The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center offers rotation programs for residents/fellows and medical students.

Resident/Fellow Rotations

We offer clinical rotation programs for U.S. residents and fellows who are interested in participating in elective rotations at MD Anderson to receive specialized training applicable to their home residency or fellowship program.  These specialty and subspecialty rotations provide exceptional learning experiences with the commitment to the investigation and treatment of cancer, thereby preparing physicians to be leaders in their chosen specialty.

With more than 79,000 patients admitted yearly, our clinical rotation programs are held to the educational standards of the ACGME by the Graduate Medical Education Committee and approved by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals requesting an MD Anderson clinical rotation must hold an MD, DO, DDS, or DMD degree or its foreign equivalent validated by a certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and be currently enrolled in an ACGME training program. Participation in any elective rotation will be allowed on a space-available basis. Rotations must have final approval from the host department program director.

Health Clearance.  Visiting residents/fellows must submit documentation of immunization or positive antibody titer for Chickenpox (Varicella) and an annual Tuberculin skin test taken within the previous twelve months of rotation start date.

License/Training Permit.   A valid Texas PIT Permit or license is required for participation. Visiting residents/fellows from outside the state of Texas must apply for a permit though the Texas Medical Board. 

 Malpractice Insurance.   Proof of professional medical liability with coverage amounts of no less than $100,000/claim and $300,000/aggregate must be submitted with the application. No medical malpractice insurance will be provided by MD Anderson.


Applying for a Rotation

Eligible applicants should contact host department for availability.  Once rotation dates have been approved by host department program director, applicant will receive instructions for applying though the MD Anderson Discover system.  Application and required documents should be received no less than three months prior to start date.  Applicants from outside the state of Texas must begin the application process at least six months in advance.

The following individuals are NOT eligible for clinical rotations:

• Physicians who are not currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited GME program
• Individuals who have not yet graduated from medical school
• Individuals who are unable to obtain a PIT permit or license to practice medicine as approved by the Texas  
  Medical Board.


Medical Student Rotations

Third and fourth year medical students enrolled at Texas Medical Center affiliate medical schools (University of Texas Medical School-Houston, UTMB-Galveston, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M College of Medicine are currently eligible for clinical and research rotations at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Students must receive the approval of the medical school dean, program director, or academic official and an MD Anderson faculty host.  The office of Trainee and Alumni Affairs should be notified of the rotation at least 3-4 weeks in advance.

Students enrolled at all other U.S. medical schools (not listed above) may apply for elective clinical rotations at MD Anderson, based on availability, as a “visiting student” through the University of Texas Medical School-Houston.  Restrictions and fees apply. Visiting students should contact Jamie Munsinger in the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs for additional information regarding the application process at or by telephone at 713-500-5167.

Information for visiting medical students