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Research Programs

Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Research Rotation, Year 1

One year of the three-year fellowship is protected time for research and academic development in which there will be minimal interruption from clinical duties related to the fellowship. The training of gynecologic oncology fellows will be individualized based on the fellows’ previous training, skills, research interests and other aspirations. The educational process will be formally structured with an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that is constructed within three months of entering the program by the fellow and an advisory committee comprised of:

  1. Their chosen research mentor
  2. Kristine Zanotti, MD

The IDP will enumerate goals for academic and professional development encouraged by the program and will provide a framework to address progression towards these stated goals. However, it will be considered a flexible blueprint that can be modified in response to the fellow’s achievements, difficulties or redirection of interests. The IDP will be reviewed twice a year by the fellow and their advisory committee.

Our program is designed to foster the desire and opportunity to pursue a more expanded mentored and collaborative investigational experience that has the ultimate goal of training interested fellows to become productive junior faculty investigators who are poised to initiate collaborative investigative experiences and funding after their fellowship.  

During their first year, fellows will develop and initiate new research projects with their chosen thesis mentor(s). For their thesis mentor, fellows may select from a variety of potential research mentors within the department and institution and will formally interview among select potential mentor candidates in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, epidemiology or biostatics during their first month.  An interview with Stefanie Avril, MD PhD, will be arranged as a standard interview.  Dr. Avril is a translational research scientist, she is Chair of the multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Translational Research Working Group.

Additional interviews will be selected by the fellow from the candidates delineated in the application based on their individual interests, typically within the Clinical Research Scholars Program at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Fellows with specific interests that are outside the faculty areas of interest may contact additional faculty. To be approved as a fellow’s primary research mentor, a faculty member must have evidence of prior productive mentoring experiences and have adequate funding, facilities and space. Moreover, oversight for progress assessments within our division is required and will take place during scheduled research meetings.

Select Research Programs

Gynecologic fellows have been involved in many academic projects throughout the cancer center, including educational research, quality research, and translational research including the following select programs: