About the Program

The AdventHealth Orlando Cancer Institute is on a 172-acre, urban medical community, home to leading physicians, scientists, researchers and life science-companies. In keeping with its mission, the Gynecologic Oncology team at AdventHealth Orlando has continued to contribute to the care of women afflicted with cancer through multi-layered strategy which includes research, training the next generation of oncologists, contributing to the scientific literature, and serving as thought leaders in the oncologic community.

Like Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of AdventHealth Orlando, believed, physical healing by itself is not enough. He believed, as we do today, that a person's physical health is closely linked with emotional , spiritual, and mental well-being; and they sough to provide a place where each of these aspects of the whole person could find both healing and nurture.

Today, more than 105 years later, AdventHealth Orlando is committed to the same goals, providing excellent medical care through state-of-the-art service, equipment, and training incorporating our CREATION Health mission.

Nathalie McKenzie, MD

A message from the Director

This three-year fellowship program (one year of protected research and two clinical years) is designed to progressively develop proficiency then mastery in the knowledge and art of the diagnosis, treatment, and practice of Gynecologic malignancies all while advancing the science of GYN cancer care. Our fellows gain vast experience in all aspects of gynecologic oncology, including extensive debulking procedures, pelvic exenteration, bowel resections, urologic procedures, radiation oncology, critical care medicine, and chemotherapy. Historically, at the end of each clinical year, each fellow has performed an average number of 500 cases as the primary surgeon with an additional 400 cases as assistant.

Nathalie McKenzie, MD MSPH FACOG FASCO

Program Director

Faculty of AdventHealth Medical Education

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Fellows

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Dr. Christine Fitzsimmons

PGY-7

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Dr. Madhavi Manyam

PGY-7

Karolina Kilowski, DO

Dr. Karolina Kilowski

PGY-6

Nnamdi Gwacham, DO

Dr. Nnamdi Gwacham

PGY-5

Program Information

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Curriculum

PGY-5

  • Research: 12 Blocks

PGY-6

  • GYN ONC: 11 Blocks
  • Critical Care: 1 Block

PGY-7

  • GYN ONC: 11 Blocks
  • Radiation/Oncology: 1 Block

Our fellows gain vast experience in all aspects of gynecologic oncology, including extensive debulking procedures, pelvic exenteration, bowel resections, urologic procedures, radiation oncology, critical care medicine, Palliative Care, Oncofertility, chemotherapy, and robust Colon and Rectal Surgery exposure. At the end of each academic year, each fellow has performed an average number of 500 cases as the primary surgeon with an additional 400 cases as assistant.

The fellows will have a comprehensive educational curriculum, covering the breath and depth of all aspects of gynecologic oncology through clinical exposure, operative experience, quality improvement projects, clinical and transnational research, weekly didactic lectures, grand rounds, and multi-disciplinary conferences. Regular conferences will include didactic review of related curriculum, twice-a-month tumor boards, morbidity and mortality (M&M), and journal club. In addition, the fellows have access to the Nicholson Center which is one of the worlds most innovative surgical simulation training centers. Additionally, the Physician wellness program at AdventHealth has a strong relationship with our Residents and Fellows. 

Please contact our Program Coordinator Carrie Hersman, for more information.

Research

Fellows are actively involved in numerous research projects and have had multiple abstracts accepted for poster presentations at annual SGO meetings, as well as podium presentations at many International and National conferences. The group has had participation in more than 100 national clinical trails as they are continually discovering and incorporating new ways to prevent and treat gynecologic cancer.

Residents, fellows,  and faculty involved in required GME scholarly activities receive guidance from the Center for  Collaborative Research (CCR) through the Clinical Academic Research team, comprised of an Academic Research Mentor, a Project Coordinator, and a Regulatory Coordinator. In addition, the center includes a group of biostatisticians, a health economist, and a medical editor.

CCR assists residents, fellows, and faculty with all types of scholarly activities (case studies, QI projects and research studies), from study design and protocol development, to data analysis and poster, presentation or manuscript preparation.

Eligibility

Residents with an interest in the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at AdventHealth Orlando are advised to contact the program coordinator to receive more information.

Sample Resident Agreement

Eligibility and Selection Policy

Applicants for the fellowship training program must:

  1. Have graduated from an ACGME-accredited college of medicine
  2. Have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-approved residency program in obstetrics and gynecology
  3. Be appropriately licensed in the state in which training is conducted
  4. The candidate shall have applied for the OB/GYN certification exam, and shall have taken the written portion of the exam prior to matriculating the fellowship
Benefits

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Salary (for 2020-2021 academic year):

PGY-5: $62,316.80

PGY-6: $65,416.00

PGY-7: $68,494.40

Life Insurance:

Life Insurance equivalent to one year's salary is provided free of charge. Additional life insurance may be purchased for a minimal charge.

Malpractice Insurance:

Occurrence-based malpractice insurance is provided at no cost to the Fellows.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Allowance:

Fellows receive $1,500 together with five (5) days paid leave specifically for continuing education at the Program Director's discretion. The annual Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) Conference will be reimbursed.

Professional Fees:

Fellows receive payment of the following licensure and certification fees and professional membership dues:

  • Florida State Medical Training License and/or Initial Florida State Medical License, if required.
  • Drug Enforcement Agency license
  • Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) membership dues
  • American Board of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ABOG) membership dues
  • Post graduate course in statistics relative to the gathering, dissemination and interpretation of biomedical information.

Physician Wellbeing

For more information on the many benefits offered across all programs, click here.

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Application Process

Applicants to the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program should also have:

  1. Successfully passed all board exams
  2. Acceptable explanation of break in education (if necessary)
  3. Commitment to Gynecologic Oncology

Applications should be received by the Program prior to April 15.

Carrie Hersman, Residency Coordinator

Fellowship Coordinator   
Contact Information

Carrie Hersman, Residency Coordinator
2501 N. Orange Avenue
Suite 235
Orlando, FL 32804

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