Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Advanced Practice Surgical Oncology Fellowship

The Banner MD Anderson Advanced Practice Surgical Oncology Fellowship is a 13-month program providing high level surgical training and specialty specific knowledge to allow the advanced practice provider (APP) fellow to function at the top of their scope of practice upon completion of the program. 

This position will allow the APP fellow to gain exposure to various aspects of multidisciplinary care and the functions of a complex health care delivery system. The fellow will be provided many different opportunities to develop and identify specific skills and knowledge as directly related to 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 other specialty care to patients under the auspices of a supervising physician or the supervising physician’s agent in various settings. The fellow will help provide patient assessment through patient exams, patient medical history, interpretation of required diagnostic procedures, and developing/implementing treatment and management plans under the supervising physician and supervising physician’s agent. Successful completion of the fellowship program will be awarded a certificate by Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Department of Surgical Oncology.

Program Curriculum

The surgical oncology fellowship provides exposure to many different subspecialties within the oncologic surgery realm.  Each rotation will have a clinical and didactic component with over 2000 mentored hours in direct patient care.  While BMDACC is focused on cancer care, the fellow will also gain exposure to some non-oncologic cases as well.  Subspecialty surgical rotations will include: breast, colorectal, hepatopancreatobiliary, skin & soft tissue, head & neck, urology, gynecologic oncology, 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 to rotating through the core surgical oncology specialties, additional exposure to various specialties will include but are not limited to Medical 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
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 6, 2021
Applications Close: April 29, 2022
Interviews: May 2022
Application Notification: June 1, 2022
Program Start Date: November 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 
  • Michele Locke, DNP, AGNP-BC, RNFA
  • Charlie Willet, PA-C
Surgical Oncology
Plastic Surgery
Thoracic Surgery
Nocturnal Service
  • Tim Byker, PA-C
  • Amy Shannon-McCounaughy, PA-C
Inpatient Service

Banner MD Anderson Surgical Oncology Team welcomes:

Class of 2021-2022 fellows:

  • Alexandra Arnieri, PA-C
  • Anthony Carli, PA-C

Class of 2020-2021 fellows:

  • Krystal Stewart, PA-C
  • Sarianne Stradling, PA-C