Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship

The Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for graduates of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency. The program is sponsored by the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship is an academically oriented 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

This is a one year multidisciplinary fellowship training opportunity for individuals interested in the rehabilitation of cancer patients. Specific skills are developed in assessment and management of impairments, disabilities and handicaps with such patients. Exposure is provided to various cancer survivorship issues. Trainees undergo additional rotations in Palliative Care, Pain Management and Psychiatry (including issues of sexual dysfunction). Opportunities to observe patients in Head/Neck and Fatigue clinic, patients undergoing lymphedema management, bowel management (specific for cancer patients), and wound ostomy approaches for cancer patients. In addition, some exposure to complementary and integrative medicine in the cancer setting is also possible. Although emphasis is primarily clinical, a report of a research project, submitted research or clinical journal manuscript or preprint is required of each fellow before a certificate from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is issued. 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 MD or DO degree. Residency training in 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 must be passed by the third attempt, or
  • Applicants must hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine issued by the Texas Medical Board.


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

How to Apply

Apply to this program using the DISCOVER online application system.

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 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 are 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 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:

Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship Program
Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation 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: