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Survey of Surgical Oncology Fellowship Graduates 2005–2016: Insight into Initial Practice

  • Samantha Ruff
  • Sadia Ilyas
  • Seth M. Steinberg
  • Zaria Tatalovich
  • Sarah A. McLaughlin
  • Michael D’Angelica
  • Chandrajit P. Raut
  • Keith A. Delman
  • Jonathan M. Hernandez
  • Jeremy L. DavisEmail author
Health Services Research and Global Oncology

Abstract

Background

Despite burgeoning interest in Complex General Surgical Oncology (CGSO) fellowship training, little is reported about postgraduate employment. The goal of this study was to characterize CGSO graduates’ first employment and to identify factors that influenced this decision.

Methods

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Society of Surgical Oncology developed and distributed an electronic survey to CGSO fellows who graduated from 2005 to 2016.

Results

The survey response rate was 47% (237/509). Fifty-seven percent of respondents were first employed as faculty surgeons at a university-based/affiliated hospital, with 15% returning to their residency institution. The distribution of respondents’ current employment across the United States mirrored the locations of their hometowns. Eighty-five percent of respondents care for patients across at least three disease types, most commonly hepatopancreatobiliary (81%), esophagus/gastric (75%), and sarcoma (74%). Twenty-seven percent of respondents spend the majority of their time in one area of surgical oncology; melanoma, breast, and head/neck were the most common. Two-thirds of respondents (67%) reported that they performed either clinical or basic science research as part of their current position. Multiple factors influenced the decision of first faculty position.

Conclusions

Most CGSO graduates are employed at academic medical centers across the country in proximity to NCI-designated centers, treat a variety of disease types, and spend a percentage of their time dedicated to clinical research.

Notes

Acknowledgment

This research was supported in part by the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute.

Disclosure

None.

Supplementary material

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© Society of Surgical Oncology 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Samantha Ruff
    • 1
  • Sadia Ilyas
    • 1
  • Seth M. Steinberg
    • 1
  • Zaria Tatalovich
    • 1
  • Sarah A. McLaughlin
    • 2
  • Michael D’Angelica
    • 3
  • Chandrajit P. Raut
    • 4
  • Keith A. Delman
    • 5
  • Jonathan M. Hernandez
    • 1
  • Jeremy L. Davis
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Surgical Oncology Program, Center for Cancer ResearchNational Cancer Institute, NIHBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Mayo Clinic College of MedicineRochesterUSA
  3. 3.Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteBostonUSA
  5. 5.Emory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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