Fellowship Prospectus

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The Duke fellowship is a three-year program. The first year is devoted entirely to research — together with faculty, the first-year fellow will identify an area of research (clinical, translational, health services or basic) most in line with their interests . There are optional opportunities for paid moonlighting (benign gynecology call) in this first year. Fellows are exposed to, and mentored in, a wide variety of basic, translational and clinical research skills with a goal of preparing them to develop into successful independent researchers. Two graduate level courses are also part of the research year, including biostatistics and research methodology through the Masters Program in Clinical Research program. 

The second and third years of the fellowship are spent entirely on the gynecologic oncology service at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. There is a balanced mix of open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and we have widely adopted sentinel lymph node mapping approaches for a variety of cancers.  We also manage chemotherapy treatment of our patients, including targeted therapies. We have a robust clinical trials program which fellows are exposed to throughout their training.  The fellowship includes significant experience in palliative care, as we follow our patients throughout the course of their journey in concert with palliative care specialists. Academic time is made available during the clinical years to allow completion of quality improvement and clinical projects.

 

Our Director, Brittany Davidson, MD

Dr. Brittany Davidson has been a member of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center since 2016 after completing residency at the University of Texas-Southwestern/Parkland and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She was appointed fellowship director in January 2022. Her research interests lie at the intersection of gynecologic oncology and palliative care, helping patients and their families navigate the end of life gracefully. Her other interests include communication skills training for healthcare professionals and surgical education. She is also the Residency Associate Program Director for the Department of Ob/Gyn at Duke.

 

 

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