Program Overview

The Post Graduate Fellowship in Oncology Nursing will be from September to August of each fiscal year. The program is designed to provide the fellow with exposure to the entire spectrum of oncology care from prevention to end of life. However, the fellow will have some choices in services selected for rotation and in specialty area for clinical focus and practice.

Keeping this in mind, the fellow will schedule the program by choosing elements from the following seven units:

Unit I Clinical Rotations

A. Short rotations (one to two weeks) from the following elements: 

1. Mandatory (1-2 weeks)

  • Breast
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrine Neoplasia & Hormonal Disorders
  • Genitourinary
  • Gynecology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma/Myeloma
  • Melanoma
  • Palliative Care
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Psych/Sexuality/Substance Abuse
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Thoracic & Cardiovascular
  • Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Acute Care Services
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Neuro-Oncology/Neurosurgery

2. Elective:  Choose three services (1 week) for a total of 3 weeks.

  • Sarcoma
  • Investigational Cancer Therapeutics
  • Head and Neck
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Pain Service

B. Specialty focus: Choose two services (8 weeks each) for a total of 16 weeks.

Unit II Conferences and Rounds

During the course of the year, the fellow must attend 18-25 sessions from the following:

1. Mandatory

  • Clinical Ethics Committee
  • Palliative Care Rounds
  • Evidence Based Practice Initiative
  • Multidisciplinary Clinical Conference
  • Pain Management Conference
  • Nursing Research Forum
  • APRN general meetings (at least 6)
  • Division of Clinical Medicine Rounds
  • Advances in Oncology Institutional Grand Rounds
  • Complementary and Integrative Therapies
  • Monthly HCONS meetings
  • Cancer Prevention Center Clinical Management Conference
  • Physician Assistance Continuing Education (PACE)
  • Surgical PA Continuing Education (SPACE)
  • Texas Bus Rounds

Unit III Professional Meetings

Professional meetings must be attended (at least one monthly). Fellows may choose from the following:

  • ONS and/or community (i.e. ACS) - mandatory
  • Specialty service-based meetings
  • Patient support groups
  • National meetings
  • IRB committee meetings
  • Houston Area Nurse Practitioner meetings (HANP)
  • External APRN Conference (JADPRO-Live)

Unit IV Nursing Professional Development Cancer Care Courses

The following MD Anderson classes will be scheduled and attended during the year:

1. Two-day classes

  • ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course

2. One-day classes

  • Hematology Day 1
  • Hematology Day 2
  • Targeted Therapies
  • Oncologic Emergencies
  • Solid Tumor Day 1
  • Solid Tumor Day 2
  • Stem Cell Transplant
  • Genetics

Unit V Integrated and Support Elements

The fellow will schedule at least one day each in the following specialty departments:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Lymphadema Therapy
  • Proton Therapy
  • Symptom Management
  • Radiation Treatment Center
  • Respiratory Care
  • Place ... of wellness
  • Learning Center
  • Department of Plastic Surgery
  • Clinical Ethics Service
  • Fatigue Clinic
  • Heart Success Program
  • Rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Patient Education
  • Life after Cancer Clinic

Unit VI Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Fellows will integrate nursing research and EBP into the fellowship as follows:

  • Read research reports pertaining to the service attended and implement accordingly
  • Design and initiate an investigation of an oncology related issue
  • Author an evidence-based manuscript concerning care of the cancer patient and submit for publication

The fellow at MD Anderson will be guided through the core program by advanced practice registered nurses who will review the fellow’s progress on a regular basis. Additional advanced practice registered nurses will act as preceptors during the fellow’s chosen area of specialty.


  • 28 weeks short rotation
  • 16 weeks clinical focus
  • 4 weeks orientation/on-line training
  • National conference
  • Regularly scheduled desk time

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