Physician Assistant Student Elective Rotation

Program Description

This four week elective rotation in clinical oncology is designed to acquaint the motivated, senior-level PA student with state-of-the-art multidisciplinary cancer care at a world-renowned comprehensive cancer center. 

Students will be mentored by clinical PAs, nurse practitioners and/or physicians. Students will experience firsthand the care given to patients by expert oncology multidisciplinary teams.

Students may choose from a variety of multidisciplinary rotations. Rotation involves participation in lectures, grand rounds and multidisciplinary conferences. 

Eligibility Requirements

It is highly recommended that PA students plan their elective rotation during the later period of their clinical training. At a minimum, students must have 16 weeks of clinical rotations, including 4 weeks in medicine and 4 weeks in surgery rotations before participating in an elective at MD Anderson.


Applications are accepted quarterly and reviewed by a selection committee. Students are accepted based on the competitiveness of their application and preceptor availability. For specific details regarding the application process, please review the following documents:

Student Elective Rotation Descriptions (pdf)

Student Elective Rotation Application Process (pdf)

We are currently accepting applications for rotations in March-May 2017.

Please contact the Office of PA Education at with any questions.


The following are helpful resources once students are accepted into the program that may answer common questions before and during a clinical rotation at MD Anderson:

Pre-Rotation FAQ (pdf)

Day 1 of Rotation FAQ (pdf)

The following presentations provide additional information regarding our programs.

Physician Assistant Postgraduate Oncology Program - A Program Overview

Physician Assistant Postgraduate Oncology Program - A Graduate's Perspective

The Emerging Role of Physicians Assistant in the Care of Cancer Patients

These are also available as podcasts for downloading.  Please see our PA presentations and other excellent MD Anderson podcasts at iTunes University.

To download iTunes: iTunes download page

PA podcasts: View in iTunes

 For additional information regarding Physician Assistants at MD Anderson, please see our main website.

Contact Information

Mailing Address
PO Box 301407
Unit 1727
Houston, TX 77230-1407

Mid Campus Building 1
7007 Bertner Ave, 1MC17.2343
Houston Texas 77030