We propose to continue our program to provide research training in oncology to young surgeons interested in a career in academic surgical oncology. Trainees will be surgical residents with at least 2 years of postgraduate clinical experience. Our Surgical Oncology Research Training Program has supported the research careers of approximately 50 young trainee surgeons over the past 25 years. We are now applying for funding of years 26-30. The goals of the two-year training program are to provide individuals with an intensive research experience in (1) hypothesis formulation, (2) experimental design, (3) data analysis, and (4) oral and written presentation. The ultimate objective of the program is to teach the scientific method and laboratory techniques so that the trainees can perform high quality independent research in oncology upon completion of their surgical training. This research experience will enable trainees to apply for positions as junior faculty members in academic institutions and become independent and mentored clinical investigators and translational researchers. The program will vary according to the interest of the trainees and their preceptors. The program curriculum is designed to provide exposure to basic and translational science, as well as medical oncology, radiation oncology and clinical surgical oncology. Past trainees have worked in a wide variety of disciplines, including tumor immunology, cancer cell biology, molecular genetics, molecular pathology, targeted therapeutics, and growth and differentiation. Close contact between the trainees, preceptors and program director has been achieved. Trainees are required to attend weekly conferences and didactic lectures at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) that include the fundamentals of research, research presentations as well as topics in clinical oncology. The scientific quality of research performed by the trainees has been outstanding, and most of the fellows in the past 10 years have remained in academia. The program continues to be a major commitment of the Department of Surgery and has benefited from the recent increase in research faculty and research facilities at our institution.

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The Surgical Oncology Research Training Program has supported the research careers of approximately 50 young trainee surgeons over the past 25 years. The ultimate objective of the program is to teach the scientific method and laboratory techniques so that the trainees can perform high quality independent research in oncology upon completion of their surgical training.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Type
Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
Project #
2T32CA009501-26A1
Application #
8414293
Study Section
Subcommittee G - Education (NCI)
Program Officer
Lim, Susan E
Project Start
1984-09-01
Project End
2018-06-30
Budget Start
2013-07-01
Budget End
2014-06-30
Support Year
26
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$367,947
Indirect Cost
$27,255
Name
Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
Department
Type
DUNS #
064931884
City
New York
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
10065
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