The various training programs outlined in the chart are offered by OICO at Roswell Park. Similar training programs can be offered in medical specialties other than oncology in collaboration between Roswell Park-OICO and other U.S. medical centers/hospitals. Candidates, who will be trained in non-oncology specialties, will be enrolled into these U.S. centers through Roswell Park-OICO. The training program in these non-Roswell Park centers will depend on the ability of these centers to issue the appropriate types of training visa.

Eight (8) available educational training options

Clinical “Hands-on” Training

Hands-on oncology training is available for experienced specialist physicians who want to gain advanced clinical experience in the fields of surgical, radiation or medical oncology. The qualified medical specialists must be licensed to practice medicine in their own country. The accepted medical specialists will receive medical instructions and be supervised by a licensed Roswell Park physician for a period not to exceed six (6) months. Accepted medical specialists must enter into a written employment agreement with OICO. This training program has a flexible start date and requires an employment based visa (H-1B), which is sponsored and processed by OICO.

Clinical Attendant "Hands-on" Training

This hands-on oncology training is available for physicians who want to gain clinical experience in the fields of surgical, radiation or medical oncology. The qualified physicians must be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and licensed to practice medicine in New York State. The accepted physicians will receive medical instructions, participate in clinical duties and be supervised by a licensed Roswell Park physician. Accepted physicians must enter into a written employment agreement with OICO. This program is offered for twelve (12) months and has a flexible start date. An employment based visa (H-1B) is required and will be processed by OICO.

Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship

This accredited fellowship provides medical specialists with a comprehensive, three-year training experience that will enable them to acquire the knowledge, skills, clinical judgment and professionalism essential for the attainment of expertise in this subspecialty. The fellowship requires 36 months of hands-on clinical training with an intensive research component. Fellows successfully completing the program are eligible for board certification in both subspecialties of Medical Oncology and Hematology. Eligible candidates must be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), have completed three years prior training in ACGME accredited programs, and be eligible for New York State medical licensure. Interested candidates shall submit an on-line application to OICO. The program has a start date in July of each year and requires a J-1 clinical visa issued by ECFMG.

Oncology Fellowship Training

This training offers a comprehensive medical and clinical oncology fellowship experience that will enable medical specialists, under the direct supervision and responsibility of a Roswell Park licensed physician, to acquire the knowledge, skills and clinical judgment essential for medical practice. This is a two (2) year medical oncology fellowship program. One year is collaborative research training and the other is hands-on training in medical oncology, urologic oncology or surgical oncology. The qualified medical specialists must be licensed to practice medicine in their home country, have completed residency training, and be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). In addition, medical specialists must obtain a New York State limited license. The training has a flexible start date and requires a J-1 clinical visa sponsored by OICO and issued by ECFMG.

Preparation for Medical Residency Training

This training program offers the opportunity to advance the medical credentials of physicians who are preparing to apply for the United States medical residency match program. Although Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center does not guarantee residency acceptance, the training experience at Roswell Park will enhance physicians’ curriculum vitae, which may provide a better chance of obtaining acceptance into a U.S. residency program. This training provides an observational clinical oncology experience and hands-on translational cancer research skills. The training will develop and enhance the ability of the physicians to design and perform a clinical cancer research project, which may lead to a submission for publication in peer-reviewed US journals. This training program is offered for one (1) to two (2) years depending on the training request. This training program requires the trainee to obtain a J-1 research visa, which is processed by OICO.

Post-Doctorate Oncology Research Fellowship

This training offers a great opportunity for physicians to practice medical skills in an environment that fits their qualifications and provides clinical and translational oncology and collaborative research experience. The training permits observational clinical oncology training and allows working independently in a medical oncology research laboratory under the mentorship and direction of an established Roswell Park principal investigator. Accepted physicians will be assigned and perform a translational oncology research project to investigate and generate data, which may lead to a submission for publication in peer reviewed journals. The training has a flexible start date and requires a J-1 research visa sponsored by OICO.

Clinical Electives

Clinical Electives Training Program (CETP)

CETP is designed for third and fourth year medical students that seek oncology research observational clinical experience in the United States. The goal of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to develop and enhance their clinical (no hands-on) skills and knowledge. Students will train in various subspecialties, have an opportunity to network, obtain letters of recommendation and gain a general sense of a U.S. hospital functioning environment. This is a four (4) to eight (8) week program, which requires English language proficiency and has a flexible start date.

Biomedical Research and Clinical Elective (BRCE)

BRCE is designed for fifth and sixth year medical students that seek oncology translational biomedical research and clinical (no hands-on) observational experience in the United States. The goal of this program is to provide students with laboratory research skills combined with clinical knowledge. Students will be trained in various subspecialties and have an opportunity to network, obtain letters of recommendation and gain a general sense of a U.S. hospital environment. This is an eight (8) to sixteen (16) week program which requires English language proficiency and has a flexible start date.

