The Cancer Rehabilitation fellowship is a one-year, multi-disciplinary training opportunity for those holding a M.D. or D.O. and are interested in the rehabilitation of cancer patients. Specific skills are developed in addressing the functional needs of cancer patients in variety of settings, including inpatient rehabilitation, consultation-based services and in an outpatient setting.
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.
Formal rotations are scheduled with Palliative Care, Chronic Pain Management and Psychiatry, with opportunities in other MD Anderson clinics. Close observation of the outpatient lymphedema program and addressing the wound/ostomy needs of cancer patients also is possible.
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.
A research project report, submitted research or clinical journal manuscript or preprint is required. Specific assistance, including mentorship and dedicated time, can be available for research purposes. Trainees will have opportunities in cancer-related education at the departmental and institutional levels.
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 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 a M.D. or D.O. degree.
- Residency training from an accredited United States or Canadian Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program is required.
2017-2018 - Closed, slots are filled.
2018-2019 - Closed, no longer accepting applications.
Applicants are interviewed and offered positions on a rolling basis. This may occur early in the application cycle. Please inquire about 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 current clinical training program
- Three letters of recommendation (uploaded and originals)
- Statement of intent
- USMLE/COMLEX scores
- Unofficial transcript of highest degree
- Certificate of completion for U.S. Program
- Diploma of highest degree
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 current program 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
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.