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The Division of Surgical Oncology believes education is crucial to preparing the next generation of cancer surgeons and seeks to expose both students and residents to the subspecialty of surgical oncology as early in their careers as possible.

Medical Student Observership

For nearly 30 years, the UAB Department of Surgery has fostered an observership program in which fifth-year residents from the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion in Mexico City, Mexico, come to UAB for eight weeks to train in a number of subspecialties, including surgical oncology. Now supported by the Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation, the program allows visiting medical students to experience what it’s like to work at such a high-volume international institution.

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General Surgery Residency

General surgery residents complete rotations in surgical oncology during their first and fifth years and have the opportunity to attend educational conferences and boards such as the Pancreatobiliary Disease Conference and tumor board, in addition to their general surgery curriculum.

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