This program was suspended in 2020 due to travel restrictions and the uncertainty of COVID-19. We are currently assessing the possibility of bringing the Visiting Scholar & Mentorship Program back during the latter part of 2021. More information will be forthcoming in the coming months.

Program Objective

To establish an international mentorship program that fosters long-term mentoring relationships with an aim of narrowing, and eventually eliminating, the gaps in provision of healthcare to women diagnosed with gynecological cancer across different regions of the world. This program will provide mentorship opportunities for young doctors seeking to learn a very specific skill not available at their institution (e.g. lymphatic mapping, minimally invasive surgery, fertility-sparing surgery, clinical trial design, palliative care, etc.).

The program is aimed at:

  1. Providing trainees and early career specialists in gynecological oncology from low- or middle-income countries an opportunity to visit and witness the working of more established units so they may identify improved resource utilization in their own setting.
  2. Mentoring early career professionals in gynecological oncology from lower resource regions and assist then in setting up multidisciplinary teams and gynecologic cancer centers in their region.
  3. Allowing opportunities for trainees/early career professionals in gynecological oncology from low resource settings to visit more established centers with specific goals of seeking mentorship.

The applicants may wish to seek experience and/or mentorship in one or more following domains:

  1. Surgical skills – learning, training, specializing, improving
  2. Peri-operative management
  3. Multidisciplinary team management (team building, decision making in MDT setting, ethical issues and insight)
  4. Provision of palliative care
  5. Research and clinical trial designs, participation in collaborative trial group activities
  6. Governance

2019 Visiting Scholars


Dr. Adu Appiah-Kubi
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana
International Mentor:
Dr. Carolyn Johnston
Host Institution:
University of Michigan

Dr. Emmanuel Adekunle Sajo
Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria
International Mentor:
Professor Greta Dreyer
Host Institution:
Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Kalafong Provincial, South Africa

Dr. Aliaksandr Shushkevich
National Cancer Center of Belarus
International Mentor:
Dr. Jubilee Brown
Host Institution:
Levine Cancer Institute at Atrium Health

Learn more about the 2019 Visiting Scholars

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