Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship

University Hospitals Provides Fellows with 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 and Gynecology 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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Goals of Fellowship Training

The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship is designed to produce clinicians who:

  • Have a breadth and depth of surgical and clinical expertise to make them outstanding clinicians
  • Possess the knowledge base, analytical skill, creative thinking and investigative experience in translational or clinically-based investigation that will poise them to become productive junior faculty investigators after their fellowship
  • Fully understand that humanism, compassion and respect are core elements of outstanding clinical care and are also values essential to any collaborative work

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, and Christa Nagel, 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 (Please provide a link to IDP document). 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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