The Breast Oncology Fellowship includes dedicated core rotations in breast surgery, medical oncology, pathology, radiation oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and breast imaging. Of the one-year fellowship, seven to eight months are dedicated to the surgical management of benign and malignant breast conditions. During this time the fellow works closely with the seven breast oncology surgical faculty members of the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center – A Project of Women’s Guild. The fellow will receive intensive training in surgical procedures, including sentinel lymph node biopsy techniques, various types of tumor resections, nipple-sparing mastectomy, oncoplastic surgery, reconstructive procedures, image-guided procedures and minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Additional rotations offer experience in genetics, psycho-oncology, community outreach, and survivorship and rehabilitation.
The core curriculum includes didactic sessions; specialty meetings and conferences; and clinical research. The breast fellow will present new patients at the Multidisciplinary Breast Tumor Board, where pathology slides and images are reviewed with multiple attending physicians for discussion of multidisciplinary care. Additionally, the trainee will participate fully in the management of complex breast problems, evaluate patients with both benign and malignant breast conditions and coordinate care with multidisciplinary specialists.