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Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology

The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, is a three year training program dually accredited by both the ACGME and the AOA with one trainee accepted per year. The Fellowship is dedicated to the development and maintenance of a training program of the highest quality by preparing compassionate and competent Gynecologic Oncologists. In its striving for excellence, the Fellowship Program is committed to serving the community, the sponsoring institution, the faculty, staff and fellow physicians.

Education and Training

Good Samaritan’s high quality medical services extend across the continuum of care to all disciplines, both for inpatients and outpatients. A stellar reputation exists for Good Samaritan’s first rate women’s services. The Good Samaritan Breast Health Center and the Department of Radiology are complemented by an array of state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging capabilities that includes: Mammography, Digital 3D Tomosynthesis, Sonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) scanner. The Ambulatory Surgery Department, where patients have same day procedures, treats an average of almost 300 patients each week. More than 26,000 patients are admitted for inpatient services annually.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides the foundational support for training in obstetrics and gynecology at Good Samaritan Hospital in addition to gynecologic oncology. The ability to care for patients with more complex and specialty care needs is further supported by the quality physicians trained in various areas of expertise supporting gynecologic oncology. The subspecialists within the department of obstetrics and gynecology as well as other clinical departments provide additional educational experiences and training for the fellows. These include those specialists within the divisions of Urogynecology, general surgery, radiation and medical oncology, hospice and palliative care, pathology, etc. These specialists provide training and mentoring in diagnosis, treatment, surgical interventions and additional procedures specific to their specialty and therapeutic modalities at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Additionally, didactic lecture presentations are diverse and provide fellows with educational expertise as well as mentoring and support of scholarly activity. Additional resources available to care for the adult female patient include the availability of a Medical ICU, as well as a Surgical ICU with 24-7 intensivists (medical and surgical) in-house as needed for consultation. To address the physical, emotional and spiritual impact associated with oncologic diagnosis, Good Samaritan has incorporated pastoral care and homecare services into the oncologic service. In addition, the support of a palliative and hospice service incorporate the additional support for families in need. The talented medical staff of 850 physicians, 1,300 nurses, and more the 2,000 support staff is committed to offering the best in diagnostic, treatment, and prevention of conditions and illnesses. In keeping with the tradition of Catholic Health Care, our patients’ physical needs are met with the highest standards of quality while equal attention is paid to the emotional and spiritual needs of every patient.

Clinical Care

The obstetrics and gynecology fellows are actively involved in the inpatient care of patients on the gynecologic oncology service under the supervision of faculty. The hospital houses a robust obstetrical, gynecologic, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Gynecologic Oncology service. Critical care capabilities include a level III NICU, PICU, CCU, MICU, SICU, and CTICU, with intensivists present in-house 24 hours a day.

Specialists are also available for consultation 24 hours a day and include the gynecologic specialties, i.e. Urogynecology, reproductive endocrinology, medical subspecialties, i.e. neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, general surgical support as well as trauma services, and specialty surgical services. In addition, the hospital has full time onsite hospitalist services in the departments of medicine, trauma, pediatrics (neonatology) and obstetrics and gynecology.

Nursing staff, nurse’s aides, phlebotomy technicians, respiratory therapists, and clerical services are available at all times within the hospital. Imaging resources available in the hospital include CT scan, ultrasound, x-ray, MRI and nuclear medicine. There is a radiologist available to review all imaging studies 24 hours a day. EPIC electronic medical record is used for documentation, and fellows have access to the electronic health record system both within the hospital as well as from outside the institution via a secure login methodology.
In addition, fellows receive outpatient clinical experience as they rotate to the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center faculty practice under the supervision of the gynecologic oncology faculty. This allows for a robust educational experience treating a diverse population of patients and disease processes.

Additional resources are provided by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center to allow for the effective administration and education of the fellows. Technology including computer access to journals, library resources, online resources, and webinars support the ongoing educational activities of the training program. In support of faculty and trainee scholarly activity, there is an onsite library with a full time masters prepared librarian with access to medical databases both locally and through the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine library.

Fellows Expectations

Fellows are expected to have an adult learner mentality. They should have a willingness to embrace knowledge in a motivated fashion. They should avidly review new information and assimilate it into their knowledge base. Fellows are expected to teach and mentor medical students as well as residents. Collaborative learning is an important part of graduate medical education. The involvement of fellows with the education of other members of the health care team is vitally important. Fellows are encouraged to engage in activities that allow a healthy examination of and joyful engagement in the physician’s role.

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