The Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship is a one-year, multi-disciplinary training opportunity for those holding an M.D. or D.O. and
Outpatient rotations allow for electrodiagnostic studies, use of botulin toxin for spasticity and ultrasound guided injections for musculoskeletal pain. Fellows receive training in symptom management, pre-habilitation and cancer survivorship issues, including reintegration into society.
The fellowship offers many formal and informal education opportunities. The curriculum includes:
- Mandatory weekly lectures for all MD Anderson fellows
- Weekly departmental grand rounds
- Chairman’s rounds
- Palliative care and physical medicine and rehabilitation journal clubs
In addition, there are significant informal didactics held throughout the month.
|3-4||Inpatient Cancer Rehab||2 months at a time; dedicated unit for cancer rehab only; a variety of solid and liquid tumor patients and post stem cell transplant (SCT); often high medical acuity|
|2||Inpatient Consults||Variety of solid and liquid tumor patients, stem cell transplant patients|
|0.5||Palliative Care including Pain Management||Outpatient Clinic, Inpatient Consults, Inpatient Palliative Care Unit, Indications to transition to Palliative Care. Patient Home Visits (Bus Rounds) to see hospice patients|
|0.5||Pain||Outpatient, focusing on indications for procedures, particularly with fluoroscopy.|
|0.5||Psychiatry||Inpatient consult and Outpatient Sexual dysfunction in cancer patients|
Orthopedics; Head & Neck; Lymphedema; Integrative Medicine; Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic; Plastic Surgery lymphedema; Pediatrics; Fatigue Clinic; Wound Ostomy; Ethics
|1||Research||Clinical trials; case reports, etc.; significant institutional support, including multiple workshops, working on Institutional Review Board approval, "Blueprint meetings" and quality improvement project|
|-||Outpatient||In addition to Outpatient rotations, longitudinal training - throughout the year - 2x/week, 1/2 day|
|-||Procedures: Botox, Ultrasound guided injections, and Electrodiagnosis||
Longitudinal - throughout the year - any day of the week as they are scheduled in outpatient clinics.
Structure of the Training Program
|Type of Institution||Comprehensive Cancer Center|
|Sources of Funding||Institutional|
|Prerequisite/Applicant Eligibility||Completion of ACGME or CAPM&R accredited PM&R program|
|Date of Inception||2007|
|PM & R Faculty||8|
|Number of fellows per year currently||2|
|Number of graduates (as of July 2019)||18|
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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 the 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 or COMLEX 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
- Program applicants must hold an M.D. or D.O. degree.
- Residency training from an accredited United States or Canadian Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program is required.
2020-2021 - Closed, no longer accepting applications.
2021-2022 - The online application is available now until October 31, 2020
Applicants are interviewed and offered positions on a rolling basis. This may occur early in the application cycle. Please inquire about the availability of positions.
Apply to this program using the DISCOVER online application system.
- Completed full-time GME appointment application
- Current curriculum vitae
- Letter of good standing from
currentclinical training program
- Three letters of recommendation (uploaded and originals)
- Statement of intent
- USMLE/COMLEX scores
- Unofficial transcript of
- Certificate of completion for U.S. program
- Diploma of
After initial screening, if accepted, the following documents will be required:
- Official medical school transcript
- Certificates from all completed internship, residency, or fellowship training programs
- Letter of good standing from
currentprogram director (uploaded and original)
- USMLE/COMLEX 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
Rajesh Yadav, M.D.
Send all application materials to:
Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship Program
Department of Palliative Care, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 1414
Houston, TX 77030-4009
MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program starting on or after July 1, 2016, please be advised that MD Anderson will have instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. If you are offered an appointment, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws. If you do not pass the urine drug screening which includes testing for tobacco compounds, you CANNOT be appointed at MD Anderson. Should you fail to meet this contingency, MD Anderson will withdraw your offer of appointment for the academic year. You may reapply for the following academic year, but there are no guarantees that you will be offered a position as many of our programs are already filled for several years out.