the fellow. Two additional years of the fellowship involve clinical training on the gynecologic oncology services, primarily within UH Seidman Cancer Center.


While we adhere to standards and common requirements of both the ABOG and ACGME for training fellows within our subspecialty, we feel that the training of our Gynecologic Oncology Fellows ought to be individualized towards the interests and strengths of each fellow.  The educational process is formally structured with an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that is constructed soon after entering the program by the Gynecologic Oncology Fellow and an conjunction with an advisory committee comprised of their chosen research mentor, and Kristine Zanotti, MD.

The IDP enumerates program requirements but also provides a framework to address skill acquisition regarding academic achievement, research, advocacy and outreach opportunities, and local/regional/national leadership opportunities. The IDP is considered a flexible blueprint that can be modified in response to the fellow’s achievements, challenges, or redirection of interests. All fellows review their IDP a minimum of twice a year with their advisory committee.

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