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Why MD Anderson

Why Choose to Train at MD Anderson?

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Ranked as one of the top two cancer treatment centers in the nation, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, has earned the trust and respect of countless individuals for over six decades. Our mission is to eliminate cancer, and we have a fervent commitment to all of the following:

  • Research-driven cancer care
  • Comprehensive educational programs
  • Innovation
  • Excellence
  • Compassion
  • Integrity

What do we offer postdoctoral and research fellows?

We offer the highest standards of scientific research in the following setting:

We offer enhanced services, resources and programs, such as:

  • Fast Track Orientation: One-day program to help new trainees get off to a fast start in their research training at MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Trainee Recognition Day: An exciting day of science and celebration where all clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students have the opportunity to compete and win cash awards up to $1,000 for winning abstracts
  • Altana Pharma Odyssey Award for Outstanding Research Publications: An award which includes a monetary prize, to recognize achievements of a postdoctoral fellow as the main author of an outstanding contribution to the scientific literature in the broadly-defined area of cancer research
  • Faculty Development Program: Provides a multitude of career-building development programs for trainees, including topics such as time-management, grant writing and management, technology and scientific excellence
  • Postdoctoral Advisory Committee: An advisory committee consisting of faculty and postdoctoral fellows which provides a structured mechanism for the enhancement of the postdoctoral experience including professional and personal development
  • Postdoctoral Association (PDA): Aspires to review and recommend policies and initiatives to ensure quality of research experience and quality of work life issue. Specific goals are to:
    • Develop a sense of community by fostering professional and social interactions among postdoctoral fellows throughout the institution
    • Provide a forum to disseminate accurate information and address issues
    • Promote a productive dialogue among fellows, the administration and faculty
  • "Common Exchanges" Forum: An informal quarterly gathering of postdoctoral fellows, various faculty and administrators who meet to discuss goals and issues related to the postdoctoral fellows’ MD Anderson research, work environment, programs and career development
  • Specialized Career Assessment Tool: An annual evaluation that occurs between the postdoctoral fellow and the mentor using a specialized tool that assesses a very broad and diverse areas of career progression
  • Scientific Publications Office: Writing and publishing resource for faculty and trainees
    The department’s experienced scientific and medical editors edit journal articles, book chapters, grant applications and abstracts, meet with authors to discuss early drafts of their work, answer questions about word usage, grammar and style and give talks about writing and publishing.
  • Travel Awards: An annual opportunity for all-clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to compete and win travel awards of $500 each
  • Mentor Line: A confidential, on-line communication by which trainees can send questions to Academic Affairs executives and staff, and view questions and answers that others have submitted
  • Research Medical Library: An innovative and forward-looking information resource serving the knowledge-based information needs of faculty and trainees. Recognizing the parallel importance of print and electronic resources, the library provides access to over 55,000 print books and journals, more than 80 online databases and more than 3,900 full-text electronic journals. A total of 58 high-end computers are available for research and instruction.
  • Odyssey Program: A program that sponsors outstanding postdoctoral fellows who wish to pursue innovative cancer research Odyssey Fellows and Scholars will receive up to three years' support to explore novel areas of clinical or basic cancer research while preparing for successful and independent careers and may present their results at the annual MD Anderson Odyssey Symposium.

We offer advanced research tools, such as:

  • Shared scientific resources
  • Funded research database (FreD)
  • Guidance in grant and manuscript writing
  • Advanced quality medical library
  • On-line medical journals
  • Clinical trials
  • Protocol research tools

What do we offer clinical fellows and residents?

We offer a philosophy of clinical care that continuously embraces comprehensive plans for growth in on-site care delivery with the requisite support systems:

  • To expand access to top quality MD Anderson care
  • To recruit and retain additional outstanding clinicians
  • To expand powerful research that translates into innovative clinical trials
  • To oversee the care of patients off-site, using Cancer Manager (TM) or other products to provide partnering physicians with education, decision support and disease management tools
  • To provide adequate resources to enable each multidisciplinary disease-site center and each diagnostic service to give outstanding care and to carry out clinical trials for all types of cancer

We offer the highest standards of clinical training in the following setting:

  • 21,221 hospital admissions
  • 50,917 surgery hours
  • 469,068 outpatient clinic visits, treatments and procedures
  • 5,725,650 pathology/lab medicine procedures
  • 282,564 diagnostic imaging procedures

We offer enhanced services, resources and programs, such as:

  • GME Committee: A committee that includes representation from the trainee population, which monitors and advises on all aspects of the quality of education and the work environment for GME trainees in each program
  • Trainee Recognition Day: An exciting day of science and celebration where all clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students have the opportunity to compete and win cash awards up to $1,000 for winning abstracts
  • Faculty Development Program: Provides a multitude of career-building development programs for trainees, including topics such as time-management, grant writing and management, technology and scientific excellence
  • "Informal Conversations" Forum: An informal quarterly gathering of fellows, residents, various faculty and administrators, who meet to discuss goals and issues, related to the clinical experience, work environment, programs and career development
  • Scientific Publications Office: Writing and publishing resource for faculty and trainees
    The department’s experienced scientific and medical editors edit journal articles, book chapters, grant applications and abstracts, meet with authors to discuss early drafts of their work, answer questions about word usage, grammar and style and give talks about writing and publishing.
  • Research Medical Library: An innovative and forward-looking information resource serving the knowledge-based information needs of faculty and trainees
    Recognizing the parallel importance of print and electronic resources, the library provides access to over 55,000 print books and journals, more than 80 online databases and more than 3,900 full-text electronic journals. A total of 58 high-end computers are available for research and instruction.
  • Travel Awards: An annual opportunity for all-clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to compete and win travel awards of $500 each
  • Mentor Line: A confidential, on-line communication whereby trainees can send questions to educational program executives and staff, and view questions and answers that others have submitted

We offer advanced clinical tools, such as:

  • Document Management System (DMS) transcription system
  • Specialty databases
  • Practice guidelines and pathways
  • Clinical calculators
  • Clinical trials
  • On-line medical journals
  • TelMed

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