Research Training

Following the first year of clinical training, fellows may devote the next two or more years to basic or clinical research. Most fellows are included as part of an institutional NIH training grant. This provides an outstanding opportunity for fellows to train with faculty not only within the Section of Hematology/Oncology but also in other Departments within the University.

Interdisciplinary research and clinical training programs has been a hallmark of The University of Chicago for many years.  Within the Biological Science Division (BSD), unique interdepartmental committees are responsible for training in a variety of disciplines related to cancer, including Cancer Biology, Cell Physiology, Immunology, Genetics, Geriatric and Clinical Pharmacology. Within this context, many members of the section of hematology/oncology are involved in one or more interdisciplinary training programs, many of which are supported by NIH training grants.

Joint Opportunities

There is opportunity for joint training in medical oncology/clinical pharmacology, resulting in eligibility for clinical pharmacology.

Clinical Therapeutics in Oncology

The joint training program in Clinical Therapeutics in Oncology is a unique fellowship that combines comprehensive training in oncology and clinical pharmacology and pharmacogenomics.  Fellows not only fulfill the requirements for board certification in hematology/oncology, but also for American Board of Clinical Pharmacology accreditation as well.  A primary feature of this program is protected, mentored time for independent research that would lead the trainee to becoming an independent academic investigator in any of the broad disciplines related to cancer pharmacology.  Candidates with specific interest in cancer drug development, personalized therapeutics, systems pharmacology and pharmacometrics, pharmaco-economics, or pharmacogenomics should consider applying to the joint program.  For additional details on the training program and application information, click here.


The selection of outpatient and inpatient clinical sites offered through The University of Chicago, Department of Medicine, exposes fellows to a diverse patient population not usually found in academic medical centers.
Each fellow in the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program completes 12 months of intensive clinical training. The program offers an invaluable opportunity to learn about elder patient care in a variety of settings. Clinical experiences include three longitudinal clinics in our two outpatient facilities; Outpatient Senior Health Center at South Shore and Windermere Senior Health Care Center, in which fellows have the opportunity to follow their own panel of geriatric patients under the supervision of a Geriatrician preceptor. Fellows collaborate with a Geriatrics Social Workers and Advance Practice Nurses and other sub-specialty physicians. In addition, fellows spend time on the Inpatient General Medicine Service under the direction of a geriatrics attending. Fellows also participate in consultations in conjunction with the geriatrics attending on the other medical and surgical services in the hospital. For more information about the Fellowship Training Program in Geriatric Oncology, click here .

Departmental units involved in our oncology research training activities:

  • Members of the adult section of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine
  • Members of The University of Chicago Cancer Research Center who are clinicians or scientists from other basic science departments or committees involved in oncology-related research
  • Faculty from the Department of Health Studies
  • Faculty from the Maclean Center for Ethics Research
  • Faculty from the Harris School of Public Policy
  • Faculty from the School of Social Science Administration

The curriculum in medical oncology/geriatrics integrates training in both disciplines. In general, geriatric oncology fellows will pursue a program that is predominantly geriatrics in the first year, including inpatient, outpatient and long-term care experiences, but also with oncology continuity clinics. In the second year, geriatric oncology fellows typically will shift to a more traditional oncology program while maintaining an outpatient geriatric oncology (Survivor Clinic) continuity panel. The research interests of the trainee will be considered for flexible programming.

Training Requirements

During the research training experience, fellows are expected to retain at least one continuity clinic for ongoing contact with outpatients. The rest of the time is protected for research activities.

Fellows are also required to author at least one manuscript per year of research training for publication in a research journal. Manuscripts should be concerned with the laboratory or clinical research in which the fellow has participated.