Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship

The Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for graduates of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency to become leaders in cancer rehabilitation through extensive training.  The program is sponsored by the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson). The Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship is an academically oriented, comprehensive program that has trained fellows since 2007. The program has articulated educational objectives, a strong and thorough core curriculum, abundant teaching service patients, and excellent faculty supervision.

About the Program

The Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship Program is a one year multi-disciplinary fellowship training opportunity for those holding a M.D. or D.O. and are interested in the rehabilitation of cancer patients. Specific skills are developed in addressing functional needs of cancer patients in variety of setting including inpatient rehabilitation, consultation-based services and in an outpatient setting.  Trainees learn to anticipate medical and functional trajectories based on the cancer diagnose(s) and optimize functional status at any particular stage.  Communication strategies with other disciplines including various oncologists are emphasized so as to not only optimize the functional status but to possibly allow for additional treatment(s), which may not be possible with a lower functional status.  

Outpatient rotations allow for Electrodiagnostic studies, use of botulin toxin for spasticity and ultrasound guided injections for musculoskeletal pain.  Fellows receive training in symptom management, prehabilitation and cancer survivorship issues, including reintegration into society. Formal rotations are scheduled with Palliative Care, Chronic Pain Management and Psychiatry. In addition, there are opportunities in clinics such as Head/Neck, Fatigue, Integrative Medicine, Body Image, Pelvic Pain Psychology, Orthopedics and Pediatrics.  Close observation of lymphedema program in outpatient therapy and addressing unique wound/ostomy needs of cancer patients is possible.  

The fellowship program offers many significant formal and informal education opportunities.  The curriculum includes mandatory weekly lectures for all MD Anderson fellows; weekly departmental grand rounds; Chairman’s rounds, and Palliative Care and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation journal clubs.  In addition, there are significant informal didactics held throughout the month.

While the emphasis is primarily clinical, a report of a research project, submitted research or clinical journal manuscript or preprint is required from MD Anderson.  Specific assistance including mentorship and dedicated time can be available for research purposes. Trainees will have significant opportunities in cancer related education at the departmental and institutional levels.

Application Requirements

Program applicants must hold a M.D. or D.O. degree. Residency training from an accredited Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is required.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet one of the following educational qualifications.

  • Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada who have received a currently valid certificate from the Educational
  • Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment.
  • Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
  • Applicants must also meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment.
  • Each attempted step of the USMLE or COMLEX must be passes by the third attempt, or
  • Applicants must hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine issued by the Texas Medical Board.Stipends

Stipends are commensurate with the applicant’s experience and previous training.

How to Apply

Apply to this program using the DISCOVER online application system (https://www2.mdanderson.org/sapp/discover/)

Required documentation:

  • Completed Full Time GME Appointment Application (On-line application)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of good standing from current clinical training program
  • 3 letters of recommendation (Uploaded and Originals)
  • Statement of Intent
  • USMLE/COMLEX scores
  • Unofficial transcript of highest degree
  • Certificate of completion for U.S. Program
  • Diploma of Highest Degree

After initial screening, if accepted, the following documents will be required:

  • Official medical school transcript
  • Certificates from ALL completed internship, residency, or fellowship training programs
  • Letter of good standing from current program director (Uploaded and Original)
  • USMLE/COMLEX exam transcript (score reports are not acceptable)
  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • Translations of documents not in English, if applicable
  • Credential evaluation for foreign medical school transcript(s), if applicable
  • Photo

Requested originals should be sent to:

Michele Martini
Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship Program
Department of Palliative Care, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 1414
Houston, TX 77030-4009

Please direct inquiries concerning the Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship to: mmmartini@mdanderson.org