Fellows will be expected to become actively involved in research in Gynecologic Oncology (including both basic science and clinical projects), with the goal of completing at least one project suitable for presentation and publication. Fellows will be required to join a basic science lab and complete a basic science research project. Following the completion of the “Fellows Bootcamp” and/or the first month of their research block, the fellow should have identified a research mentor(s), research project, submitted the necessary documents for approval, and initiated a timeline for completion. Fellows will be required to have at least monthly meetings with their study Principal Investigator. They will also participate in the “Fellowship Friday” development series. By the completion of their fellowship, it will be expected that the fellow will have one project which they will defend as their research thesis to members of the institution, division, and additional research faculty.
During their protected research time, the fellows will enroll in and complete two graduate-level courses offered by the University. The division will cover the cost of these courses. The fellow must achieve a passing grade in each course to be given credit for successful completion.
Fellows will be expected to participate in and complete at least one quality improvement project over the course of their fellowship. Submission of all/any projects for publication, posters, or presentations is highly encouraged and will be supported/fostered by the division.
During their research blocks, the fellows may participate in up to 4 hours of clinical work per week. The schedule will vary and remain adaptable based on the demands of their research project and particular timeline for each month.
The fellows research year will be completed through the Molecular Targeted Therapeutics Laboratory (MTTL) at the Wilmont Cancer Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Moore, MD, Director of the MTTL. The fellows will also work closely and be mentored by our two Medicinal Chemists, our Medical Oncologist and Immunologist, and our Molecular Biologist. The fellows will have a laboratory technologist to assist with teaching technical assays. All of our research staff have had extensive involvement with training fellows in basic science research and are dedicated to providing a supportive, educational environment. Along with the support of the MTTL researchers, our fellows will be exposed to and have access to a diverse research network through the University of Rochester and Wilmont Cancer Institute to include the Flow Cytometry Core, Genomics Research Center, the Structural Biology and Biophysics Facility, UR Center for Integrated Research Computing, Health Science Center for Computational Innovation, and the Clinical and Translational Research Institute. There is full statistical support with an in-house statistician available 5 days a week in the Wilmont Cancer Institute.