The Cancer Education Program will introduce thirty first and second year medical students to the fields of oncology and biomedical research through participation in an eight-week research assistantship in a comprehensive cancer center. Medical students are provided an opportunity to participate in development and conduct of basic laboratory and clinical research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Laboratory research projects concentrate on one of the following: molecular biology, cell biology, cellular biochemistry and biophysics, immunology, molecular pharmacology and therapeutics, clinical research, and cancer control and prevention. Clinical research projects focus on: diagnosis and treatment of cancer, cancer epidemiology, cancer control and prevention, psychosocial studies, supportive care and quality of life issues, cancer information outreach. The goal is to encourage future careers in oncology and research. This education program provides many of the students with their initial biomedical research experience, in an environment dedicated to research on basic mechanics of carcinogenesis with an emphasis on rapid translation of discoveries to patient care. Students gain knowledge and insights pertaining to oncology research theory and methodology early in their medical training. Student evaluations indicate that their interest in a career in medical research is increased following completion of this program. For many students, the fellowship is also their first exposure to the field of oncology. Many students begin the cancer education program with some apprehension about working with cancer patients, and exposure to the realities of clinical cancer care can change this. Although research projects focus on various aspects of cancer and different approaches to managing the disease, past students'summaries highlight their greater understanding of the importance of preventive regimes, the value of early detection, and a knowledge that many of the manifestations of the disease can be controlled. Evaluations of the program indicate upon completion that student attitudes about cancer are more positive. Through their summer experiences, many have discovered the connection that exists between bench science and its direct clinical application. Special efforts are made to recruit underrepresented minority students into this program, to promote greater diversity in medical training, research and clinical care.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Education Projects (R25)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZCA1-RTRB-L (J1))
Program Officer
Lei, Ming
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
New York
United States
Zip Code
Barzilai, Ori; Amato, Mary-Kate; McLaughlin, Lily et al. (2018) Hybrid surgery-radiosurgery therapy for metastatic epidural spinal cord compression: A prospective evaluation using patient-reported outcomes. Neurooncol Pract 5:104-113
Rogers, Emma M; Connolly, Karen L; Nehal, Kishwer S et al. (2018) Comorbidity scores associated with limited life expectancy in the very elderly with nonmelanoma skin cancer. J Am Acad Dermatol 78:1119-1124
Gollub, Marc J; Blazic, Ivana; Bates, David D B et al. (2018) Pelvic MRI after induction chemotherapy and before long-course chemoradiation therapy for rectal cancer: What are the imaging findings? Eur Radiol :
Lowery, Maeve A; Wong, Winston; Jordan, Emmet J et al. (2018) Prospective Evaluation of Germline Alterations in Patients With Exocrine Pancreatic Neoplasms. J Natl Cancer Inst 110:1067-1074
Lowery, Maeve A; Kelsen, David P; Capanu, Marinela et al. (2018) Phase II trial of veliparib in patients with previously treated BRCA-mutated pancreas ductal adenocarcinoma. Eur J Cancer 89:19-26
O'Reilly, Eileen M; Lee, Jonathan W; Lowery, Maeve A et al. (2018) Phase 1 trial evaluating cisplatin, gemcitabine, and veliparib in 2 patient cohorts: Germline BRCA mutation carriers and wild-type BRCA pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Cancer 124:1374-1382
Williams, Ryan M; Shah, Janki; Tian, Helen S et al. (2018) Selective Nanoparticle Targeting of the Renal Tubules. Hypertension 71:87-94
Barzilai, Ori; McLaughlin, Lily; Amato, Mary-Kate et al. (2018) Predictors of quality of life improvement after surgery for metastatic tumors of the spine: prospective cohort study. Spine J 18:1109-1115
Zhang, Jingjing; Markova, Svetlana; Garcia, Alejandro et al. (2018) Evaluation of automatic contour propagation in T2-weighted 4DMRI for normal-tissue motion assessment using internal organ-at-risk volume (IRV). J Appl Clin Med Phys 19:598-608
Corines, Marina J; Nougaret, Stephanie; Weiser, Martin R et al. (2018) Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent During Pelvic MRI: Contribution to Patient Management in Rectal Cancer. Dis Colon Rectum 61:193-201

Showing the most recent 10 out of 69 publications