goal of this
fellowship program is
to train physicians to
become specialists in
the care of women with
van Nagell, Jr., M.D.,
chief of Gynecologic
UK Markey Cancer Center
25 , 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Officials
of the McDowell Cancer Foundation
today announced the establishment of an endowed Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship at the University
of Kentucky Markey
Cancer Center, made possible by a $100,000 gift
from the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Trust and Fifth Third
Bank. That major donation will be matched with another
$100,000 from the State's Research Challenge Trust
commend Fifth Third Bank and the Charlotte
Schmidlapp Trust for their leadership in establishing
this fellowship with the McDowell Cancer Foundation
and the UK Markey Cancer Center," said Ben F.
Roach, M.D., chairman of the McDowell Cancer Foundation.
"This fellowship will support a distinctive program
designed to benefit young, disadvantaged women who
are at high risk of gynecologic cancers."
goal of this fellowship program is to train physicians
to become specialists in the care of women with cancer,"
said John van Nagell, Jr., M.D., chief of Gynecologic
Oncology at the UK Markey Cancer Center. "Each
fellowship would be three years in length and involve
one year of laboratory science and two years of clinical
education. There are approximately 80 applicants for
each position, so the quality of these physicians
is outstanding, and many will be future national leaders
in the fight against women's cancers."
During the fellowship program, physicians are Involved
in providing screening and treatment to many medically
underprivileged women in Appalachia. This includes
providing pap smear and colposcopic screening to asymptomatic
women at high risk for ovarian cancer. To date, more
than 20,000 women have received free ovarian screening.
Three hundred tumors and 21 ovarian malignancies have
been detected. Screening has resulted in earlier detection
and higher survival of women both
with cervical and ovarian cancer. Each fellow will
receive formal training in surgery, radiation therapy,
and chemotherapy while providing service to women
referred to the Markey Cancer Center with a variety
of pelvic malignancies.
At the successful completion of this three-year fellowship,
these graduates will take their board examination
to become certified in the subspecialty of gynecologic
oncology. Thereafter, the professional lives are dedicated
to the care and treatment of women with cancer.
Founded in 1978, the McDowell Cancer Foundation has
raised more than $50 million to build and support
the UK Markey Cancer Center. The UK Markey Cancer
Center is one of only a few cancer centers in the
nation that have been built exclusively through private
funds. The continuing mission of the Foundation is
to support the UK Markey Cancer Center in its efforts
to advance the highest standards of cancer care and