Prafull Ghatage, MB, FRCSC
The Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, in conjunction with the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, provides a formal training program in Gynecologic Oncology accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
This is a 2-year clinical training program that requires successful completion of a 5-year Training Program in Obstetrics & Gynecology in a Royal College accredited program or equivalent. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a training program.
The first six months are spent in the outpatient clinics and on the ward and also looking after admissions, which includes patients who require inpatient chemotherapy, postoperative patients and palliative care patients. During the first six months, there is a rotation in Colposcopy and a minor surgery list weekly. The OR for minor surgery deals with patients who require examinations under anesthesia, cystoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, abdominal Port-a-cath removal, tenchoff catheter insertion, cone biopsies and laser therapy. We see approximately 15 new patients, 25 chemotherapy patients, and 50 follow-up patients on a weekly basis. We participate in NCIC and Industry-Sponsored Phase II and III trials.
During the next six months there is an 8 week rotation each in radiation oncology and medical oncology. The rest of the time is spent either in surgical oncology, colorectal surgery, palliative care, or doing research.
Most of the second year is spent focused on gynecologic oncology surgery and in assessing and treating chemotherapy patients. The focus during the second year is to develop appropriate skills in diagnosing and managing patients with various gynecologic malignancies. This includes pelvic reconstruction, and radical laparoscopic surgery.
A third year in research to pursue a Masters in Education Epidemiology / and Statistics/Public Health can also be offered. The Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute also offers basic and translational research.
It is expected that the trainee will participate in the core curriculum seminars, Pathology Tumor Board Rounds, Gynecologic Oncology Rounds, and other teaching sessions relevant to the specialty. A course in biostatistics and clinical trial methodology is offered in alternate years.
All Fellows are expected to have completed at least one research project and have it accepted in a peer-reviewed journal.
The Gynecologic Oncology Program includes five qualified Gynecologic Oncologists working in a team with three Radiation Oncologists, three Gynecologic Pathologists and four Psychologists. There is close coordination with the surgical and medical oncologists.
Applications to the Gynecologic Oncology Program must be received by September 7 of the year prior to the year in which you wish to start your training.
The following are required for application:
- Covering letter explaining why you wish to pursue a career in Gynecologic Oncology
- Three letters of reference
The Gynecologic Oncology Program offers no formal interviews. The program bases its decision on an elective in our program and your application documents.