The Fellowships in Surgical Oncology Research and Cancer Immunotherapy at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) encompass two time-honored programs combining bench-side research in surgical oncology with training in clinical research through direct patient care. The unique environment of the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) allows for direct bedside-to-bench and bench-to-bedside translational research under the direction of world leaders in surgical oncology.
The two-year Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship includes 18 months of bench laboratory experience in one of the many NCI laboratories and 6 months of clinical rotations over three surgical oncology subspecialties. Clinical research opportunities are available over the entire two-year period. Additional optional research years may be available.
The three-year Fellowship in Cancer Immunotherapy incorporates an additional year of clinical experience in the management of patients undergoing cell-based cancer immunotherapy developed in the Surgery Branch of the NCI. Basic science experience is dedicated to work in one of the multiple immunotherapy laboratories within the NCI and participation in this fellowship is complemented by additional didactic opportunities in cancer immunotherapy.
These fellowship programs are open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Qualifications and Job Details
Required and Preferred Skills
Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited General Surgery residency program in the U.S. Current PGY-2 or PGY-3 surgery residents are eligible to apply.
About the NCI Center for Cancer Research
The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses just outside of Washington, D.C. CCR is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and makes up the largest component of the research effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of complete intellectual freedom, CCR scientists are able to pursue the most important and challenging problems in cancer research. We collaborate with academic and commercial partners and advocacy groups across the world in efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and HIV/AIDS. The CCR research portfolio covers the full spectrum of biological and biomedical research. Our work ranges from basic to translational and clinical, and our clinical trials are conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research that offers a robust infrastructure to support CCR’s patients on an estimated 250 open studies. The success of CCR is grounded in an exceptionally strong discovery research program that provides the foundation for the seamless translation of insights from bench to bedside. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.
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