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OSU Medical Center and CTCA partner to establish physician training fellowships

Tulsa, OK , August 29, 2011 -- OSU Medical Center (OSUMC) recently partnered with Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa (CTCA) to establish a new fellowship program in oncology. With the implementation of these programs, CTCA now has fellowship affiliations with four fellowship programs through OSUMC in these areas:

  • Medical Oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pulmonology

Development of a Pain Management fellowship program is in progress.

"The first three of these are first-time programs for OSUMC," shared Jan Slater, CEO of OSUMC. "The pulmonology fellowship program has been in existence for several years at OSUMC," she added. "Partnering with CTCA through these fellowships will allow physicians in the program to receive advanced training in their specialties at both OSUMC and CTCA. We were please with CTCA's role in our gastroenterology, plastic surgery and pulmonology fellowship programs, so CTCA was a natural choice for the fellowship program focused on cancer. A pain management fellowship program is scheduled to begin in July 2012," Salter added. "Upon completion of the prestigious fellowship program, these highly trained physicians will have the ability to offer exceptional health care throughout Oklahoma."

Gary Slick, DO, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Internal Medicine at OSU-Center for Health Sciences explains, "A fellowship program is the period of medical training in the United States and Canada that a physician may undertake after completing a specialty training program (residency). During this time (usually more than one year), the physician is known as a fellow. Fellows are capable of acting as attending physicians or consultant physicians in the generalist field in which they were trained. After completing a fellowship in the relevant sub-specialty, the physician is permitted to practice without direct supervision by other physicians in that sub-specialty."

Steve Mackin, President and CEO of CTCA in Tulsa said, "CTCA is excited about this partnership with OSUMC and advancing Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa and rural Oklahoma. This fellowship is valuable because it helps to keep specialists in Oklahoma for additional training versus leaving the state, and it gives fellows experience with patients who have advanced or complex diseases."

CTCA will host a reception/luncheon to celebrate the partnership with OSUMC with these fellowship programs on Wednesday, August 31, at noon, at the hospital. Two fellows will give their perspective since joining the program and Zack Varughese, CTCA VP of Oncology Services, Mr. Mackin, Jan Slater and Dr. Slick will share some remarks.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals focusing on complex and advanced stage cancer. CTCA offers a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment and serves patients from all 50 states at facilities located in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to

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