Breast Surgery Oncology Program

Program Description 

Breast Surgery FellowshipThe University of Toronto offers a 1-year fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology aimed at providing fellows with a multidisciplinary approach to the management of breast cancer and an appreciation of the interrelationship between research and optimal clinical care. Fellows in this program benefit from exposure to faculty and facilities at two cancer centres with distinct yet complementary strengths: the Princess Margaret Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and the Edmond Odette Regional Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. These two cancer centres serve the Greater Toronto Area (population 5.5 million) and are referral centres for complex cancer patients for the province of Ontario (12 million). Both have extensive programs in clinical, translational and basic science research. 

The primary focus of the fellowship is to provide experience in all aspects of the assessment and surgical management of breast diseases, including sentinel node biopsy and oncoplastic surgery. In addition to the surgical experience, fellows are provided with rotations in breast imaging, pathology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology. There is also considerable exposure to the management (including surgery) of melanoma. Fellows are expected to take a leadership role in tumour boards, journal clubs and didactic teaching sessions held in collaboration with the Fellowship Program in General Surgical Oncology. 

All fellows are required to complete a research project suitable for publication during their fellowship -- this can take a variety of forms, from completion of a project in the context of a one year clinical fellowship, to formal graduate training in an area of research focus, (usually a minimum 2 yr commitment). There are available supervisors (not necessarily surgeons) in a wide variety of research areas including basic science research (biological, technology development etc), translational research, health services and outcome research, health policy, education, knowledge translation and clinical research. 

Recognizing that fellows will have varying surgical experience and academic training, and will also ultimately work in a variety of settings, the program addresses individual trainee and institutional needs and characteristics. Fellows receive flexible instruction and opportunities to explore areas of academic interest that will enable them to practice as Breast/Melanoma surgeons in academic cancer centres, regional cancer centres or community hospitals. 

University Affiliation: University of Toronto 

Program Director: Wey Leong 
Co-director: Nicole Look Hong 

Administrative Inquiries: 
Keri Medeiros
Division of Surgical Oncology 
OPG Wing, 6th Floor, 6W275 
610 University Avenue 
Toronto, Ontario 
Canada M5G 2M9 
Phone: (416) 946-4501 Ext 3984
Fax: (416) 946-4429

On-call commitments: Fellows will be required to take some call at the senior resident level 
Stipend: $CAN 70,000 per year. All fellows are required to apply for any external funding for which they are eligible, including training grants and/or travelling fellowships from their home institutions/countries. 
Duration: 1 year, July – June. An additional research year may be available for fellows enrolled in graduate degree programs at the University of Toronto if funding permits. 
Application deadline: August 1 of the year prior to commencing the fellowship. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 
Application requirements: 
    - Completion of surgical training at a recognized surgical training program 
    - Eligibility for an educational license to practice medicine in the province of 
    - Updated curriculum vitae 
    - Three letters of reference sent directly to the program directors 

Attending surgeons:

         Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 
                    Jean-Francois Boileau 
                    Claire Holloway
                    Frances Wright

         Princess Margarret Hospital 
                    Tulin Cil 
                    Alexandra Easson 
                    Jaime Escallon 
                    Wey Leong 
                    David McCready 
                    Michael Reedijk 

The deadline for applications is August 1 for the following July 1 start date. 
Interested candidates should submit curriculum vitae, three letters of reference and a covering letter indicating career plans particularly any future committed positions, personal goals for the fellowship, and any funding from a sponsoring institution or country to: 

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 
Nicole Look Hong, MD, FRCSC 
Odette Cancer Centre 
2075 Bayview Avenue, T2-102, 
Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 
Tel: (416) 480-4832 
Fax: (416) 480-6002 

Princess Margaret Hospital 
Wey L. Leong, MD, MSc, FRCSC 
Division of General Surgery 
University Health Network 
610 University Avenue, 
Suite 3-130 
Toronto, ON M5G 2M9 
Tel: 416-946-2992 
Fax: 416-946-6590 

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