Two (2) available educational training options

Perspective in Oncology Nursing

This one (1) year certificate training program is administered by OICO in collaboration with the Department of Nursing at Daemen College in Amherst, New York. The program consists of two (2) phases. Each phase offers didactic courses and clinical hands-on practice. Didactic courses are held at Daemen College while the clinical hands-on oncology practice is performed at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The qualified nurses should be registered and licensed to practice nursing in home country. This training program requires the trainee to obtain an F-1 student visa, which is processed by Daemen College.

Master of Science in Nursing Education

Oncology nurses, who successfully completed the Perspective in Oncology nursing certificate program, have the option to enroll in a degree-issuing training. In addition, this two (2) year training program is available to new oncology nurses as well. The qualified nurses should be registered and licensed to practice nursing in home country. Didactic courses are held at Daemen College. The clinical hands-on oncology practice is performed at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. OICO supervises the training administratively and provides help with the daily operational needs of the program in collaboration with Daemen College. This degree training program requires the trainee to obtain an F-1 student visa, which is processed by Daemen College.

Two (2) available training options

Master of Science

This Master of Science program is a nationally accredited degree, which is offered in collaboration with Roswell Park graduate division and Dental School at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). The training program is designed to provide qualified dentists with the fundamental oncology knowledge, multidisciplinary oncology sciences and research experience with emphasis on dental oncology. This two (2) year program includes graduate and dental elective courses in addition to a research project in the field of dental oncology.

This degree training program requires the trainee to obtain an F-1 student visa, which will be processed by the University at Buffalo.

Post-Doctorate Oncology Research Fellowship

This training is available for dentists to practice medical skills in an environment that fits their qualifications and provides clinical and translational oncology research experience. The training permits working under the mentorship and direction of a licensed Roswell Park dentist. Trainees will be assigned and perform an oncology translational research project to investigate and generate data, which may lead to a submission for publication in peer reviewed journals. The training has a flexible start date and requires a J-1 visa sponsored by OICO.

This training program is available to allied health care professionals and medical staff.

The program offers training in multiple disciplines including data management, decision support, finance, infection control, pharmacy, public relations etc. The length of the training depends on the home institute and candidates’ requests and ranges from three (3) months to two (2) years. These training programs require the trainee to obtain a J-1 visa, which is processed by OICO.

These training programs require the trainee to obtain a J-1 visa, which is processed by OICO.

Data Management training

This six (6) month training program is designed to provide knowledge of data management in the U.S. health care system. Accepted candidates will shadow Roswell Park employees, be assigned multiple tasks, and complete a project that utilizes data collected by the candidate during the training modules. The training modules include finance and business intelligence, internal audit, organizational performance improvement, managed care, patient documentation and billing, information technology systems, joint commission strategy, nursing management and measures, decision support tools, and clinical operations.

Pharmacy Training

The training program provides visiting clinical pharmacists with the opportunity to conduct collaborative oncology research relevant to preparation of oncology medication and gain skills necessary to maintain efficiency in the work flow of an oncology pharmacy. In addition, the training program includes understanding the management of pharmacy personnel, management of formulary and non-formulary anticancer agents, understanding the role of electronic medical research and electronic medication administration record. This obeservership program is twelve (12) months of training divided into 4-6 week blocks of pharmacy collaborative oncology research, elective and management related to the following areas: bone marrow transplant, hematology/oncology: leukemia and lymphoma, gynecologic oncology, breast cancer, lung cancer, GI malignancies, GU/soft tissue medicine, and investigational drug services.

Public Relations Training

This is a three (3) month training program. The accepted trainees will learn “best practices” in the field of health care public relations, focusing on internal and external communications, media relations, social media use and application, and special events. Through a hands-on mentorship program, trainees will learn how to effectively engage and influence stakeholders, build strong working relationships, create high-quality communications, organize successful special events, and thrive in a complex, fast-paced work environment with shifting priorities and demands.

Two (2) available educational training options

Degree Issuing Training

This nationally accredited program focuses on oncology education and is offered by the Roswell Park graduate division in partnership with State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY at Buffalo).

The oncology education program offers two (2) degree issuing training options:

Master Degree (MS)

Candidates are accepted into a nationally accredited program. The program is for two (2) years, which includes academic courses and a research project. Candidates can select from multiple subspecialty oncology training programs (e.g. epidemiology, pharmacology, immunology, molecular pathology, bioinformatics, etc.) The relevant research and coursework would be conducted at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center under the direct supervision of a Roswell Park faculty member.

Doctorate Degree (PhD)

Candidates for the PhD program are enrolled into a nationally accredited program. Candidates can select from multiple subspecialty oncology training disciplines: Cancer Pathology and Prevention, Cellular and Molecular Biology (Genetics), Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and Molecular Pharmacology & Cancer Therapeutics. The relevant research and coursework would be conducted at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center under the direct supervision of a Roswell Park faculty member. The training program is for five (5) years.

