Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship

The Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for graduates of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) 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.  Our fellowship program is limited to those holding a M.D. or D.O. degree who have completed residency training from an accredited PM&R program in the United States or Canada.   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. degree; completed a PM&R residency; 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, 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 Cancer Rehabilitation fellowship program offers many significant formal and informal education opportunities.  The curriculum includes mandatory weekly lectures for all MD Anderson fellows; departmental grand rounds; Chairman’s rounds, and Palliative Care and PM&R 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 United States or Canadian PM&R program is required.

Application Deadline

2017-2018 - Opens March 1, 2016 and closes January 31, 2017
2018-2019 - Opens March 1, 2017 and closes January 31, 2018

Applications are accepted after above-referenced close dates; however, applicants are interviewed and offered positions on a rolling basis.  This may occur early in the application cycle.  Please inquire about availability of positions.

Eligibility Criteria

Apply to this program by using the DISCOVER online application system.  Discover is a web-based application system which streamlines the selection and appointment process.  Once the application is submitted by the applicant, Discover will populate a list of required documents.

Please direct inquiries concerning the PM&R Fellowship to the Program Coordinator:

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