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Fellowships and Positions – Clinical Training Programs

All CCR residents and clinical fellows train at the 240-bed NIH Clinical Center, internationally recognized as the premier hospital dedicated to translational research and clinical care. Elective rotations offer residents and clinical fellows the opportunity to have direct experience in the care of patients enrolled in investigational protocols in the disciplines of allergy and immunology, anatomic pathology, critical care medicine/internal medicine, hematopathology, infectious diseases, medical genetics, and transfusion medicine. Participants will have first-hand exposure to the design, conduct, and management of clinical trials. 

CCR and its partners offer specialized clinical training programs in the areas listed below.  All of CCR’s programs are part of Graduate Medical Education at NIH

For each of the CCR-sponsored programs listed below, summary information is provided re: eligibility, contacts, and how to apply. To learn more about a specific program, visit the NIH link provided.


Anatomic Pathology (ACGME-accredited)

Eligibility:  Candidates must have completed an M.D. degree from an approved U.S. or Canadian medical school or must hold an E.C.F.M.G. certificate. Most successful applicants have prior research experience or a Ph.D.

Fellowship Director:  Dr. John Carl OberholtzerChief, Laboratory of Pathology
  Ph: 301.594.1884
Program Administrator: Ms. Susan Hostler
  Ph: 301.402.3990

How to Apply:  We do not participate in the National Resident Matching Program, but advise that applications be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Cytopathology (ACGME-accredited)

Eligibility:  Candidates must be licensed to practice medicine in the United States and be certified by or eligible for the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology or anatomic pathology/clinical pathology.

Fellowship Director: Dr. Armando Filie
  Ph: 301.496.6355

How to Apply: Use the NIH GME Residency and Subspecialty Training Application - Cytopathology.

Hematopathology (ACGME-accredited)

Eligibility:  Residents enrolled in ACGME-approved residency programs in anatomic and clinical pathology are eligible for elective rotations in hematopathology.

Fellowship Director: Dr. Stefania Pittaluga
  Ph: 301.402.0297
Program Administrator: Ms. Susan Hostler
  Ph: 301.402.3990

How to Apply:  This is a 1-month rotation; a program letter of agreement from the sponsoring institution, a letter of intent, and an updated curriculum vitae (CV) are required. Residents are encouraged to apply early during the preceding academic year, because only a limited number of positions are usually available. Applicants may apply directly to Dr. Stefania Pittaluga.

Eligibility:  This fellowship program is open to surgeons who have either completed their General Surgery residency or who have completed at least 2 years of surgical residency training.

Fellowship Director: Dr. Electron KebebewChief, Endocrine Oncology Branch
  Ph: 301.496.5049

How to Apply:  Use the NIH GME Residency and Subspecialty Training Application – Endocrine and Clinical Research Surgery.

Eligibility:  This program offers clinical or translational training in HIV-associated cancers. Candidates should have ACGME-accredited board certification in pediatrics or internal medicine plus relevant subspecialty training (usually, but not limited to, oncology or hematology). While this is not an absolute requirement, exceptions will be made only for candidates who have a strong academic background in relevant areas. Physicians with a strong background in laboratory research but without the above credentials may apply to individual laboratories within the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch for training in laboratory research.

Program Administrator: Ms. Erinn M. Hopkins
Fellowship Director: Dr. Robert YarchoanChief, HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch
  Ph: 301.496.0328

How to Apply: Applicants may apply directly to Dr. Robert Yarchoan,

Medical Oncology/Hematology (ACGME-accredited)

Eligibility:  Candidates must have an M.D. or D.O. degree from an accredited medical school and must have successfully completed postgraduate training in an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency program at the time of their appointment as a fellow in medical oncology. Our program accepts internal medicine residents participating in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Research Pathway, whereby 4 years of fellowship follow 2 years of residency training in internal medicine. Visit ABIM for more information.

Fellowship Director: Dr. Antonio T. Fojo, Senior Investigator, Medical Oncology Service
  Ph:   301.496.2631
Program Administrator: Ms. Janet Edds
  Ph:   301.496.4916

How to Apply:  Candidates are selected through the National Residency Matching Program and we accept applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Eligibility:  Candidates must be physicians who are either board certified or board eligible in their respective specialty of medical oncology, neurosurgery, or neurology. Candidates must hold or be able to hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States.

Program Administrator: Ms. Lilian Yang
  Ph: 301.435.3627

How to Apply:  Interested candidates should submit applications to Lilian Yang, Program Administrator. Applications should be comprised of: curriculum vitae, cover letter with statement of career and research interests/goals, and 3 letters of recommendation. Highly qualified candidates will be invited for a formal 1- to 2-day interview process.

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (ACGME-accredited)

This fellowship program is co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and the National Cancer Institute.

Eligibility:  Accepted applicants must have successfully completed training in an ACGME-certified pediatric residency or medical/pediatric program. Applicants trained in foreign countries must have an ECFMG certificate if they have not subsequently trained in an ACGME-certified pediatric program. An applicant who is not a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident must be eligible for an appropriate visa (e.g. J1 or H1B).

Fellowship Directors: Gladys Valencia NovakJohns Hopkins University
  Ph: 410.614.5055
  Dr. Kristin BairdNational Cancer Institute
  Ph:  301.496.4256
Program Administrator: Ms.Vicki RichmondNational Cancer Institute
  Ph:  301.496.4256

How to Apply:  Candidates are selected through the National Residency Matching Program and we accept applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Radiation Oncology (ACGME-accredited)

Eligibility:  Qualified candidates must have completed an internship, and preference will be shown to those candidates who have completed all or part of training in another oncologic specialty. This is a 4-year clinical training program offered by the Radiation Oncology Branch, CCR, NCI.  The program is organized in conjunction with National Capital Consortium, through Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Fellowship Director: Dr. John O'ConnellNational Capital Consortium
  Ph: 202.782.6180
Program Administrator: Ms. May Garcia
  Ph: 301.451.8964

How to Apply:  Use the NIH GME Residency and Subspecialty Training Application – Radiation Oncology.

Eligibility:  Surgeons who have either completed their surgical residency or who have completed at least 2 years of surgical residency are eligible to apply.

Fellowship Director: Dr. David SchrumpSenior Investigator, Surgery Branch
  Ph: 301.496.2128
Program Administrator: Ms. Jan Pappas
  Ph:   301.496.2127

How to Apply:  Use the NIH GME Residency and Subspecialty Training Application – Surgical Oncology

Eligibility:  This clinical rotation is open to third- and fourth-year medical students. Students interested in coming to NCI during holidays or summer vacations, or at a time when a session is not scheduled, may request special dates on their applications.

Fellowship Director: Dr. Peter Pinto
  Ph: 301.451.2297

How to Apply:  NIH Clinical Electives Program Application – Urologic Oncology

Additional Training Opportunities at NIH

NIH jointly sponsors clinical training programs with several extramural training partners, including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, and the National Capital Consortium.  In addition, NIH sponsors numerous "one-of-a- kind" translational medicine fellowship training programs within its 27 Institutes and Centers. For information on other NIH clinical training opportunities, visit Graduate Medical Education at NIH.