These degree options require the trainee to obtain an F-1 student visa, which is processed by the University at Buffalo.

Certificate of Training

This option is for graduate students enrolled in a doctorate or a master degree program at their home university/hospital. This option provides the student with oncology research experience at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Accepted students will perform an oncology research project at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center under the supervision of a Roswell Park research mentor. Graduation will be carried out at the home institute/hospital of the student. The official degree will be issued by the home institution/hospital. This training program ranges from six (6) months up to one (1) year and requires the trainee to obtain a J-1 visa, which is processed by OICO.

This training program is available to allied health care professionals and medical staff. It provides candidates with the appropriate training to fully operate a functional scientific oncology core facility at their home institution or hospital. The training will be provided at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center under the supervision of a core director and appropriate Roswell Park staff. The training is offered in various core facilities such as Bioanalytics, Metabolomics & Pharmacokinetics Shared Resource; Clinical Data Network Shared Resource; Data Bank and BioRepository Shared Resource; Flow and Image Cytometry Shared Resource; Genomics Shared Resource; Pathology Network Shared Resource; Hematologic Procurement, etc.

This training program requires the trainee to obtain a J-1 visa, which is processed by OICO

Two (2) available educational training options

Post-Doctorate Oncology Research Fellowship

This training is for medical physicians (MD), dentists (DDS) and doctorates of philosophy (PhD). The research fellowship training program offers a great opportunity to practice medical oncology skills in an environment that fits candidates’ qualifications and provides clinical, translational and collaborative oncology research experience. The training permits working semi-independently in an oncology research laboratory under the mentorship and direction of an established Roswell Park principal investigator. Trainees will be assigned and perform a translational oncology research project to investigate and generate data, which may lead to a submission for publication in peer reviewed journals. The training has a flexible start date and requires a J-1 visa sponsored by OICO.

Laboratory Oncology Research Training

This training program is designed to meet the oncology research training needs of health centers and their trainees. It is exclusively related to laboratory oncology research projects performed at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Candidates will be supervised by a designated Roswell Park staff identified by OICO. This training program is offered for one (1) to three (3) years, which depends on the training request. The areas of training are cancer genetics, pharmacology and therapeutics, immunology, pathology, cancer prevention, epidemiology and other requested areas of translational oncology research training. Candidates interested in this training program must obtain a J-1 visa, which is processed by OICO.

Research Electives

Biomedical Research Elective Program (BREP)

This training program is designed for first and second year medical students that seek oncology basic science and translational research experience in the United States. The goal of this program is to provide medical students with an opportunity to develop biomedical laboratory basic research skills and knowledge. This is a six (6) to twelve (12) week program, which requires English language proficiency and has a flexible start date.

Biomedical Research and Clinical Elective (BRCE)

This training program is designed for fifth and sixth year medical students that seek oncology translational biomedical research and clinical (no hands-on) observational experience in the United States. The goal of this program is to provide students with laboratory research skills combined with clinical knowledge. Students will be trained in various subspecialties and have an opportunity to network, obtain letters of recommendation and gain a general sense of a U.S. hospital environment. This is an eight (8) to sixteen (16) week program which requires English language proficiency and has a flexible start date.

Two (2) available educational training options

Short-Term Clinical Hands-on Training

This training program offers up to six (6) months of hands-on clinical practice in radiation oncology under the supervision of a licensed Roswell Park physician. The eligible radiation oncologists must be a licensed and practicing physician in their home country. The accepted radiation oncologist will receive medical instructions and be supervised by a licensed Roswell Park physician for a period not to exceed six (6) months and must enter into a written employment agreement with OICO. This training program has a flexible start date and requires an employment based visa (H-1B), which is sponsored and processed by OICO.

Long-Term Clinical Hands-on Training

This training program offers up to four (4) years of hands-on training in radiation oncology. The eligible medical oncologist must be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and have completed a clinical year of non-radiation oncology training in general medicine. The training program will prepare the medical oncologist to be Board eligible at the completion of the fourth year of the radiation oncology training program. During the training, the radiation medical oncologist will be appointed as Assistant Professor at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center on an employment based visa (H-1B), which is processed by OICO.

The training is available at U.S. Centers other than Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Physicians, who will be trained in non-oncology specialties, will be enrolled into these U.S. centers through OICO. The training programs in other centers will depend on the ability of these centers to issue the appropriate types of training visa. Types and duration of training will be determined by the type of visa. The same visa and training regulations, as described above, will apply to these types of training.

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Office of International Collaborations in Oncology
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263
U.S.A.

Email: OICO@RoswellPark.org

Telephone: 716-845-4949

Rami G. Azrak, MD
Director of International Collaborations
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Research Associate Professor
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263
U.S.A.