Training in the surgical and medical modalities needed to function successfully as a gynecologic oncologist occurs during the second and third years of training and takes place on the campuses of both The University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine/Tampa General Hospital and The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Individual fellows rotate between the two institutions every third month. The balance of activities at these institutions provides a broad exposure to full spectrum of surgical approaches used to manage gynecologic malignancies, including open and minimally invasive surgery (both robotic and traditional laparoscopy). Additional information regarding recent surgical case load can be found here.
In addition to surgery, fellows gain experience with chemotherapeutics and targeted biologic agents, clinical genetics, and palliative care via outpatient care activities, participation in daily work rounds, and dedicated tumor boards at each institution. During the final two weeks of their research year, all fellows complete rotate through the Critical Care Service at Tampa General Hospital prior to returning to full-time clinical duties. Similar to the research fellow, clinical fellows participate actively in protected weekly didactic sessions.
Tampa General Hospital (TGH) is a 1,010-bed academic teaching hospital located in downtown Tampa, Florida. Founded in 1926, TGH has grown into one of the largest hospitals in the United States and functions as the primary quaternary referral center and an essential safety net health care facility for the 10-county Tampa Bay region. More than 8,000 full-time TGH physicians and staff provide comprehensive surgical and subspecialty medical care. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked TGH as the best hospital in Tampa Bay and the 4th best hospital in the state of Florida. At least 5 TGH clinical services are nationally ranked, including GI Surgery (#22) and Urology (#44).
The Gynecologic Oncology Service at TGH, staffed entirely by MCOM faculty, is growing rapidly and now performs nearly 700 major surgical procedures each year. Outpatient oncology and palliative care services are provided at the TGH Cancer Center (TGHCC), which houses a dedicated 20-bed Infusion Center. Dedicated clinical research facilities are located immediately adjacent to the TGHCC in the USF MCOM South Tampa Campus. In addition to its busy surgical services, TGH serves as one of the major obstetrical referral centers for the Tampa Bay region and is home to the only dedicated Fetal Intervention Center on Florida’s west coast. This exposure allows fellows to also gain practical experience with the surgical management of complex gynecologic and obstetric issues.
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is a nonprofit cancer treatment and research center located in Tampa, Florida. Established in 1981 by the Florida Legislature, the hospital opened in October 1986 on the University of South Florida campus. Moffitt is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Moffitt Cancer Center as the No. 8 cancer hospital in the nation. At least three clinical services at Moffitt are also nationally ranked, including Gynecology (#43).
Faculty for the Department of Gynecology Oncology are based at Moffitt’s primary campus, nestled within the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus and a short walk from the Morsani College of Medicine. Moffitt gynecologic oncologists perform ~750 major surgical procedures annually. Comprehensive outpatient clinical services are provided at additional sites, including Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza and the newly opened McKinley Outpatient Center. Infusion services are provided at each of these facilities.