Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
In 2002, the Department of Health supported an innovative training program to expand training in breast reconstruction in the United Kingdom. This initiative has been driven by the need to increase patient access to both primary breast reconstruction and oncoplastic breast techniques.
The Fellowship program is overseen by the Association of Breast Surgery and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons through the Training Interface Group in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. The aim of these training posts is to produce surgeons fit to practice in modern oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery. Applicants from general surgery and plastic surgery are encouraged to participate.
Twelve specialist breast units provide high volume interspecialty experience to meet the trainees individual educational needs. Access to breast and plastic clinical experience for each of the posts is highlighted in the job descriptions. Exposure to surgical techniques is comprehensive in all posts, but may vary in volume of cases between units.
An annual recruitment round runs each spring and from 2014 the fellowship start date will be 22nd July each year.