The Duke fellowship is a three-year program. The first year is devoted entirely to research and there are NO clinical responsibilities. Fellows are exposed to and mentored in a wide variety of basic, translational and clinical research with a goal of preparing them to develop into successful independent researchers. Graduate level courses are also part of the research year, including biostatistics and an introduction to clinical research.
Over the past few years, most fellows have done health services research projects. Duke has an outstanding Masters Program in Clinical Research (http://crtp.mc.duke.edu/index.htm) that some fellows have completed. The second and third years of the fellowship are spent almost entirely on the gynecologic oncology service at Duke University Medical Center. There is a balanced mix of open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and we have widely adopted sentinel lymph node mapping approaches. We also manage chemotherapy treatment of our patients, including targeted therapies. 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, Paula Lee, MD
Dr. Paula Lee has been a member of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Duke University Medical Center since 2007 after completing both residency and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She was appointed fellowship director in September 2016. Her research interests include therapeutic and surgical trials for gynecologic malignancies and improving end of life care. She is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her other interests include global health initiatives for middle and low resource countries to improve the care of women with gynecologic malignancies.