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Graduate Medical Education (GME): Medical Oncology

Fellowship Program Director: James Gulley, MD, PhD

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) offers an intensive 2- or 3-year Clinical Fellowship in Medical Oncology or combined Medical Oncology/Hematology. This training program includes clinical care of patients with a broad spectrum of neoplastic diseases, mentoring by world renowned medical oncologists and principal investigators, and options for participating in clinical or lab-based research. Fellows will train at the NIH Clinical Center, Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Washington Hospital Center. Trainees acquire experience in treating a wide variety of cancers, dealing with the entire spectrum of complications and therapy, and develop a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of complex cases. In addition, fellows learn the strategies and regulations involved in conducting clinical research in medical oncology, bench-to-bedside research, and clinical trials design and management.

Candidates must have a MD or DO degree from an accredited medical school. Each applicant must have successfully completed postgraduate training in an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency program at the time of their appointment as a fellow. This program accepts residents participating in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Research Pathway whereby 4 years of fellowship follow 2 years of residency training.

Program Structure
Fellows participate in the care of patients enrolled in clinical research trials and perform the initial screening of new patients accepted for evaluation. Clinics are organized by disease, and fellows generally attend clinic 4 days a week. Fellows rotate in 11 four to five week blocks between the NIH Clinical Center, Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Washington Hospital Center. Each block is devoted to treatment of one or a group of specific diseases and provides experience in standard of care and clinical research trials and methodology. Lectures, teaching rounds, journal clubs, and conferences relevant to clinical oncology and cancer research are offered throughout the program. These are supplemented by additional, required didactic activities during the fellowship.

Clinical fellows will work with research mentors selected during their first year of fellowship and focus on developing clinical, translational, or basic research projects. Numerous opportunities are available for these collaborations at NIH and past fellows have pursued paths in a wide range of research topics. During this period, there is also a one-half day per week clinic continuity obligation, didactic activities, and continued development of clinical independence with supervision. In addition, one block is spent serving as the NIH Clinical Center’s oncology consultant, under the supervision of a senior attending physician.

Additional Information
Learn more about the Clinical Fellowship in Medical Oncology/Hematology:

Application Information
This fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Fellows are eligible to sit for the ABIM certifying exam in medical oncology after 2 years; fellows interested in the combined medical oncology/hematology program are eligible to sit for both exams after 3 years.

Application Deadline: Application packets are due by September 30th in ERAS.

Candidates are selected through the National Residency Matching Program and applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

This page last reviewed on 05/10/2016

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