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This four-week elective rotation is for PA students interested in a career in cancer care. Rotations are available in various specialties including medical, surgical and radiation oncology, as well as other disciplines involved in the care of cancer patients.
Students will be mentored by clinical PAs, nurse practitioners and/or physicians. Students will experience firsthand the care given to patients by multidisciplinary, interprofessional cancer care teams.
MD Anderson has affiliation agreements with nearly 70 PA schools across the United States. Students from these programs are invited to apply. Once a student is accepted into the program, an active affiliation agreement must be on file with MD Anderson. Please check with our office to determine if your PA program is affiliated with MD Anderson. If an agreement needs to be initiated or renewed, the process takes up to 120 days.
It is highly recommended that PA students plan their elective rotation during the later period of their clinical training. At a minimum, students must have 16 weeks of clinical rotations, including four weeks in medicine and four weeks in surgery rotations before participating in an elective at MD Anderson.
Applications are accepted quarterly and students are selected based on the competitiveness of their application and preceptor availability. For specific details regarding the application process, please review the following documents:
- Student Elective Rotation Descriptions (pdf)
- Please note: The Pediatrics and Critical Care (ICU) rotations have very limited placements.
- Student Elective Rotation Application Process (pdf)
We are currently accepting applications for rotations in September-November 2019. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019, and students will be notified of their acceptance status around March 1, 2019. Please contact the Office of PA Education at email@example.com to begin the application process or if you have any questions.
Upcoming rotation dates and application deadlines:
|Rotation Time Frame||Application Period Begins||Application Due Date|
|September-November 2019||November 1, 2018||February 1, 2019|
|December 2019-February 2020||February 1, 2019||May 1, 2019|
|March-May 2020||May 1, 2019||August 1, 2019|
|June-August 2020||August 1, 2019||November 1, 2019|
The following are helpful resources once students are accepted into the program that may answer common questions before and during a clinical rotation at MD Anderson:
Todd Pickard, MMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Director of Physician Assistant Practice
Chris Lopez, MBA
Office of Physician Assistant Education
PO Box 301402
Houston, TX 77230-1402
Mendelsohn Faculty Center, 12th Floor
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 418
Houston Texas 77030