To achieve knowledge of a variety of areas within the field of cancer prevention and control, each applicant to the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) must develop a tailored educational curriculum that incorporates both the core content areas, the specific skills and knowledge needed for the individual’s training experience. The following are a list of mandatory seminars and courses for the trainee's fellowship, unless otherwise noted.
The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program offers two courses, one required course per year, during the Spring academic semester. Each CPRTP trainee must enroll in one course during the spring semesters in which they are appointed as CPRTP fellows. Thus, fellows who spend two years in the program will take one semester of Topics and one semester or Bio-Behavioral. These courses are offered through the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and are cross-listed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. Summer Research Experience students are not required to enroll in these courses.
1. Bio-Behavioral Research Methods of Cancer Prevention and Addiction (Offered every even-numbered year of the Spring semester)
2. Topics in Cancer Prevention (Offered every odd-numbered year of the Spring semester)
- Thursdays, 12-2 p.m.
- Location: See syllabus
- Credit Hours: 2.0
- Grading System: Pass/Fail
- E-mail CPRTP for approval, form signature not required
- Course fees for CPRTP trainees (only) will be covered by the CPRTP
- Prerequisite: None
- Coordinators: Drs. Shine Chang, Carrie Cameron and Melinda Yates
To highlight the work of leaders in cancer prevention and control, the Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds (CPCGR) seminar series was formed in 2005. The purpose of the Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds is to inform the scientific and clinical faculty, trainees and staff at MD Anderson of emerging areas of research, new methods used in the field, and recent findings that inform the work conducted here. Presentations take place at various locations throughout MD Anderson on Fridays, from 12 to 1 p.m. Attendance is open to everyone at MD Anderson, as well as outside guests. Attendees should arrive at the desk by 11:45 a.m. to have their id badge scanned to receive CME credit. Complimentary snacks are provided for the first 40 guests. For all CPRTP trainees, CPCGR and trainee lunch attendance is mandatory per the fellowship requirements.
The CPRTP typically hosts lunch with invited speakers of the Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds. Students and trainees will have the opportunity to interact with eminent cancer prevention and control researchers from around the world, in an intimate and informal environment. In addition, trainees may volunteer to serve as facilitator for the event. While the event is open to all, a complimentary lunch is available for the first 25 trainees to arrive. All DCPPS trainees are invited to trainee lunches via email, however other MD Anderson may be added to the CPCGR trainee lunch listserv by sending an email to the organizer.The trainee lunch date, time and location will be provided via email. High school interns, undergraduate, graduate, research interns, health professional students, as well as predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows within MD Anderson are welcome to attend. Lunches are typically not provided when CPCGR speakers are internal to MD Anderson.
Trainees of the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program will achieve several presentation objectives during their fellowship:
- Trainees acquire a repertoire of 5 speaking skills appropriate to the various professional occasions they will encounter
- Trainees obtain exposure to one another, to colleagues outside their departments, and to research from various disciplines in cancer prevention
- Trainee have the opportunity to include an invited talk on CV
- Trainees acquire job talk experience including feedback
- Robust attendance at events is stimulated
- Trainees will be encouraged to register their 10-minute research presentations for the Trainee Research Day or GSBS Research Day, and to compete in the MD Anderson Cancer Center or the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Scientific Elevator Speech competition.
Presentation Events: CPRTP Symposia (3 per year) and Trainee Job Talks
- The Fall CPRTP Symposium of approximately 90 minutes will include Scientific Elevator Speeches from newly appointed fellows and 10-minute research debriefing talks from mid-term fellows. Trainees also have the option of presenting any recent posters they may have.
- The Spring CPRTP Symposium of approximately 90 minutes includes 10-minute research presentations from mid-term fellows and trainee participation on a discussion panel.
- The Summer CPRTP Research Exposition includes summer students’ posters and elevator speeches.
- Winter: Senior trainees creating job talks will deliver them to departmental seminars organized jointly by the CPRTP and the trainee’s department and will be scheduled during the winter in anticipation of the academic interviewing season.
CPRTP summer students will present a 90-second elevator speech about their research, as well as formally present a poster during the annual Summer Trainee Exposition held during the final week of the MD Anderson Summer Experience in August. This event is open to the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences faculty and staff and is divided into two parts: 1) Elevator Speeches and 2) Poster Session & Reception.
An elevator speech is 90-second summary which quickly describes the trainee, their project and research experience. The idea is to summarize the research experience during the course of an elevator ride. Having a prepared elevator speech will help the trainee present themselves credibly and effectively in many situations.
The poster presentation and reception occurs immediately following the elevator speeches and allows students to present a scientific poster about their summer research project in cancer prevention. The trainees' mentors, research team, family and friends are encouraged to attend. Complimentary food and beverages are provided during the reception.
This is an optional meeting group. Early career researchers, including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, who are working on grant and manuscript applications are welcomed to join this interactive writers’ working group. The facilitated sessions provide multi-disciplinary feedback on presented drafts and ideas and participants share strategies for efficient writing. Come for good ideas, encouragement and support, every other Tuesday at 4 p.m. To sign up and receive meeting locations, contact Dr. Shine Chang.
This is an optional meeting group. The Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Discussion Group is an informal book club and discussion group open to all MD Anderson trainees. The Discussion Group meets every other Monday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the CPRTP conference room located in the Dan Duncan Building, 7th Floor, Room CPB 7.3555. While the group is primarily designed to assist speakers of languages other than English to practice advanced-level English and gain insights into US research/academic and social culture, the group is open to all. Examples of books discussed include “Intuition” by Allegra Goodman and “The Emperor of All Maladies” by Siddhartha Mukherjee. You may join at any time, and it is not necessary to have read the material in advance. Contact Dr. Carrie Cameron for details.