Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Advanced Practice Surgical Oncology Fellowship

The Banner MD Anderson Advanced Practice Surgical Oncology Fellowship is a 13-month post-graduate program providing high level surgical training and specialty specific knowledge in surgical oncology and its subspecialties. Upon successful completion of the program, the advanced practice provider (APP) fellow will be well trained to function at the top of their scope of practice.

This position affords the APP fellow a structured environment where they may develop a deep understanding of multidisciplinary oncologic care at a high volume cancer care center. Training will include opportunities to advance clinical skills and knowledge in three core areas: surgical oncology, perioperative management and comprehensive oncologic care. 

Program Objectives

This fellow is a member of a care team that provides and coordinates medical, surgical, and specialty care to patients of Banner MD Anderson, as permitted by their state license and training. Assignments will take fellows across multiple Banner campuses, including Banner Gateway Medical Center, Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, Banner Del Webb Medical Center and Banner Boswell Medical Center. This gives the fellow an opportunity to serve the diverse patient population in the Phoenix area and Arizona at-large.

The fellow will assist the surgical oncology team by performing patient assessments, obtaining a comprehensive medical history, interpreting the results of diagnostic tests procedures, developing treatment plans and conducting follow-up and surveillance visits, alongside seeing new consults These duties will be performed under direct supervision and as allowed by their state license.

Upon completion of the fellowship, the fellow will be awarded a certificate by Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Department of Surgical Oncology.

Program Curriculum

Each rotation will have a clinical and didactic component with over 2000 mentored hours of direct patient care.  While BMDACC is focused on cancer care, the fellow will also gain exposure to a limited number of non-oncologic cases as well.  

Core rotations include breast, colorectal, hepatopancreatobiliary, skin & soft tissue, head & neck, urologic, gynecologic, thoracic and complex reconstructive surgery. The last 8 weeks of the program will culminate in a subspecialty area of the fellows choosing to allow them to continue to refine their knowledge in their area of interest.

In addition, fellows will gain to rotating through the core surgical oncology specialties, additional exposure to other clinical specialties including medical oncology, psycho-oncology, radiation oncology, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, interventional radiology, integrative medicine and nutrition.

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Contact us

For more information regarding the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Advance Practice Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, contact: 

Rosemary Bloom, MMSc, PA-C, Fellowship Program Director
Anthony Carli, MMSc, PA-C, Fellowship Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (480)-256-5397
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Surgical Oncology
2940 E Banner Gateway Drive
Attn: Rosemary Bloom
Gilbert, AZ. 85234
  • Basic operating skill and high degree of manual dexterity
  • Good hand-eye coordination with excellent vision and spatial awareness
  • Excellent communication skills to manage a wide variety of patients and families 
  • Ability and willingness to accept constructive criticism 
  • Aptitude to work as a team, take initiative, and lead effectively where needed
  • Provide compassionate and quality patient care 

Applications Open: December 5, 2022
Applications Close: April 8, 2023
Interviews: May 2023
Application Notification: June 5, 2023
Program Start Date: December 5, 2022

The application criteria for this fellowship include:

  • Graduate from Accredited NP/PA training Program 
  • Pass appropriate certification examination
  • AZ Licensure/AZ Licensure-Eligible
  • Active BLS & ACLS Certifications
  • Eligible for DEA number
  • Personal Statement: one-page typed statement on why you are interested in postgraduate surgical training program
  • 2 Professional Letters of Recommendations (including one from your graduate program director if you graduated within the last 2 years)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Official Transcripts from Graduate Program
  • Physician Assistants will require official NCCPA Exam scores 
  • Nurse Practitioners must submit Adult Gerontological Acute Care NP Certification and Registered Nurse First Assist Certification
  • Application fee 
  • Dr. Michael Choti, MD, Division Chief, Surgical Oncology
  • Amanda Dean-Martin, DNP/AC-BC, Chief of Advanced Practice & Clinical Integration
  • Rosemary Bloom, PA-C, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Program Director
  • Kristin Embry, PA-C, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Educational Coordinator
  • Savannah Baccus, PA-C, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Clinical Coordinator
  • Sarianne Stradling, PA-C, Head & Neck Surgery, Operations Coordinator
  • Anthony Carli, PA-C, Head & Neck Surgery, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Clinical Preceptors:

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Savannah Baccus, PA-C
  • Rosemary Bloom, PA-C, Division & Program Director
  • Tara Burns, PA-C, APP Lead
  • Kristin Embry, PA-C
  • Megan Kaufman, PA-C
Head & Neck Surgery
  • Anthony Carli, PA-C
  • Kasey Horrell, PA-C
  • Jackie Kienholz, PA-C
  • Clyde Merrill, PA-C
  • Samantha Sorg, PA-C
  • Sarianne Stradling, PA-C
Breast Surgery
  • Michelle Carnes, ACNP
  • Danielle Fischer, PA-C
  • Jennifer Gomez, PA-C
  • Melissa Shelby, ACNP
Thoracic Surgery
  • Alex Arnieri, PA-C
  • Jacob Whitney, PA-C
  • Steven Sando, PA-C, APP Lead
  • Angi Seacat, ACNP
  • Phillip Spencer, PA-C
Surgical Oncology
  • Jamie Boma, PA-C
  • Mark Knapp, PA-C, Division Director
  • Macy Kopp, PA-C
  • Ryan Uerkvitz, PA-C
  • Mary Williams, PA-C, APP Lead
  • Nate Cochrane, PA-C, APP Lead
  • Michelle Locke, ACNP
  • Michael Snyder, FNP
  • Charlie Willett, PA-C
Inpatient Medicine
  • Timothy Byker, PA-C, Nocturnal
  • Kate Forgy, ACNP
  • Kelly Lueck, PA-C
  • Dixie Reid, PA-C
  • Amy Shannon-McConaughy, PA-C, Nocturnal

Class of 2022-2023

  • Julia Woody, PA-C
  • Andrea Go, PA-C

Class of 2021-2022

  • Alexandra Arnieri, PA-C: Joining the Department of Thoracic Surgery as a surgical physician assistant
  • Anthony Carli, PA-C: Joining the Department of Head & Neck Surgery as a surgical physician assistant

Class of 2020-2021

  • Krystal Stewart, PA-C: Joined an out-of-state medical oncology practice
  • Sarianne Stradling, PA-C: Joined the Department of Head & Neck Surgery as a surgical physician assistant