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STEP-UP Program

The Partnership Training Program holds positions each year in the STEP-UP Program for qualified trainees from the University of Puerto Rico System. The STEP-UP Program, which is a comprehensive training and research internship program, focuses on developing the biomedical science background, medical vocabulary and clinical experience of well-qualified science, technology and engineering students with plans to pursue post-baccalaureate Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. studies. This program is offered jointly through MD Anderson and Rice University. Program benefits include:

  • Academic credit awarded by the University of Puerto Rico
  • Training and certification in HIPAA regulations and First Aid/CPR
  • Eighty-hour dissection-based clinical anatomy rotation designed to increase students’ knowledge about human structure and expand their medical vocabulary
  • Approximately 60 hours of observational rotations through a variety of Texas Medical Center medical clinics
  • Didactic seminars addressing lab safety, clinical etiquette, cultural diversity, leadership, ethics and a variety of topics related to cancer research
  • Approximately 240 hours working on a cancer-related research project under the direction of a research preceptor
  • Team-building non-academic and social events
  • Identification as STEP-UP alumnae, entitled to ongoing resources, information and networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to return for a second summer (STEP-UP2) dedicated to conducting research in a MD Anderson research lab

To apply, please visit the STEP-UP site to download an application.

For More Information

Kathryn E. Peek, Ph.D.
Program Director
E-mail: kpeek@mdanderson.org
Phone: 713-792-7765


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