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Curriculum and Research


The training program is 2 years or 24 months.  The fellow will engage in 12-18 months of clinical rotations which will meet the minimum requirement by the ACGME.

1st Year Rotations 2nd Year Rotations
General Surgical Oncology Research
Radiation Oncology General Surgical Oncology
Pathology Electives
Breast Surgery  
Medical Oncology  

Training Requirements

Minimum numbers of cases are required for graduation. A detailed case log must be maintained by each fellow physician, and will be reviewed with the Program Director in the bi-annual meeting. ACGME requires Oncology fellows to use the ACGME electronic case log system. Minimum case numbers to satisfy the American Board of Surgery are below:

Oncologic Area Minimum Case Number Multidisciplinary Cases
Breast 40 25
Endocrine 15 15
Gastrointestinal not HPB 50 25
Hepatobiliary/pancreatic 35 25
Melanoma/soft tissue sarcoma  30 30
Total 170 120
  70 additional cases in one or more of these oncologic areas.  
Total Cases 240 120


Fellows are permitted to moonlight in accordance with UTHSC GME Policy #320, assuming they are in good standing in the fellowship academically and professionally, and individually and fully licensed in the state of Tennessee. Fellows must complete and sign an authorization to moonlight form annually, which must be reviewed and signed by the Program Director before the fellow beings moonlighting. For fellows in Complex General Surgical Oncology, moonlighting is permitted only with the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system so their duty hours can be monitored and recorded. Moonlighting is not mandatory, and if done must not interfere with the fellow's primary clinical responsibility and educational needs.


During the second year of the program, the fellow will be actively involved in research. The overall goal of our research curriculum is not only research publication but also a comprehensive understanding of research design, analysis and application. Clinical research can be completed in this time but sufficient time must be dedicated to understanding bench research as it relates to clinical care.

Jul 5, 2023