Breast Fellowship

Western University offers a 1-year fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology aimed at providing fellows with a multidisciplinary approach to the management of breast cancer and an appreciation of the interrelationship between research and optimal clinical care. Fellows in this program benefit from exposure to faculty and facilities at St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre, London Health Sciences Centre and the London Regional Cancer Centre.

The primary focus of the fellowship is to provide experience in all aspects of the assessment and surgical management of breast diseases, including sentinel node biopsy and oncoplastic surgery. In addition to the surgical experience, fellows are provided with rotations in breast imaging, pathology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology. Fellows are expected to take a leadership role in tumor boards, journal clubs and didactic teaching sessions held in collaboration with the Division of General Surgery.

All fellows are required to complete a research project suitable for publication during their fellowship.  There are available supervisors (not necessarily surgeons) in a wide variety of research areas including basic science research (biological, technology development etc.), translational research, health services and outcome research, health policy, education, knowledge translation and clinical research.

Recognizing that fellows will have varying surgical experience and academic training, and will also ultimately work in a variety of settings, the program addresses individual trainee and institutional needs and characteristics. Fellows receive flexible instruction and opportunities to explore areas of academic interest that will enable them to practice as breast surgeons in academic cancer centers, regional cancer centers or community hospitals.

Duration: 1 year. An additional year of research may be available to fellows.

Applications: Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 year and will be accepted up to April 1, 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Canadian Applicant Requirements

Applicants who have Canadian certification can apply for specialized fellowship training (not leading to certification) and must submit the following:

  • Brief personal statement of interest in the fellowship
  • Completion of surgical training at a recognized surgical training program
  • Eligibility for an educational license to practice medicine in the province of
  • Must be eligible to apply for a MOH billing number
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of references written within 1 year of the date of application

International Applicant Requirements

Applicants who are non-Canadian can apply for specialized fellowship training (not leading to certification) and must submit the following:

  • Brief personal statement of interest in the fellowship
  • Source of funding
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Copy of medical degree with English translation if applicable
  • Copy of specialty and subspecialty certification with English translation if applicable
  • Three letters of reference, written within two years of the date of application
  • Copy of passport

Dr. Allison Maciver
Director, Breast Fellowship Program
Surgical Oncologist & General Surgeon

Applications processed by:

Christine Bruckschwaiger
Division Administrator

Rachel Liston
Residency Program Administrator