About Our Program

John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) at Providence Saint John’s Health Center is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to offer advanced training in complex general surgical oncology. The Institute’s long-established training program, which was founded by the late Donald L. Morton, M.D., remains one of the largest in the country. Under the leadership of program director Leland J. Foshag, M.D., JWCI’s program continues to set the standard for multidisciplinary training in academic surgical oncology.

In keeping with its focus on clinical translational research, JWCI’s multi-campus program covers technical operative skills in cancer surgery, multidisciplinary aspects of clinical surgical oncology, skills to become an academic clinical scientist, clinical translational research that links patient care and laboratory studies, and laboratory basic science research that can be applied to the clinic. Fellows are groomed to establish their own laboratories and research programs. The program’s success is reflected by the many graduates who have become department chairs or division chiefs of surgical oncology.

 

Prospective Fellows

JWCI offers a two-year clinical fellowship in surgical oncology for four trainees, with an optional third year in basic science research, to candidates who have:

  • completed an ACGME general surgery residency
  • board-eligible in general surgery
  • eligible for a California medical license
  • citizens or permanent residents of the United States

The two-year core curriculum for the surgical oncology fellowship comprises of 18 months of training in inpatient and outpatient surgical oncology as well as four months for research and one month rotations in medical oncology and radiation oncology. Pathology, genetics and biostatistics are incorporated into each rotation.

Our fellows spend the majority of their rotations at JWCI at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and UC-Irvine but we also have several elective sites to include Providence Little Company of Mary, The Angeles Clinic, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles and St. Joseph Hospital.

This unique multicenter surgical oncology training program integrates clinical and basic science in a format that considers the limited protected research time available to today’s practicing surgical oncologists. Fellows attend mandatory courses and lectures, present their work at national meetings, write and submit scientific manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals, and learn how to design clinical translational protocols and proposals for competitive grant funding.

JWCI Fellowship

How to Apply

Applicants must submit applications and all supporting materials through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  The John Wayne Cancer Institute will participate in the national match program for Complex General Surgical Oncology administered by the NRMP.

  • Application
  • Recent CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE scores
  • ABSITE scores
  • Headshot photo

Recent Alumni and Current Fellows

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