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. Unfortunately at this time, we cannot accept applications from students who are not enrolled in one of these PA programs. Please check with our office to determine if your PA program is affiliated with MD Anderson.
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 2018. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2018, and students will be notified of their acceptance status around March 1, 2018. Please contact the Office of PA Education at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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:
Maura Polansky, MS, MHPE, PA-C
Chris Lopez, MBA
Office of Physician Assistant Education
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