Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology (Four-Year Subspeciality Training)

The Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Training Program, initiated in the 1950s by Dr. Felix Rutledge, is now the largest training program for gynecologic oncologists in the world. The overall goal of the fellowship program is to train young gynecologists to become academic gynecologic oncologists who are highly skilled and knowledgeable surgeons and capable of establishing new academic gynecologic oncology programs at other teaching institutions. Our program has been continuously accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) since the inception of subspecialty certification in 1973. There are three new fellow positions per year, with a total of 12 fellows in the program at any one time.  For application information, see How to Apply.

The curriculum includes 24 months of research followed by 24 months of clinical training in gynecologic oncology. The research period has a unique level of flexibility, permitting the fellows to pursue interests in either laboratory or clinical research with no routine patient responsibilities to distract them from their laboratory activities. Additionally, during the research years, each fellow is required to complete a core of two courses and earn an M.S. degree or an M.P.H. degree at the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences or the UT School of Public Health, respectively. Upon completion of the two-year research period, the fellows begin an in-depth clinical training program. The clinical fellow is involved in all aspects of the patient’s care: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, intensive care, and terminal care.  Clinical training is further emphasized in the outpatient clinics where fellows are responsible for both new patient evaluations and follow-up surveillance.  Gynecologic Oncology fellows are actively trained in the techniques of chemotherapeutic and biological agents used to treat gynecologic malignancies and learn treatment planning, dosing, and methods of administering a variety of agents. The practical experience is augmented with a comprehensive didactic program. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-year fellowship program, the fellow is eligible to take the written and oral examinations of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Board Certification in gynecologic oncology.

The Department of Gynecologic Oncology is recipient of a multi-year, multi-million dollar T32 Training Grant – “Training of Academic Gynecologic Oncologists”. To address the national shortage of academic gynecologic oncologists, the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at The University of MD Anderson Cancer Center has dedicated its T32 training program to producing outstanding academic Gynecologic Oncologists – both clinician investigators and physician-scientists. Our program provides opportunities in a broad range of research training disciplines including, but not limited to, cancer biology, molecular therapeutics, tumor immunology, health disparities, epidemiology, and health services research.  This versatility in academic training increases the likelihood of obtaining an academic position upon completion of training. The mentors in our program—physician-scientists and research scientists with active research programs supported by external peer-reviewed funding—are committed to a high quality research experience focused on gynecologic cancers.


Eligible applicants will have completed a four-year residency program in obstetrics and gynecology that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in the United States, or a five-year residency program in Canada accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and are eligible to take the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology written examination.

Each applicant is reviewed by an Admissions Committee. Top applicants, chosen on the basis of their credentials and letters of recommendation, are invited to Houston for a formal interview.

Interviews take place over a full day and include participation of the staff. Applicants have the opportunity to tour the facility and to meet with the current fellows. The final selection of fellows is made in a series of joint meetings of all staff members. The selection process is administered through the National Residency Matching Program. The salary and fringe benefits are competitive. Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) by April 15, 2014 for a position beginning July 1, 2015.

How to Apply

Four-year subspecialty training

We are accepting applications through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

The deadline for submission of applications for the 2015 Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship is April 15, 2014.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship
Accreditation Number: X380000036

Required Documents

In addition to the ERAS application, your completed application package must include: 

  • Three letters of recommendation (one from a program director) addressed to "Dear Program Director"
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcript from each medical school attended
  • USMLE transcript including all attempts
  • Recent photograph
  • CREOG scores - please email to mgduhon@mdanderson.org

Additional Documents for Foreign Medical School Applicants

Note: Documents in a language other than English must be submitted with a certified translation.

  • Transcript of all college education
  • ECFMG certificate

Additional documentation may be required before a candidate can be appointed.

For More Information

Magda Duhon
Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1155 Pressler Dr.
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713-563-4549
Fax: 713-745-2398
E-mail:  mgduhon@mdanderson.org


Welcome Video

Welcome message (6:49) from the program director and assistant program director: Hear what our trainees have to say about their fellowship experience.

Gynecologic Oncology Fellowships and How to Apply

Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology: Four-year subspecialty training

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