Program Goals

Fellows will achieve competence in the elements of a system-based practice through their daily clinical activities within a complex academic environment over three clinical sites.  They will see a broad spectrum of patients from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds enabling them to treat breast diseases in multiple settings, at different stages, and with a variety of concerns. Participation in our weekly multi-disciplinary conference reinforces quality patient care and enhances patient safety.

Daily interaction with medical students and residents will occur in the clinical setting, including the operating room, outpatient clinic, and inpatient ward. The fellow will also participate in didactic lectures for junior trainees and present on various breast topics.

In addition, the fellow will also have opportunities to engage in community activities (i.e. local fundraising events, community outreach and education, etc). These activities promote breast cancer awareness and research, and encourage development of the fellow’s leadership skills.


The fellow will be expected to initiate, conduct, and complete a minimum of one, and preferably more than one, research project during their fellowship year. This requirement can be met with research in any of the following areas of investigation:

  • Breast Surgery and Cancer Outcomes
  • Review of Surgical Techniques
  • Translational Research
  • Clinical Trials
  • Basic Science
  • Decision Science
  • Health Care Policy Research

The fellow will have access to multiple data sets, including both institutional and national databases. A collaborative biostatistician will be available to help analyze data and can also provide more complex statistical support for data modeling and analyses.