Physician Scientist Oncology Training Program

Training Program Objectives

To provide support and training for physicians so as to produce successful, highly-qualified, physician-scientists who are committed to an academic career in patient-related, translational, lab-based oncology research.

Training Program Overview 

The UT Southwestern Physician Scientist Oncology Training Program (NCI-funded T32) is a campus-wide program that provides physicians early in their careers with the opportunity and protected time for lab-based training and investigation in oncology at UTSW.

This is a 2–3 year program for fellows or residents which provides them with the opportunity to train in the research laboratories at one of the country’s leading academic medical centers with extraordinary resources and infrastructure support. Trainees will be provided highly individualized mentorship and up to 3 years of stipend support.

The Physician Scientist Oncology Training Program consists of a formal didactic curriculum, and the development and conduct of a lab-based oncology research question by the trainee under the direction of a primary mentor who participates in one of five major Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center programs. In addition, these physician trainees will choose a secondary clinically based mentor with an interest in disease specific clinical research, who will serve as a resource faculty. Together, the primary and secondary mentor will ensure that the trainee develops the skills necessary to succeed in a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of clinically relevant cancer questions.


Preference will be given to M.D.s who are planning on an academic career as physician scientist. Trainees will be drawn from national and UT Southwestern training programs, and will include clinical trainees (e.g. residents or fellows) interested in cancer. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible.

Training Plan 

Trainees will be expected to design and conduct a hypothesis-driven, basic or translational research project based in the laboratory.  They will also be expected to participate in formal didactic courses, and Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center seminars, meetings, and lectures, as well as monthly Disease Orientated Team meetings. Clinical activities will be limited to ½ day/week. A ½ day/week in the operating room will also be allowed for surgical trainees. Trainees will meet regularly with their primary lab mentor, clinical research mentor, the Program Directors, and Steering Committee. However, the curriculum will be flexible and will be designed around a trainee’s individual needs.

Application Process

Please submit to AnnMarie Fillmore the following:

  • CV or NIH Biosketch
  • Narrative describing your interest in the program, your research training and career plans, and proposed mentor (2 page max.) 
  • Letter of recommendation from the proposed mentor (if known) or current training program director (1 page max.)

UT Southwestern Medical Center is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.