Postdoctoral Trainees & Clinical Fellows
Postdoctoral training at Simmons Cancer Center is a collaboration among UT Southwestern’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medical School, and School of Health Professions. Simmons Cancer Center works to enhance the careers of lab-based and clinical postdoctoral trainees and fellows through research training, clinical care experience, and mentorship.
- Cancer Research Postdoctoral Recruitment Event
Simmons Cancer Center funds an annual event where students are invited to campus to network with faculty whose research interests match their own, connect with current UT Southwestern postdocs, learn about Career Development and Postdoctoral Training programs, and attend the Annual Cancer Biology Retreat.
- Mary Kay International Postdoctoral Scholars in Cancer Research
In 2019, Simmons Cancer Center became the first institution to receive the Mary Kay International Postdoctoral Scholars in Cancer Research to attract and train top international postdoctoral scholars. The two-year program provides stipend support with additional support for travel and supplies. At the time of completion, the program also provides trainees with a grant to support the establishment of their research in their home country.
Clinical Fellowship Programs
The Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center works jointly with six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Fellowship and Residency programs. Situated between six teaching hospitals and the North Texas community, our clinical trainees have the opportunity to deepen their skills in translational medicine and clinical investigation, and train among a diverse community.
The program’s goal is to provide comprehensive training in the full spectrum of adult hematology and oncology disorders. Emphasis is on engaging fellows with lectures by Simmons Cancer Center translational cancer researchers, and to provide access to basic, translational and clinical research opportunities. The program has established a research mentor pairing for each fellow based on their likely “track,” which must be decided by the end of their first nine months of fellowship. Activities have learning objectives and metrics for measuring success or areas needing improvement including mentoring expectations. All fellows are required to develop an Individual Development Plan, to be reviewed yearly. Educational and mentoring activities include engagement from Simmons Cancer Center Research Programs and leadership meeting quarterly with all fellows individually.
- Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
The Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology provides an unsurpassed opportunity for clinical fellowship training. Children's Health℠ Children’s Medical Center is the principal site for clinical training of our fellows. Directly adjacent to the UT Southwestern campus, this hospital is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s finest children’s hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. Importantly, its proximity to UT Southwestern allows clinical fellows to easily move between clinical and research training venues during their fellowship. The Division prides itself on an atmosphere that welcomes new ideas, change, and creativity for fellowship education. The overall goals and objectives for pediatric hematology/oncology fellows are to gain extensive experience in the diagnosis and ongoing care of children with cancer and hematologic disorders, and to become researchers and teachers of pediatric hematology/oncology.
- Surgical Oncology
Established in 1999, the UT Southwestern Breast Care Fellowship Program was the first pilot fellowship program to benefit from a Komen Foundation Fellowship Grant. We offer a dynamic, one-year, interdisciplinary training program that includes a four- to five-month rotation in the fellow’s area of specialty, as well as one-month rotations in other areas, including breast imaging, medical oncology, pathology, plastic surgery, radiation oncology, surgery, research, genetics, and psycho-oncology.
- Radiation Oncology
Accredited by the Texas Medical Board, the Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)/Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SAbR) Fellowship Program is a one-year training program that begins on July 1 and ends June 30. The clinical training focuses on the application of SBRT to treat malignant and benign tumors of the brain, base of skull, head and neck, lung, spine, pancreas, and pelvis with an evidence-based approach. The fellowship curriculum will address candidates’ varying needs and interests in clinical experience, process implementation, and research.
- Gynecologic Oncology
Gynecologic Oncology fellowships prepare outstanding obstetrician-gynecologists for productive careers in academic gynecologic oncology. This Program provides the clinical, instructional, and investigational foundation for such a pursuit. Training will be provided in the comprehensive screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancers of the female genital tract and their complications. This includes radical pelvic and reconstructive surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
- Urologic Oncology
The Society of Urologic Oncology-accredited fellowship in Urologic Oncology at UT Southwestern Department of Urology is designed for additional specialized training in both the clinical and research aspects of urologic oncology. The program is marked by an extremely high volume of open and minimally invasive management of prostate, bladder, testes, renal, penile, and urethral malignancies.