Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program
Training Program Overview
The Stanford University Fellowship in Urologic Oncology is a rigorous two-year program which aims to attract promising applicants interested in a career in urologic oncology. With a diverse faculty renowned for both clinical and basic science excellence in all aspects of urologic oncology, Stanford offers the opportunity for budding urologic oncologists to learn multidisciplinary decision-making skills, complex surgical procedures, and invaluable basic science & clinical research methodologies that will prepare them to launch independent careers in academic urology.
In the year between matching at Stanford and starting fellowship, incoming fellows will work closely with the fellowship program director to outline a concrete plan of action for the research year. During this planning phase, research mentors will be assigned based on the fellow’s area of interest. Fellows will be expected to communicate regularly with the mentor and to take an active role in designing their research year. Promising fellows with well-developed plans will be encouraged to submit proposals for grant funding through the Urology Care Foundation, ASCO, ACS and other young investigator grant mechanisms. During the first year of fellowship, fellows will work under the guidance of the assigned mentor to shape their dedicated research time to be maximally effective in attaining the fellows’ academic goals. During the research year, fellows will gain academic exposure to colleagues in developmental biology, immunology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology and various other basic science and clinical departments through ongoing scientific collaborations between urologic oncologists and faculty in these departments. During the clinical year, fellows will work with a diverse faculty of high-volume fellowship-trained surgeons to gain hands on experience with complex urologic operations. Close working relationships between urologists, genitourinary medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, surgical oncologists, anesthesiologists, and multiple other healthcare professionals create a highly integrated multidisciplinary practice atmosphere at Stanford. Continuous exposure to this environment for the duration of the fellowship which will be beneficial to fellows as they learn to approach urologic oncology patients with a multidisciplinary mindset.