Genitourinary Medical Oncology Fellowship
About the Program
The goal of the Genitourinary Medical Oncology fellowship is to train physicians in the research, diagnosis, and multidisciplinary management of urologic malignancies. The focus of the program is to develop investigators that span the spectrum of skills from laboratory investigation to translational and clinical investigation. All eligible candidates will submit a research proposal for approval as part of their application.
The Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology sees approximately 40 new patients with urologic malignancies weekly. These patients are distributed among the 14 clinical faculty members and approximately 30% are placed on clinical studies. The ample patient resource will serve as the basis for the education of the Genitourinary Medical Oncology Fellows.
Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in rotations through the departments of Urology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, Epidemiology, Molecular Therapeutics, Cancer Biology, Experimental Diagnostic Imaging, and Experimental Therapeutics. Working collaboratively with these different disciplines will provide a unique multidisciplinary educational opportunity pertaining to the study of genitourinary malignancies. The length of the rotations will be tailored to the specific research interests of the trainee.
At the completion of one year of training, the fellow is expected to be knowledgeable about appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic approaches and have clear research accomplishments. Each fellow will gain experience in a variety of research programs and will be expected to have demonstrated his/her ability to complete an independent research project in the laboratory or clinic.
During an optional second year, there is opportunity for further training on either a clinical, translational or basic science project. An experienced faculty member from the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology will be identified to serve as a mentor and will supervise the fellows’ project and development. The fellow will be expected to complete a formal manuscript or report, and seek publication for the findings of his/her research project. Clinical investigative projects may consist of a retrospective chart review, a prospective clinical evaluation of a syndrome or abnormality, or the evaluation of a new drug or therapeutic modality. With translational and basic science research, the research rational, methodology, and study design would be developed by the fellow under the guidance of the mentoring faculty.
Program applicants must hold a M.D. degree. Residency training in Internal Medicine is required and fellowship training in Medical Oncology is preferred. All candidates must have an identified research plan prior to acceptance.
Applications must include the following documents:
- Apply online through the DISCOVER online application system
- Three letters of recommendation (including one letter from a proposed mentor at MD Anderson)
- Medical school diploma
- Medical school transcripts
- Proof of fellowship training in medical oncology, if applicable
- Licensure Exam Transcripts (USMLE board scores)
- ECFMG certificate
- Curricula vitae
- A research proposal
Documents in a language other than English must include a certified translation.
Completed applications must be submitted by December 31, 2010. Approved candidates will start the fellowship program on July 1, 2011.
Interested candidates may submit original requested documents to:
Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1155 Pressler St., Unit 1374
Houston, TX 77030-3721