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Childrens' Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases Summer Fellowship

Childrens' Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California School of Medicine will again offer summer oncology fellowships for medical students and predoctoral trainees in allied science departments from mid-May to August.

Primary emphasis is on the completion of an individual research project by the trainee. Sponsors of the summer fellows' projects include approximately forty faculty members in basic science areas and clinical departments related to oncology at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and USC School of Medicine.

This program, in its 26th year, provides an opportunity to initiate or participate in an oncology-related project designed by or for each student. Orientation in clinical oncology, including pathology, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, is included in the program. Fellowships may be for a minimum of six to a maximum of ten weeks in length. NCI grant support is available for students in the program at the rate of $200/wk (maximum ten week support = $2,000).

All students in the summer program are expected to attend and participate in three weekly conferences, which constitute a general orientation to pediatric oncology. They may attend additional conferences held in the institution, when time permits.

With the exception of the approximately three hours per week associated with the functions noted above, the effort of the fellow is devoted to the specific research or review project. In this, he/she is assisted by the faculty sponsor based at CHLA or the USC Health Sciences Campus. The research proposal, agreed upon by the fellow and his/her faculty sponsor, must be approved by the Executive Committee of the Program.

We attempt to select students with a demonstrated interest in oncology-related scientific areas. Once applicants are selected, it is desirable that the summer project be outlined in advance and that the faculty sponsor's approval be obtained prior to coming to the institution. However, it is recognized that this is not always possible and, in these instances, faculty sponsors and projects can be decided upon after the student's arrival in Los Angeles.

Further information about the program can be obtained by writing to: 

Stuart E. Siegel, M.D.

Childrens' Hospital Los Angeles, 

4650 Sunset Blvd., Mailstop 54, 

Los Angeles, CA 90027-6016 


Contact the Summer Oncology Fellowship Program Coordinator
(323) 669-2238
(323) 660-7128 (fax)

Application deadline: March 

Updated: May 17, 2007
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