Winship Oncology Observational Fellowship

The Winship Oncology Observational Fellowship provides educational exposure for early to mid-career practicing oncologists from low and middle-income countries, particularly from sub-Saharan African countries.

The Winship Oncology Observational Fellowship is a six-month program where participants observe Winship experts as they evaluate and take care of patients with cancer in various clinical settings.

Program Description

Observers will have the opportunity to appreciate the importance of a multidisciplinary approach for the care of patients with cancer in order to adopt such an approach in their local practice. Settings include outpatient clinic, inpatient floors, radiation oncology and surgical operating room. Observers will also learn pathologic evaluation of diseased tissues. 

Observers will be expected to attend a variety of procedures such as ambulatory chemotherapy infusion, radiation treatment and cancer-related surgical procedures, without having a direct role in the care of the patient.

Through participation in the fellowship, observers will:

  • function in an observational role while shadowing physicians as they perform patient evaluations and direct treatment;
  • be expected to attend surgical procedures in the operating room. However, they are not allowed to directly participate in any aspect of the surgical care of patients;
  • be able to participate in new or on-going research efforts including manuscript preparation and presentation at research meetings;
  • be mentored directly by key faculty members in hematology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology.

Duration and Cost

The fellowship is designed as a six month program with the possibility of an additional six month extension based on performance and availability of slots. Requests for an extension will be considered on a case-by-case basis by program leadership.

Observers with the support of their home institution will be required to provide funding to cover travel arrangements to and from Atlanta, reasonable cost of living expenses including accommodation and health insurance during the duration of their stay.

Contact Information

The application process is not open at this time. Once the application process opens, it will be announced here.

For all inquiries, please contact Barbara Powley, program coordinator, at bpowley@emory.edu.

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Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD, MSCR

Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD, MSCR

Co-Leader, Discovery & Developmental Therapeutics Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Owonikoko's clinical specialties include lung cancer, thyroid cancer and other cancers of the aerodigestive tract.

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Mary Jo Lechowicz, MD

Mary Jo Lechowicz, MD

Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Lechowicz is the primary investigator for a number of trials at Emory University with regard to improvement of care in lymphoma, particularly related to transplantation and patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

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Allan Pickens, MD

Allan Pickens, MD

Director of Thoracic Oncology
Emory University Hospital Midtown

A leading thoracic surgeon, Dr. Pickens specializes in lung cancer, lung transplantation, esophageal cancer, and minimally invasive thoracoscopic and robotic thoracic surgery.

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Mylin A. Torres, MD

Mylin A. Torres, MD

Louisa and Rand Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

A breast cancer expert and researcher, Dr. Torres is part of the multidisciplinary team at the Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship Cancer Institute.

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