Urologic Oncology Fellowship

UNC Urologic Oncology Brochure

We are pleased to invite applications for a 2-year fellowship program intended to train individuals who have completed urology residency for specialized careers in academic Urologic Oncology.  This opportunity will offer a multidisciplinary exposure to the management of genitourinary (GU) malignancies at the NCI-designated University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, integrated with exceptional opportunities for mentored career development in health services, clinical outcomes and translational research, providing a foundation for a successful career in academic Urologic Oncology.

UNC Chapel Hill is a high-volume regional and national referral center for patients with all types of GU malignancies.  With regard to the clinical aspects of the program, we currently have 6 urologic oncologists, 6 medical oncologists and 2 radiation oncologists dedicated to the care of patients with GU malignancies.  Our faculty members are internationally recognized for their contributions to clinical and academic GU oncology, with a comprehensive portfolio of extramurally-funded programs in translational and health services research.  The Urologic Oncology surgical service is clinically busy, with an average of over 80 cancer cases per month (approximately 75% using robotic and minimally invasive techniques).

Comprehensive, Integrated GU Oncology Care

The fully integrated Multidisciplinary GU Oncology clinic, which saw over 1500 new cancer patients in 2011-12, will be a core component of the clinical educational program, providing the fellow with mentored training in all aspects of clinical management for patients with urologic malignancies.  New cancer patients are seen jointly with urology, medical oncology and radiation oncology faculty in the state-of-the-art North Carolina Cancer Hospital clinic.  In addition to the core rotation, fellows will rotate primarily with GU medical and radiation oncology for two weeks in each specialty for more in-depth training in the clinical aspects of these fields, and opportunities are available for rotation with interventional radiology, palliative care, radiology, and pathology, according to individual fellows’ interests.

Exceptional academic career development

The University of North Carolina offers extraordinary opportunities for career development in cancer-related outcomes and health services research.  Formal postgraduate training in biostatistics, research methods, responsible conduct of research, and grant writing are available in a well-developed infrastructure for young clinician-researchers.  A unique aspect of this Urologic Oncology Fellowship program is the opportunity for motivated individuals to obtain a Master’s Degree (MPH or MS in Clinical Research) from our internationally recognized, consistently top-ranked public School of Public Health in the country, without the requirement for an additional 3rd year.  In addition, trainees in this program will be eligible to apply for support from the NIH Loan Repayment Program.  The fellow will have access to a variety of institutional and population-based state, national and international databases for clinical research, supported by analysts and methodological collaborators from the Cancer Center and School of Public Health.  Fellows will have the option to apply to the UNC Cancer Care Quality Training Program, Cancer Control Education Program, and other postdoctoral programs in the Cancer Center and School of Public Health.  Alternatively, interested and qualified fellows have the opportunity to work in one of several extramurally-funded basic science laboratories run by program faculty in GU medical and radiation oncology.  Fellows would have the option to apply for an additional third year of research under appropriate circumstances.

Excellent quality of life

In addition to outstanding clinical and academic experiences supported by a collegial network of mentors and peers, the experience at UNC is enriched by a vibrant, progressive, desirable environment.  The climate is pleasant, beach or mountain recreation a few hours away by car, and cost of living is reasonable.

Eligibility Requirements (one position per year)

The applicant for this training program must

  • Be committed to a career in academic urology
  • Provide evidence of excellence in academic urology and other endeavors
  • Be a graduate of Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-accredited medical schools in the US and Canada or international medical graduates of equivalent international medical schools
  • Have completed United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps I, II, and III
  • Have completed or anticipate completion of an ACGME-accredited Urology residency program
  • Meet requirements and obtain a North Carolina medical license prior to commencing the program
  • Be a United States citizen or Visa eligible and able to provide proof of identity and United States Employment Eligibility (I-9)
  • If selected as a potential candidate for the Fellowship, the applicant will be required to fulfill conditions for UNC Faculty Appointment (Instructor Level), including Health Record Clearance, including drug screening (See UNC Drug Testing Policy) and successful completion of the UNC Application for Appointment (requires 3 reference forms, criminal background check, databank check, and signature on confidentiality agreement)

Application Process

Applicants should apply during the year preceding the final year of residency.

Please submit a CV, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation to:

Leigh Marquess
Education Programs Coordinator
Department of Urology
University of North Carolina
2113 Physicians Office Bldg CB 7235
Chapel Hill NC 27599-7235

Phone  (919) 843-9014
Fax  (919) 966-0098
Email  leigh_marquess@med.unc.edu

 

Fellowship Program Director

Raj Pruthi, MD, FACS
Professor and Chair of Urology
Director of Urologic Oncology

Fellowship Research Director

Matthew Nielsen, MD, MS, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery/Urology
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Program Faculty

Urology

Raj S. Pruthi, MD, FACS
Matthew Nielsen, MD, MS, FACS
Mathew Raynor, MD
Angela Smith, MD
Eric Wallen, MD, FACS
Michael Woods, MD, FACS

Medical Oncology

Matthew Milowsky, MD
Ethan Basch, MD
Paul Godley, MD, PhD, MPP
William Kim, MD
W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD
Young Whang, MD

Radiation Oncology

Ronald Chen, MD, MPH
Andrew Wang, MD

Genitourinary Radiology

Julia Fielding, MD

Interventional Radiology

Robert Dixon, MD
Joseph Stavas, MD

Pathology

William Funkhouser, MD
Susan Maygarden, MD
Gregory Bianchi, MD, MS