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Annual Report - Annual Report - Winter 2014

By Madylan Eskridge

MD Anderson system is bolstered by Graduate Medical Education’s homegrown experts

Thanks to the addition of new trainee positions, there will be even more MD Anderson-trained doctors to provide patients with the highest quality of care.

“Every new trainee slot is valuable given the challenges of funding these positions,” says Diane Bodurka, M.D., vice president, Medical Education, and professor in Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine. “And the addition of 12 new positions brings us to 272.”

Increasing the number of physicians trained through Graduate Medical Education (GME) creates a larger pool of “home-grown” experts for affiliate practices such as Banner 
MD Anderson Cancer Center in Arizona, 
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in New Jersey and our regional care centers in the Houston area.

MD Anderson offers 76 GME training programs, including diagnostic radiology, cancer rehabilitation, hospice and palliative medicines, cancer anesthesia and dermatology. Some have more than 40 participants, while other very specialized areas have just one or two. The length of training also varies, ranging from one to four years, depending on the specialty.

Trainees gain experience by working with and learning from MD Anderson physicians. Many trainees contribute to the scientific advancement of cancer research.

“We take great pride in delivering the highest quality training, and it’s reassuring that there will be even more doctors providing MD Anderson’s standard of care,” Bodurka says. 

Educational trainees
Student programs1,396
Special programs507
School of Health Professions291
Nursing programs1,306

Degrees awarded

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Master of Science:    25
  • Ph.D.:    66
Most degrees awarded
Biomedical sciences30
Medical physics11
Cancer biology9

School of Health Professions

  • Bachelor of Science:    148
Most degrees awarded
Diagnostic imaging35
Molecular genetic technology30
Radiation therapy20

Funding for trainees

Financial support from external and internal sources provides training and educational grants and fellowships.

Federal grants/fellowships:    52/$12,724,041

Nonfederal grants/fellowships:    60/$4,625,948

Internal awards:    60/$119,250

Top 5 sources of rotating trainees
UT Health Science Center at Houston49%
Baylor College of Medicine23%
UT Medical Branch at Galveston7%
Methodist Hospital4%
Memorial Hermann Hospital System2%

Top 5 countries of origin

Clinical residents/fellows
United States68%
Postdoctoral fellows
United States17%
South Korea6%
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students
United States51%
South Korea3%
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