The gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of Colorado is a three-year ACGME accredited program accepting two fellows on odd years and one fellow on even years. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado started its fellowship in 2009. The primary goals of our program are 1) to educate obstetrician-gynecologists in the comprehensive management of women with cancer of the reproductive organs, and 2) to foster the development and maturation of future academic physician-scientists and leaders within the field of gynecologic oncology.
Our program is primarily based at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) in Aurora, Colorado. We are a 620 bed hospital, including 120 ICU beds, that is a tertiary care center servicing Colorado and it’s surrounding states. We also service Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC) located in downtown Denver. This is a tertiary center with 525 inpatient beds, 47 ICU beds, that serves as the city’s public health hospital.
We consider some of our program strengths to include:
A new state-of-the art medical campus.
A tradition of stable and progressive leadership in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology and the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center.
An integrated collaborative molecular and cellular biology laboratory dedicated specifically to research in gynecologic oncology.
Five fellowship trained gynecologic oncologists, each trained at a different institution and providing diversity in faculty experience
Two practice sites, providing diversity in patient population.
Primary institution is the NCI designated University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center and U.S. News and World Report top 20 University of Colorado Hospital.
- On-site Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) program, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program, and K-12 Paul Calabrese Clinical Oncology Scholars award programs for continued academic career growth after fellowship.
The application deadline is Monday, April 15, 2020. For this application cycle, we will be accepting two fellows to begin July 2021.
2020 Interview Dates
June 22, 2020
July 10, 2020
July 31st, 2020
Gynecologic Oncology will be abiding by the SGO program directors consensus to do interviews virtually this year.
We require an ERAS application, and CREOG scores. The CREOG scores need to be emailed to fellowships.OBGYN@ucdenver.edu. Please state in your email you are applying for Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship.
Please ensure you registered with NRMP in order to apply: www.nrmp.org.
For additional questions please contact:
Amanda Rivers, MBA
12631 East 17th Avenue
Room 4011, B198-6
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (303) 724-2014
Fax: (303) 724-2055
Kian Behbakht, MD
Professor and Emily McClintock Addlesperger Endowed Chair in Ovarian Cancer
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Bradley Corr, MD
John P. Curtin, MD, MBA
Professor and Director of Service for Obstetrics & Gynecology at Denver Health
Saketh Guntupalli, MD
Associate Professor and Division Chief
Carolyn Lefkowits, MD, MPH, MS
Year one of the fellowship is devoted to the study of basic science and translational research in gynecologic oncology. Years two and three are devoted to building on the foundations of the first year and acquiring increasing knowledge, skills, and attendant responsibility.
A structured teaching format throughout the fellowship at both the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC) will be used to attain these goals. Both sites have been staffed by the full time faculty of the University of Colorado Denver Obstetrics and Gynecology Department and Residency program for greater than 30 years.
DHMC is an integral part of the graduate medical education program of the University of Colorado Denver. DHMC provides care to the uninsured population of Denver County and shares all faculty and residents with UCH. Furthermore, DHMC provides diversity to the experience of the fellow and highlights the issues of patients covered under public funding of healthcare.
The second and third year fellows (clinical fellows) will have duties every day at UCH with the exception of the junior fellow who will go to DHMC two Tuesdays per month for surgery and two Wednesdays per month for gynecologic oncology clinic. The senior fellow also has opportunity to rotate in the operating room several days per month with a private gynecologic oncology group located in southern Denver.
Fellows will round and teach the practical aspects of inpatient care to the residents and medical students. The junior fellow will lead rounds and the senior fellow will supervise (or either fellow will round when both fellows are not present). Attending staff (one assigned every day to formally round on all patients) will oversee that clinical decision making. Progressive responsibility will be provided by allowing the junior fellow to receive clinical information first and formulate a plan, the senior fellow to process presented information and modify the plan and both to discuss the outcome prior to presenting it to the attending staff. During the day, faculty will be immediately available on site for supervision.
We offer, and highly encourage, the following graduate courses to be completed during the first year of fellowship:
- BIOS 6601: Biostatistics with lab
- CLSC 7500: Practical Application of Molecular and Cell Biology Techniques for the Clinical Investigator (this university-wide course is led by Andrew Bradford, Ph.D., a member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology)