Sylvester Launches Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship with Partners in the Caribbean
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently announced the launch of the new Caribbean Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, supporting subspecialty training in low- and middle-income countries in the Caribbean. The fellowship is a collaboration between Sylvester, the Caribbean Gynecologic Cancer Society, and the University of the West Indies (UWI), which has campuses in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, among others.
“There are few cancer treatment training programs provided in low- and middle-income countries,” said Brian M. Slomovitz, M.D., director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Sylvester, professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and a co-founder of the Fellowship. “Existing gynecologic oncology training programs are not producing enough oncologists to meet the increasing demand by women in low- and middle-income countries. But approximately 85 percent of cervical cancers and related deaths around the world occur in these countries.”
The Fellowship is designed to identify common barriers to teaching and training, and to leverage synergies that will be useful in developing future programs. As part of the program, faculty from Sylvester’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the Miller School of Medicine will support an adaptable training program at the UWI. Sylvester mentors will guide the training program at the UWI to best train its fellows to be competent gynecologic oncologists.
The program will include a three-month observership at Sylvester and 21 months of clinical work in hospitals affiliated with the UWI. A web-based curriculum will provide the mandatory didactic program and a Sylvester oncologist will travel to the UWI quarterly to directly mentor the fellows and provide constructive feedback. The length of the fellowship program is expected to be two years.
“We are thrilled to be able to help train gynecologic oncologists in the Caribbean and, thus, provide better cancer care to women in the region,” said Slomovitz. “The goal is to start in our backyard and potentially expand the program to other parts of the world where the need for gynecologic oncologists is greatest.”