Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology Program Objectives

The ultimate goal of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship program is to improve the health care of women. We intend to accomplish this by training fellows in the comprehensive management of women with gynecologic malignancies as well as in the fields of clinical and translational research. It is our goal to provide this training in a structured, mentored fashion with consistent, timely monitoring of the fellows progress.

The educational objectives of the RPCI Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program include the following:

The RPCI Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program is fully aligned with the terminal and enabling objectives specified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).

  1. To educate and train physicians to provide consultative services and comprehensive management of patients with gynecologic malignancies
  2. To provide fellows with an educational clinical cancer experience so they may gain the necessary knowledge and skills in the diagnosis and medical and surgical management of women with gynecologic malignancies
  3. To provide fellows with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the educational objectives specified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Gynecologic Oncology
  4. To encourage and assist fellows to gain the necessary knowledge, skills and responsibility in a graduated fashion, so that ultimately each fellow develops as an independent consultant in gynecologic oncology
  5. To provide a mentored research experience for fellows in basic laboratory and/or clinical research in order to promote the fellow’s academic contributions to gynecologic oncology, and to provide fellows with the necessary skills to obtain independent research funding
  6. To provide opportunities for fellows to interact with other scientists and sub-specialists in order to enhance their understanding of the latest scientific techniques and developments
  7. To foster the development of teaching so fellows may impart the knowledge gained through the fellowship to medical students, residents, individuals pursuing a career in health care, and colleagues
  8. To stimulate career development in academic medicine

Gynecologic Oncology Robotic Program

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has received the first accreditation in the U.S. as a training institute in robot-assisted surgery and is a designated Center for Excellence for robotic surgery.  

Since its inception in 2004, Roswell Park's Center for Robotic Surgery has trained surgeons from around the globe, including teams from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Switzerland and Germany as well as from top U.S. universities. The Center is led by Khurshid Guru, MD, co-inventor of one of the first robotic surgical training simulators and co-founder of Simulated Surgical Systems, LLC, spun off from Roswell Park and the University at Buffalo.

Our team is dedicated to improving robotic surgical techniques. Fellows have access to robotic trainers to practice and refine their robotic skills. Gynecologic Oncology fellows at RPCI are fully trained in robotic surgical techniques including simple and radical hysterectomies and surgical staging.

Robotic surgery provides patients with a minimally invasive operation option through the use of robotic arms which serve as a surgeon’s hands and eyes. Robotic surgery benefits include shorter hospital stays, faster recovery time and easier pain management. Surgeons have performed more than 1,500 operations since 2004 using the da Vinci Surgical System®.