Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Program Description 

The Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida is a two-year program, comprised of 18 months of required clinical rotations, and six months of elective experience in either clinical or research or both. Fellows may request an optional third year, dedicated to research. Thus, a fellow could elect, upon consultation with the Program Director and approval by the Steering Committee:

  • A 2-year fellowship that combines 18 months of clinical experience and 6 months of research;
  • A 2-year, fully clinical fellowship by choosing 6 months of elective clinical rotations and no research experience;
  • A 3-year, research-intensive fellowship comprised of 18 months of research experience after completing the required 18 months of clinical experience;
  • Any combination of 18 required clinical months plus up to six months of elective clinical rotations plus a corresponding amount of research experience. 

The fellowship is designed for, but not restricted to, individuals intent upon a career in academic surgical oncology. The program was last site-visited in June 2010 and was unanimously approved for five years of accreditation, and to expand to four trainees per year. The graduating fellow will be well trained in the broad field of Surgical Oncology, and have the potential to become a leader in the multidisciplinary care of the cancer patient.


All fellows are expected to participate in research. Research interests are discussed with each fellow at the beginning of the fellowship and before the start of the second year. It is expected that fellows will participate in clinical research projects in the first year, as well as begin the background reading and planning that will allow the initiation of a productive research program in the second year. Opportunities exist for the fellows to work with surgical researchers in molecular biology and genetics as well as basic scientists investigating nearly every aspect of human cancer. The third-year research opportunity is strongly encouraged, but neither mandatory nor guaranteed, and may be contingent upon the fellow arranging for financial support for his or her laboratory research by their mentor.



Applicants must be eligible for a Florida medical license, and be United States citizens or have appropriate visas qualifying them to legally reside in the United States for at least two years. 

Number of Positions

4 per year 


Please visit ERAS to find the deadline.

How to Apply

We accept applications only through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS)

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Sample Contract 

Salary and Benefits 

Program Director

Vernon K. Sondak, M.D.
Director of Surgical Education
Program Director for the Surgical Oncology Fellowship
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

Program Coordinator

Martin Kramer
Graduate Medical Education Coordinator
12902 Magnolia Drive, MCC-GME
Tampa, FL 33612
P: 813-745-2069
F: 813-745-4064