Pancreatic Cancer Research Fellowship Program
Pancreatic Center of Excellence
Digestive Disease Institute, Virginia Mason
Established in 1920, Virginia Mason is an award-winning, non-profit organization offering a network of primary and specialty care clinics throughout the Puget Sound region and a 336-bed hospital in Seattle. The Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason was established to bring our accomplished group of digestive disease specialists and investigators together in a highly collaborative environment.
Our active pancreas cancer program is internationally renowned and sees approximately 250 patients every year. The Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason has created the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fellowship in keeping with the Institute's mission to optimize patient care through innovations in research, education, and a multidisciplinary approach to treatment of digestive and liver diseases.
Vincent J. Picozzi, Jr., MD, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fellowship Program Director, works closely with the Digestive Disease Institute Executive Director Richard Kozarek, MD, to ensure a valuable educational experience. Pancreatic cancer research fellows work with business analysts and multidisciplinary providers as well as program faculty.
The goal of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fellowship program is to provide a unique and challenging experience for the fellow to:
Supervision and mentoring will be provided by Vincent Picozzi, Jr., MD, Fellowship Director, and other faculty (listed below) depending upon specific areas of engagement. These faculty members are part of the Digestive Disease Institute and include oncologists, surgeons, gastroenterologists, pathologists and radiologists with expertise in the treatment and research of digestive disease.
The planned duration of training will be one year. This duration of time can be modified in special circumstances to two years.
Trainees for the Pancreas Cancer Research Fellowship must have an MD degree and have completed at least three years of residency. Non-native speakers of English must take and submit TOEFL scores. We cannot consider applicants with J1 visa status. Applications from international applicants eligible for an H1-B visa will be considered.
The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fellow will receive a competitive salary and benefits at the regionally-determined PGY-4 level or higher, depending on level of training. Additionally, the Fellow is entitled to a $2,000 conference stipend + $1,000 for statistical coursework fees.
GI Cancer Conference — Every other Tues 5-6 p.m., Rad-Onc Conference Room
Biweekly cancer conference focuses on gastrointestinal cancers. Faculty and fellows from gastroenterology, hepatology, surgery, pathology, interventional radiology and oncology meet weekly to present, review and discuss the medical conditions and treatment options of individual patients with gastrointestinal and pancreatico-biliary cancers. Consensus recommendations for further evaluation and treatment for each patient are documented and communicated to patients and treating physicians.
GI Pathology Conference — 2nd Thurs of month 7:30-8:30 a.m., Pathology Conference Room
Meet monthly with pathologists, radiologists, and gastroenterologists to review biopsy specimens. Some of biopsies have been performed by the Radiology Department, referral hospitals and/or referral physicians. The number of biopsies reviewed will vary. For any patient who has an autopsy, the results will be discussed during the conference as well. All explants will be reviewed during pathology conference.
GI Radiology Conference — 3rd Wed of month 7:30-8:30 a.m., Correa A Conference Room
Faculty, gastroenterologists, surgeons, general radiologists, interventional radiologists and fellows meet monthly to review computed tomography, magnetic resonance, angiograms and ultrasonography on selected patients to be discussed. Indications, contra-indications, limitations, and complications of all radiologic procedures pertinent to the subspecialty of pancreatic cancer are also discussed.
The fellow will meet with the Program Director monthly and will receive verbal and written evaluations. The fellow will be expected to provide confidential assessment and feedback about the program and faculty. Assessment will focus on three key areas of competency: