Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Saudi females followed by thyroid cancer. It is estimated that over 1000 cases between thyroid cancer and breast cancer are diagnosed every year in Saudi Arabia. Thyroid cancer is the second most common cancer in Saudi females. Fellowship for general surgeons to be specialized and trained in these specialties is, therefore, very important and vital. Fellows can disseminate the experience and can perform the right procedure needed for their patients.
The Section of Breast and Endocrine Surgery at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (Gen. Org.) has established this fellowship program to train the general surgeons for two years. The material and skill development is excellent, given the volume of patients at this Institution with resources that support the program in dealing with these diseases. The expectation is that these fellows will be exposed to many interesting cases and the standard management, while gaining enough experience to make them ready to manage these cases alone. The educational activities, multidisciplinary approach clinical conferences, and research opportunities add greatly to the learning environment.