Summer Experience programs include career development activities tailored to specific areas of training. Through these activities, students explore emerging topics in cancer research and patient care. Participating in academic and social events gives students an opportunity to network with colleagues, trainees and world-renowned cancer specialists.
The Summer Experience features activities available to all summer trainees at MD Anderson. The following calendar provides a sampling of activities scheduled during a typical 10-week session. Activities for 2018 programs may vary.
Summer Experience Events
- Orientation: June 6, 8-11 a.m.
- Welcome Event: June 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- GSBS Student Research Day: June 22, all day
- Poster and Elevator Speech Competition: Aug. 10, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cancer Biology Boot Camp: 9-10:30 a.m.
- June 7: Intro to Cancer Biology, Part 1 (Steven Millward, Ph.D.)
- June 8: Intro to Cancer Biology, Part 2 (Steven Millward, Ph.D.)
- June 9: Intro to Cancer Biology, Part 3 (Steven Millward, Ph.D.)
- June 12: Clinical Manifestations of Cancer (Steven Millward, Ph.D.)
- June 13: Intro to Treatment (Steven Millward, Ph.D.)
Summer Experience Lecture Series: Lecture 4-5 p.m., Reception 5-6 p.m.
- June 14: Opening with Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D.
- June 21 Synergy in Science: Training at MD Anderson (Barton)
- M.D./Ph.D. Program (Broaddus)
- Preview of Elevator Speech (Cameron)
- June 28: Cancer Biology and Cancer Development (Lozano)
- July 12: Cancer Therapeutics (Gandhi)
- Radiation Oncology Research (Fuller)
- July 19: Global Cancer Treatment and Prevention (Schmeler)
- July 26: Poster Presentation (Galko)
- Rigor and Reproducibility (Baggerly)
- Aug. 2: Immunology (Watowich)
Career Conversations: 9-10 a.m.
- June 16: Overview of Careers in a Cancer Center (Bogler)
- June 19: Ph.D. (Stafford, Pickering, Hildebrandt)
- June 26: M.D. (Shaitelman, Diaz, Chasen)
- July 10: M.D./Ph.D. (Johnson, Woodman, Tetzlaff)
- July 17: Diversity and Inclusion (Debrucha, Raghav, Yeboa, Mac Gregor, McRae)
- July 24: School of Health Professions (Hu, Gu, Baker, Pennington)
- July 31: How to Navigate the System (Safayi, Taylor)
2020 Summer Programs
The safety and well-being of our MD Anderson community during the COVID-19 pandemic remains of utmost importance. This includes our Summer Experience participants. In an effort to be proactive and proceed in a manner that reduces potential health risks, the 2020 Summer Experience Program is canceled.
MD Anderson dress code is business casual. Most thermostats in our facilities are set at 75 degrees, but temperatures may seem cooler. Consider keeping a jacket, sweater or wrap at work. Consult your mentor regarding additional dress code requirements set by the department, including casual Fridays (some departments, but not all, allow jeans on Fridays). Students who plan to attend a Grand Rounds event scheduled on a Friday are advised not to wear jeans. Typical Houston summers are hot, humid and rainy, so please plan accordingly.
- Knee-length skirts
- Casual dresses
- Collared button-down or polo-style shirts/blouses
- Jackets, blazers, sweaters, wraps
- Jeans that are torn or frayed
- T-shirts with slogans or advertising, other than MD Anderson shirts
- Tops that are low-cut or that have a bare midriff
Professional attire (appropriate for a job interview) is recommended for the Poster Session and Elevator Speech Competition.
- Men: Suit, long-sleeve dress shirt, slacks, tie or bow tie, vest, dress shoes
- Women: Dress suit or pantsuit, career dress (knee-length or below), career blouse/skirt, dress shoes or flats