Polly Suk-Yee Cheung Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship

The University of Michigan Polly Suk-Yee Cheung Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship provides multidisciplinary, specialized training in breast cancer care and surgery, with a program designed to support the fellow’s progressive advancement to clinical independence during the training process.

Program Overview

The breast oncology program at Michigan Medicine is one of the country’s most respected, delivering multidisciplinary care that coalesces expertise in surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, reconstructive surgery, oncology nursing, cancer genetics, fertility preservation, psycho-oncology, rehabilitative medicine and survivorship. This richly interdisciplinary approach to care is the foundation for training our fellows.

Trainees in the Michigan Polly Suk-Yee Cheung Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship can expect:

  • A unique level of independence: As a fellow, you’ll be appointed as an instructor in the Division of Surgical Oncology in the U-M Department of Surgery. Accordingly, you will be given the opportunity to have independent, yet mentored, clinical time. This preparation is invaluable in preparing for the next step in your career.
  • Well-rounded training: In additional to surgical training, fellows rotate through subspecialty clinics, including medical oncology, breast cancer genetics, reconstructive surgery, breast imaging, pathology, psycho-oncology, fertility preservation, rehabilitative medicine and survivorship, with additional opportunities to participate in our outreach clinic in Flint, Mich. Fellows will also learn skills to support patients through experiences with outreach and advocacy. Understanding the care of the whole patient is a critical educational mission.
  • Wide range of academic opportunities: From basic science to outcomes research, fellows have their pick of academic development opportunities, including support to attend regional and national meetings. Furthermore, fellows have the chance to participate in the medical school curriculum helping to teach medical students and residents.

Clinical Experience

Fellows join a high-performing multidisciplinary team at the U-M Rogel Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute “comprehensive” designee. Clinical learning experiences include:

  • Subspecialty clinic rotations.
  • Participation in the weekly Multidisciplinary Tumor Board.
  • Through the management of complex cases, honing of skills in surgical techniques, including lumpectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsy, axillary lymph node dissection, and skin-sparing mastectomy.
  • A personalized plan of graded clinical independence to ensure self-sufficiency at the completion of the fellowship.


Formal didactic experience for breast care fellows includes:

  • Weekly didactic session with the fellowship program director.
  • Weekly multidisciplinary breast educational forum, a CME-accredited lunchtime speaker series.
  • Annual Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Symposium, featuring internationally renowned guest faculty.
  • A monthly Rogel Cancer Center Grand Rounds program.
  • A bi-monthly established curriculum including text book chapter and journal article review
  • A comprehensive review course in biostatistics and epidemiology, offered by the U-M Center for Statistical Consultation and Research.

In addition, fellows can enroll in one of the U-M School of Public Health courses in epidemiology or biostatistics, and attend the School of Breast Oncology Conference.

Fellows are expected to complete an original research manuscript and review article or book chapter for publication. Fellows receive support for attending the Society of Surgical Oncology annual symposium, with other opportunities to attend national meetings as well.

Applicants should be board-eligible or board-certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Applicants should apply via the Society of Surgical Oncology Breast Oncology Fellowship Education Program. Prospective candidates will be invited to interview at Michigan after receipt and and review of completed applications.

One fellowship position is available each year.