The Post-Doctoral Training Program in Cancer Survivorship at the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center (WFBCCC) prepares trainees to become independent research investigators in the field of cancer prevention and control, with a particular focus on cancer survivorship.
The growing field of cancer survivorship research includes a broad range of areas such as:
- health-related quality of life
- lifestyle/behavior change
- symptom management
- access to treatment
- health disparities
- complementary and alternative interventions
- late effects and clinical care
This innovative, multifaceted postdoctoral program is highly tailored to the individual and provides support for 2-3 years. Each trainee is matched with at least two mentors from different specialty areas in cancer survivorship.
The program provides opportunities to work closely with senior faculty as part of multidisciplinary research teams to:
- Receive specialized didactic and experiential training in diverse areas such as oncology, epidemiology, nutrition, cancer biology, behavioral oncology and genetics.
- Publish manuscripts using existing datasets and new projects.
- Obtain hands-on experience conducting research with cancer survivors.
- Gather pilot data for future research.
- Present research findings at scientific meetings.
- Develop and submit an NIH grant proposal reviewed by a mock study section.
- Take selected courses in or complete an optional Master of Science in Clinical and Population Translational Sciences.
- Collaborate on studies using various methodologies, including clinical trials, observational studies, large databases and qualitative research.
Over the past two decades, improvements in cancer screening and treatment have resulted in a significant increase in the number of cancer survivors. In recognition of the growing numbers of cancer survivors, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) established the Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS) with the mission of enhancing the quality and length of survival of all persons diagnosed with cancer and minimizing or stabilizing adverse effects experienced during cancer survivorship.
The critical transition from active treatment to post-treatment care has been identified as a high-priority research area for both understanding the issues faced by cancer survivors and their families, as well as for delivering survivorship care. The issues involved in cancer survivorship are inherently interdisciplinary and involve knowledge of epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, clinical oncology, cancer biology, and genetics.
Our multidisciplinary training program serves to train MD- and PhD-level scientists to become independent researchers in cancer survivorship.
This postdoctoral training program focuses on critical skills necessary to become an independent researcher in cancer control with a focus on survivorship.
The training includes:
- working with faculty from a variety of clinical, basic and social science backgrounds
- personalized mentoring in research and professional development
- specialized coursework in research methods and grant writing
- participation in a variety of research seminars and journal clubs
These activities provide ample opportunities for trainees to interact with colleagues and faculty in a range of educational and research-related activities.
A core element of the training program is the opportunity to work closely with a primary mentor, as well as a mentoring committee of approximately three to five faculty members. The primary mentor and committee assist the trainee in defining and working toward his or her professional goals. Applicants are asked to state their specific interests in cancer survivorship upon applying to the program to ensure that potential mentors can be identified prior to accepting a trainee into the program.
See a list of potential mentors, including their disciplines and research interests.
Trainees will receive the following training during the fellowship period: