What Our Fellows Say...
"Akron's friendly and supportive environment initially attracted me to the hospital. After interviewing and touring the facilities, I learned that this institution is extremely research oriented, up-to-date with current literature and always pushing the envelope with its innovative ideas. I am impressed with its dedication to education. I am excited to be here and know that my training in Akron will provide me the skillset I need to be a comprehensive breast surgeon."
— Mita Patel, MD, Breast Oncology Fellow 2010-2011
"I chose Akron General Medical Center for my Fellowship training for the excellent opportunity this medical community affords to refine my skills and develop the in-depth knowledge necessary to specialize in the treatment of breast disease. This requires experience in a multidisciplinary approach, which is an important part of the curriculum here. The Fellow rotates through all of the requirements established by the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the program at Akron General has demonstrated its sustainability in its recent SSO review and approval."
Exceptional opportunity for research exists in a basic science laboratory on the Akron General campus, clinical research at Akron General Medical Center, as well as the cancer registry at Aultman Hospital. Research and attendance at national meetings is greatly encouraged and supported. Furthermore, the Fellow rotates at two campuses with a core of four faculty, which offers not only greater exposure in surgery but also the ability to view different perspectives in the surgical management of breast disease. Stereotactic biopsy, which is an integral part of surgical breast care, is performed by the majority of the faculty. Additionally, the Fellow conducts his or her own clinic in the Breast Health Center at Akron General, allowing autonomy in patient management with the option of faculty assistance with challenging cases. Overall, this program produces Fellows who are able to enter any realm of practice, from private practice to an academic position to a director of a breast health center."
— Jessica Partin, MD, Breast Oncology Fellow 2009-2010
"I chose Akron General to refine my skills and knowledge as a breast surgeon. As a breast fellow at Akron General, I rotate through two hospitals, Akron General Medical Center and Aultman Hospital. A unique opportunity that adds diversity to my training and broadens my exposure. The program includes all the rotations recommended by the Society of Surgical Oncology in any accredited breast fellowship program delivered in a very non-overbearing, nurturing and supportive environment.
The program is education and not service oriented. It provides an abundance of opportunity to grow through discussion, grand rounds, tumor board and attending the latest conferences. Fellows are encouraged to engage in research where support for both clinical based and basic science research is provided.
A unique advantage the program provides is training in stereotactic breast biopsies. An advantage not provided by most other programs. Moreover, There is a fellow's clinic run every week in the Breast Health Center where the fellow independently manages patients and references difficult cases with the rest of the faculty. A prospect at autonomy that helps the fellow gain experience before going out into practice in managing benign as well as malignant breast disease.
The area, geographically, is very inviting. People are very hospitable, the cost of living is very affordable and, together with the surrounding area, offers plenty to see and do. Furthermore, with two airports in the vicinity with service to multiple destinations traveling has never been easier!"
— Hanadi Bu-Ali, MD, Breast Oncology Fellow 2008-2009