CancerCare Manitoba, University of Manitoba
ON 2048, Cancer Care Manitoba
675 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9 Canada
K Alok Pathak, MD PhD FRCS (Glasg) FRCSEd FRCSC – Fellowship Director
Shelly Labossiere – Fellowship Administrator
|Number of Fellowships: 1
Duration (in years) / Type: 1 year / 1 yr Clinical
Overview: CancerCare Manitoba is the tertiary referral centre for cancer patients from the provinces of Manitoba, Nunavut, Western Ontario and Saskatchewan in Canada providing cancer care to a population of around 1.5 million. Head & Neck Surgical Oncology service at CancerCare Manitoba comprises 2 fellowship trained Head and Neck Surgical oncologists who see over 1200 new patients and 5000 follow up patients every year. About 425 proven cancer cases receive multi-disciplinary treatment every year based on the recommendations at weekly head and neck disease site group case conferences. Being a part of a University Hospital enables access to other services like reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and rehabilitation services to name a few at any time. Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology is housed in the same premises, which provides interested fellows an easy access to basic laboratory research facilities. CancerCare Manitoba also houses the Manitoba Cancer Registry which is one of the oldest population based registries in the world. This makes both clinical and translational possible on a population based cohort.
Objectives: At the end of their fellowship, our fellow will have the knowledge and experience to determine stage and treatment options for individual head and neck cancer patients; broad knowledge of other cancer treatment modalities including, but not limited to: radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and endocrine therapy; expertise in the selection of patients for surgical management of head and neck cancer as a component of a multi-disciplinary treatment plan; knowledge of the benefits and risks associated with a multi-disciplinary approach; experience in palliative techniques as they apply to head and neck cancer patients including proper selection of patients, proper performance of palliative surgical procedures and knowledge of non-surgical palliative treatments and finally a clear understanding of tumor biology, carcinogenesis, epidemiology, tumor markers and tumor pathology.
Strengths: Head and Neck Surgical Oncology program operates from two University teaching hospitals -Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface General Hospital with over 700 head and neck surgical procedures performed every year. We have a strong minimally invasive Head and Neck Surgical Oncology program that encompasses minimally invasive thyroidectomies and parathyroidectomies, CO2 laser excisions and radio-guided sentinel node biopsies. Fellows are also expected to be actively involved in complex surgical procedures requiring multi-disciplinary participation like micro-vascular reconstructions, skull base surgeries, mediastinal lymph node dissections and major vascular interventions.
Eligibility: CancerCare Manitoba offers a one year fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology to Otolaryngologists, General Surgeons, or Plastic Surgeons who have completed their residency training and have passed or attained qualification to sit for the examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada or American Board of Otolaryngology, Surgery, or Plastic Surgery. The fellowship program is designed to offer a comprehensive training program in clinical head and neck oncology to prepare the individual for an academic career.
Fellows’ Duties/Responsibilities: During the twelve month rotation fellows will be provided with ample opportunities to participate in Multi-disciplinary Clinics and Conferences to help them in developing clinical and technical skills for providing comprehensive care to head and neck cancer patients. The fellow will be provided the opportunity to either perform as surgeon or first assistant in about 450 major procedures in the head and neck region.
Research Opportunities: Fellows are encouraged to be involved in our ongoing studies in collaboration with Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology, Manitoba Cancer Registry and University of Manitoba and are expected to develop or participate in at least one research project to be submitted to a peer review journal for possible publication.
Supervision, Teaching & Call: In addition to maintaining and enhancing his/her professional activities through ongoing educational activity, fellows will be involved in training and teaching students, physician assistants, and support staff. Fellow will be responsible for coordinating the academic activity of the service in terms of organizing the journal club, morbidity and mortality conference. Fellow will help in orientating the residents, medical students and trainees during their rotations and supervise them through the surgical procedures and be involved in different teaching courses organized by the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology program. They are expected to take 1 in 3 call.
- 2011/2012 Andrea Torroni Associate Prof , NYU,School of Medicine
- 2012/2013 Adebola Obayan Saskatchewan,Canada
- 2014/2015 Mohamad Sharaf Eldin Lecturer, Mansoura University, Egypt
- 2015/2016 Fahad Cadili Faculty, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Univ of MB
- 2016/2017 Anupam Das Asst Prof. B.Borooah Cancer Center, India
- 2016/2017 Benjamin Turner Microvascular Fellow, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
- 2016/2017 Ahmed Freig Current Fellow