Clinical Training

Seven (7) available educational training options:

A. 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 RPCI physician for a period not to exceed six (6) months. Accepted medical specialists must enter into a written employment agreement with RPCI-OICO. This training program has a flexible start date and requires an employment based visa (H-1B), which is sponsored and processed by RPCI-OICO.

B. 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 RPCI physician. Accepted physicians must enter into a written employment agreement with RPCI-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 RPCI-OICO.

C. 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 RPCI 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 RPCI-OICO and issued by ECFMG.

D. 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 RPCI does not guarantee residency acceptance, the training experience at RPCI 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 RPCI-OICO.

E. 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 RPCI 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 RPCI-OICO.

F. Clinical Electives
F-1. The 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.

F-2. 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.