Marmara University Pendik Training & Research Hospital

General Information

Name of Hospital / Institute / Cancer Centre: Marmara University Pendik Training & Research Hospital

Name of Unit: Breast Surgery

Address: SB Marmara Universitesi Pendik Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi, Fevzi Cakmak mah. M Yazicioglu cad. 10, Ustkaynarca, Pendik, Istanbul 34899, Turkey

Country: Turkey


Responsible person/tutor for the fellowship

Name: Bahadir M. Gulluoglu

Position:  Academic Head


Key contact

Contact name: Assoc. Prof. M. Umit Ugurlu, MD

Position: Unit Coordinator



Description of the training programme: The breast surgical oncology training in Marmara University Hospital consists of 3 components; a. theoretical by individual lectures given by all related disciplines under a core curriculum, preoperative and postoperative structured ward rounds, decision-making sessions on both real and scenario-based cases and critical-thinking sessions on difficult cases, b. hands-on practical training by operative skills (on basic/intermediate and advanced level surgery) as well as other technical skills such as physical exam (at outpatients clinic), imaging (mammography / MRI / nuclear medicine; PET and lymphoscintigraphy) readings, breast ultrasound and biopsy practices at radiology suit. The core training is supplemented by participation of weekly 2 MDTs for all cases who had biopsy and separately for all cancer cases for treatment planning, as well as for high risk women (hereditary cancer board) on monthly basis. The trainees are assigned to do site-visits at the pathology unit (for specimen handling, macroscopic assessment, frozen section evaluation etc), radiation oncology suits, ambulatory chemotherapy unit, genetic counseling rooms as well as lymphedema and chronic pain units. Furthermore, the trainees are expected to give presentations during journal club meetings and seminars every other month. Trainees may join a planned or an on-going research/trial if his/her attachment time is reasonably long enough.

Position held by the fellow during the traineeship: A position between resident and consultant for Turkish citizens & Observer for non-Turkish citizens

The training consist of: see above

Legal requirements:

  • For national candidates: The trainee should have an official assignment from his/her original institution providing full malpractice insurance and authorization for full clinical practice at Marmara University. The trainee is expected to be funded by his/her original institute.
  • For international candidates: The trainee should have an official permission to practice medicine/surgery in Turkey as well as health and malpractice insurances. Turkish laws do not let non-Turkish physicians to receive salary.

Maximum number of fellows in the Unit: 2

Optimal duration of the fellowship: 12 months for Turkish citizens as full-time fellowship & 6 months for non-Turkish citizens as observer

Open to both national and international candidates: Current Turkish laws and Turkish Ministry of Health as well as Higher Education Council regulations do not let foreign (non-Turkish) doctors to practice medicine in Turkey. Therefore foreign doctors can only attend the breast unit as an observer. However, the foreign doctors are allowed to scrub, assist and seldom operate under supervision with the discretion of the tutor.   

Ideal candidate: With minimum 1 year of basic surgical experience (does not have to be breast-specific) after completing formal residency in general surgery, plastic/reconstructive surgery or gynecology.


The fellow will participate in:

  • Operations with the tutor: YES
  • Outpatient clinics with the tutor: YES
  • The hospital continuing medical education programme: YES


Continuing medical education in the Unit: YES


Frequency: Weekly

Research facilities

Participation to research activities in the hospital: YES


Accessible library: YES


Available accomodation: NO

Public transport: YES

Financial support

Financial support: NO

Amount of the financial support: Only lunch is provides during working days

Information about the Institution/Department

Name: Department of General Surgery, Breast Surgery Unit

Head of Department: Prof. Cumhur Yegen, MD: Clinical Head of Dept of General Surgery

Number of Senior Consultants: 2 breast / 4 GI

Number of Consultants: 12

Number of Residents: 22

Number of beds: 48

Number of wards: 2

Number of operation rooms: 3 everyday (+1 oncoplastic breast surgery room twice weekly)

Number of operations per day: 5 breast surgeries (inc. therapeutic mammoplasty) daily only on Thursdays, 2 breast surgeries (inc. therapeutic mammoplasty) on Fridays and 2 advanced reconstructive breast operations on Mondays per week. 8-10 gastrointestinal surgeries daily (Emergency and trauma cases are not included).

Number of operations per year: ~300 breast (+ 50 with autologuous breast reconstruction) / over 2000 GI cases

Percentage of surgical oncology in the department per year: 75%

Breast cancer operations per week: min. 8


BRESO programme director: Bahadir M. Gulluoglu – Academic Head