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Urological Oncology Fellowship Program

Urology

Urological Oncology Fellowship Application

The Urologic Oncology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is a one year clinical fellowship established in 2009 that provides a comprehensive experience in genitourinary cancers.

The urologic oncology fellow works closely with the GU Nurse Navigator to help run our weekly multidisciplinary tumor board during which time all new cases are discussed with urologic oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, and radiology. Additionally, the fellow works closely with the urology residents at MUSC in the operating room and while on call, acting as junior faculty.

MUSC is a tertiary care academic medical center that receives a large volume of complex referral cases from throughout the state of South Carolina and neighboring states. The fellow gains experience with four urologic oncologists and works closely with the overall multidisciplinary team in urologic cancers. Through these multiple providers the fellow will gain expertise in the endoscopic, laparoscopic, robotic, and open approaches to all urologic cancers.

Weekly Schedule (Subject to Change)

The fellow will be on staff as an independent clinical instructor. Although subject to change, the outline of the weekly schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: OR with TBD
  • Tuesday: OR with Stephen J. Savage, M.D., Vice Chairman & Director of Minimally Invasive Urology
    • Dr. Savage has over 15 years of expertise in minimally invasive urologic oncology including advanced robotic and laparoscopic kidney surgery via the transperitoneal or retroperitoneal approach, robotic prostatectomy and cystectomy, and endoscopic treatment of upper tract urothelial tumors. Dr. Savage's research interests include imaging and ablative techniques in kidney cancer as well as vitamin D and prostate cancer. Dr. Savage also serves as the fellowship director.
  • Wednesday: OR with Thomas E, Keane, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Urology
    • Dr. Keane performs open surgery for all urologic cancers with specific expertise in perineal prostatectomy. Dr. Keane’s research interests include exploring novel pathways in bladder cancer and he has worked on numerous clinical trials related to androgen ablation in prostate cancer. Dr. Keane also serves as the editor of Glenn’s Urologic Surgery.
  • Thursday: OR with Harry S. Clarke, M.D., Ph.D. 
    • Dr. Clarke performs both open and robotic surgery for all urologic malignancies. Additionally, he has expertise in ultrasound-guided therapy for prostate cancer (brachytherapy and cryoablation). Dr. Clarke’s research interests include image guided therapy for prostate cancer. The fellow will learn from Dr. Clarke’s expertise as a national ultrasound faculty member.
  • Friday: OR with either Stephen J. Savage, M.D. or Harry S. Clarke, M.D., Ph.D.
    • The urologic oncology fellow works closely with the GU Nurse Navigator to help run our weekly multidisciplinary tumor board during which time all new cases are discussed with urologic oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, and radiology. Additionally, the fellow works closely with the urology residents at MUSC in the operating room and while on call, acting as junior faculty.

The fellow will also participate in clinical research projects throughout the year and will have the opportunity to present accepted projects at national and regional meetings.

Duration, Salary & Benefits

The fellow receives salary and benefits commensurate with PGY level and is in the rotating call schedule with all other urologic faculty.

Duration: 12 month fellowship to run July 1 to June 30

Title: Clinical Instructor

Salary: TBD

Benefits: Malpractice insurance + MUSC health and vacation benefits

Vacation: 3 weeks to include interviewing

Meetings: Reimbursement of reasonable expenses (coach airfare, hotel, etc.) associated with attendance and presentation of original scientific work by the fellow at a scholarly meeting.

Other Benefits

  • Ample desk space, lab coat, travel stipend, and use of a computer terminal will be provided for the Fellowship year.
  • Proceeds from all clinical, consulting, and/or academic activities will be billed for and collected by UMA/MUSC.
  • No moonlighting of any kind is permitted during Fellowship.

Requirements

  • Completion of an ACGME approved US (or equivalent) training program in Urology is mandatory.
  • Must attain an Unrestricted South Carolina medical license (to be applied for and paid for by successful applicant), a Federal DEA license, and a SC DHEC license.
  • A personal interview is preferred but not required. This may be arranged in Charleston or at the AUA meeting.

Previous Fellows

2009 to 2010: Dana Moody, M.D. (University of Florida)
2010 to 2011: Samuel Deem, M.D. (Charleston, West Virginia)
2011 to 2012: Fernando Cabezas, M.D. (University of Uruguay)
2012 to 2013: James Rosoff, M.D. (Cornell University)
2013 to 2014: Austin DeRosa, M.D. (Emory University)
2014 to 2015: Jaimin Shah, M.D. (Yale University)
2015 to 2016: Hagop Sarkissian, M.D. (University of Vermont)
2016 to 2017: Lawrence Dagrosa, M.D. (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center)

To apply: Urological Oncology Fellowship Application

For more information please contact Dan Murphy and Dr. Stephen Savage.

Stephen J. Savage, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chairman of Urology
Director of Minimally Invasive Urology
Medical University of South Carolina
96 Jonathan Lucas CSB 644
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-5787