Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program is a research program for first- and second-year students at US medical schools who are interested in careers as physician-scientists in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.
Funded since 1977 by the National Cancer Institute, this program grants students the opportunity to conduct basic laboratory or clinical research under the mentorship of MSK faculty. Additional support is provided by MSK’s Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training. Students in the program will:
- Gain clinical or laboratory research experience under the mentorship of MSK faculty
- Interact with MSK physicians, PhD investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students
- Participate in a weekly lecture series presented by world-renowned MSK faculty
- Attend additional institutional lectures, departmental conferences, and lab meetings
- Present their summer research to program peers and MSK faculty during the final week of the program
This summer program exposes students to the unique MSK scientific environment. Medical students, who are between the first and second years of school, work on research projects under the mentorship of MSK faculty members. While pursuing their research activities, students attend programs led by preeminent cancer researchers and innovators in cancer care. In this way, students gain exposure to the rigors of scientific investigation within the context of an academic cancer center, with an emphasis on precision medicine. Launched in 1977, this program has enabled over 1,400 medical students to contribute to the research enterprise of a premier academic medical center. The program aims to enhance the students’ knowledge about cancer and to stimulate research careers in this discipline.
The program includes the following:
- opportunities to work with mentors and in laboratories centrally involved in translational research
- clinical shadowing opportunities that offer exposure to clinical oncology
- didactics on oncology, research methods, and professional development
- skill-building to help medical students learn how to draw together lessons from science and practice presenting their work in ways that are relevant to a range of audiences
Our 2023 Program Application will run from June 12, 2023 until August 4, 2023.
Past Medical Student Summer Fellowship Oncology Research Projects
Summer research projects reflect a broad-based perspective on the entire research cycle from discovery to development to delivery of care. Project areas include laboratory bench research, clinical research, biostatistics, and epidemiology among others. Below are a few projects students worked on during our 2022 fellowship program. 2023 projects will be posted directly in our application.
- Health Equity in Integrative Medicine
- Translational research into mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapies in RET-rearranged NSCLC
- Radio Genomics of Breast Cancer Brain Metastasis
- Narcotic utilization of Cancer patients after Oncologic Surgeries
- Clinical and Translational Research in Thoracic Surgical Oncology – Novel Therapies in Mediastinal Tumors and Outcomes in Lung Cancer
- Risks of infertility, hypogonadism and ED in men treated with pelvic RT for locally advanced rectal cancers and anal cancers
- Financial Toxicity in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors
- Advances in the field of non-invasive imaging for mucocutaneous lesions: Integration in clinical practice