Frequently Asked Questions for Medical/PA/DO Students

Applying to the research program

Students in an MD, DO, PA or Nursing BA program who are considering careers focused on combined oncology and cancer research.
Subsistence allowances are awarded to applicants based on merits of their application and meet criteria for funding source eligibility.
Subsistence allowances are $4,800 for the eight-week program in 2021. Subsistence allowances may be used to cover out-of-pocket expenses such as food, dormitory lodging (for out-of-town students) and other incidental costs.
We do not accept applications from students who are not in their first year of health professional school.
No. We require students to provide only a letter of good standing from school official. This letter can be scanned and sent as a PDF to from your school official.
All applicants must complete their online application and submit supplemental materials by January 31, 2021. See the online application portal for more instructions.

The program

The 2021 program for graduate medical students starts on Monday, June 7 and ends on Friday, July 30.
Interns will receive a formal orientation and on-boarding session. Interns will learn real world application of the scientific method while working on their assigned research project in their mentor’s laboratory. The research experience will be supported by a curriculum of learning activities. These include seminars on pertinent and cutting-edge cancer topics and professional development activities such as attendance at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center science retreat.
You will be working in a Roswell Park research department alongside professional researchers, graduate students and laboratory technicians or in a clinical setting, training with physicians and other health professionals.
Yes. There are plenty of opportunities to meet and socialize with other students. As part of the peer-mentored cross-training activities you will have the chance to interact with health professional student interns in the program. You will learn about their projects and take tours of the clinics and research departments. These opportunities begin on the first day during orientation and continue through graduation.
Sometimes academic year schedule start and end dates may fall within the scheduled summer progam dates. In these cases, students should inquiry about schedule flexibility with the Assistant Dean for Internships and Education Outreach. To do this, email your inquiry to and type in the subject line: Summer Program Schedule Flexibility. Inquiries will be handled on case-by-case basis. While participatng, all students are required to attend every day of the program and to work for a full day.
Students are required to participate in the research experience Monday through Friday for eight weeks. Schedules are eight hours per day (Monday through Friday) for a total of 40 hours per week.
No. The program is a short-term experience and students will not be allowed to take time off for vacation. In an emergency, students who need to take at most one to two days off will be required to make up that time during the program. These arrangements are not guaranteed. Any requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Yes. Dress attire requirements are meant to ensure safety in the laboratories and professionalism in the clinical setting. For research internships, the dress code is long pants (no shorts, capris, or skirts), closed toe shoes (no sandals), and long hair secured in a ponytail. For clinical internships the dress code is business attire. In addition, there are a few days where all interns will be required to wear business attire for formal presentations. This information will be provided in detail to interns accepted into the program.

Lodging, meals and transportation

Students who live further than commuting distance from Roswell Park may either find their own living accommodations or live at the dormitories on the campus of Canisius College. The dormitory is recently renovated and features 24-hour security, free Wi-Fi access and air-conditioning. A Resident Assistant (RA) will be living in the dormitory with our students. Room and board expenses are paid by the student. Learn more about dormitories at Canisius College.
The 2019 cost for an apartment ranges anywhere from $800-$1200/month. A list of apartment dwellings will be made available to students accepted into the summer program.
There is a cafeteria on the Roswell Park campus where food service is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the work week and on weekends. Also, there are a variety of restaurants and diners throughout Buffalo featuring local and worldwide cuisine. Interns are responsible for paying for their own meals.
Metro bus and subway lines are available modes of transportation. Monthly passes are available for purchase once students arrive at the campus.

Social activities

Yes. There are periodic social activities planned for both weeknights and weekends during the course of the program. These activities are meant for interns to bond with their peers and enjoy relaxation time away from their research experience. Participants will receive a program schedule that lists these activities at the start of the program.
While 2021 events have not been confirmed yet due to the COVID-19 pandemic, events in previous years have included restaurant nights, tours of Niagara Falls and Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball games.