Training Overview

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 prevention and control.

Trainees receive the following training during the fellowship period:

Interdisciplinary Research Experience

  • Exposure to cancer prevention and control issues from a multidisciplinary, translational perspective through coursework, clinical experience and research.
  • Participation in a multidisciplinary research team.
  • Non-MD trainees have the opportunity to collaborate with a clinician to become more familiar with the clinical diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.
  • Intensive participation in at least one mentored research project.
  • Hands-on experience with data analysis, focusing on statistical techniques suited to cancer prevention and control.

Ethics and Human Subjects Considerations

  • Completion of certification in the ethical conduct of research in human subjects
  • Instruction on how human subject considerations and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines affect study designs, consent forms and institutional review board (IRB) considerations.
  • Preparation of an IRB submission and study consent form.

 Grant Writing

  • Completion of a grant writing course during the first or second year of training that includes:
    • Preparation of a grant proposal.
    • Participation in a mock NIH grant proposal review
    • Revision and submission of the proposal based on reviewer feedback.
  •  Institutional pilot funds that can be completed during the training period are available.
  • CTSI short courses and assistance in grant writing.

Publications and Presentation

  • Collaboration with mentors on peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  • Submission of first-authored publications.
  • Participation in national conferences as an attendee and presenter.

Post Doc in Cancer Survivorship Research Conferences

Photo: Former postdoc, Dr. Chandylen Nightingale, PhD, MPH, presents her research at ASPO, Current postdoc, Dr. Shan Wong, PhD, presents her research at ASPO

Potential Courses

The specific nature of a trainee’s research experience will vary per his or her background, research interests and career goals. The purpose of this program is to give trainees experience in components essential to the success of a clinical researcher. Get a summary of the trainee core activities and optional individualized training experiences that a trainee may choose.