University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Education and Training

For Medical Students and Residents

Clinical Fellowships

  • The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is a three-year program that provides advanced clinical and laboratory training leading to American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) board eligibility in hematology and medical oncology. Learn more about the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program.
  • The Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program is a two-year program with an optional third year for research. Candidates must have completed an approved general surgery residency and be board eligible or board-certified. Learn more about the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program.
  • The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology-approved Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology is a three-year program providing advanced clinical and research training including exposure to NIH-funded trials. Learn more the Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology.
  • The Breast Surgery Section of the Division of Surgical Oncology offers a one-year Breast Cancer Surgical Fellowship designed to provide in-depth multidisciplinary training in the diagnostic evaluation, surgical management, and adjuvant care of breast cancer patients, in addition to the management of patients with benign breast disorders. Learn more about the Breast Cancer Surgical Fellowship.
  • The University of Pittsburgh, Department of Otolaryngology offers fellowship training in Advanced Oncologic Head and Neck Surgery as a one to two-year commitment. This fellowship program is designed to prepare an individual for an academic career in oncologic head and neck surgery. Learn more about the Advanced Oncologic Head and Neck Surgery fellowship.
  • The Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is a three-year program emphasizing both clinical and research training. Upon completion of the fellowship, it is expected that the fellow will be equipped to pass all certifying exams required for sub-board certification and to pursue an academic career in pediatric hematology/oncology. Learn more about the Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
  • The Fellowship in Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SRS/SBRT) is a 12-month program (optional 24 months) that integrates patient-centered clinical oncology with the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research. Learn more about the SRS/SBRT Fellowship.
  • The Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility addresses all aspects of The American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ABOG) requirements for subspecialty training. Particular emphasis is placed on surgical training spanning from pediatric to adult patients. Learn more about the Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.

Radiation Oncology Residency Program

The Radiation Oncology Residency Program at the University of Pittsburgh comprises the UPMC Medical Education Program in Radiation Oncology, a 4-year training program (PGY 2-5). This program is ranked as one of the top programs in the country for radiation oncology research. Learn more about the Radiation Oncology Residency Program.

Medical Physics Residency Program

The Medical Physics Residency Program of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and UPMC CancerCenter provides training in therapeutic radiological physics. The objective of this 2-year training program is to prepare the graduate to be a qualified medical physicist with board certification in the specialty of Therapeutic Radiological Physics offered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). Learn more about the Medical Physics Residence Program.

Oncology Interest Group

This group brings together medical students with an interest in oncology. The student-run group organizes regular lunch seminars given by senior oncologists, as a forum to discuss and understand unique challenges and research opportunities in oncology subspecialties. Please contact Siwei Zhou or Brian Nolan for further information.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Fellowship

The Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research, offered by the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), provides a stipend and partial tuition support for 1 year of multidisciplinary clinical and translational research. The program is open to MD/PhD students who have completed at least 2 years of medical school, as well as medical students who have completed at least 3 years of medical school and want to spend 1 year (between the third and fourth year of medical school) conducting mentored clinical or translational research. (CSTP students and Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow applicants are eligible to apply.)

Learn more about the CTSI Fellowship Program.

Grand Rounds

The Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology / Oncology weekly Grand Rounds is held every Wednesday from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Ronald B. Herberman Conference Center auditorium, 2nd floor, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, 5150 Centre Avenue, adjoining the UPMC Shadyside Medical Building. Reminders are posted on the Calendar of Events. Meetings are open to physicians, physician's assistants, and nurses who are interested in cancer research. Different types of cancers are discussed each week. Occasionally, special seminars, held in the same location as Grand Rounds, are hosted by the Hematology / Oncology Division.

Click here for a list of upcoming Grand Rounds topics.

Seminars and Journal Clubs

View the UPCI Calendar of Events for a schedule of upcoming cancer-related seminars, tumor boards, and journal clubs, including (among others):

  • The weekly UPCI Basic and Translational Research Seminar Series is one of the largest and most well attended at the University of Pittsburgh. Seminars typically attract audiences of well over one hundred students, post-docs, faculty and clinicians, as well as attendees from outside UPCI or UPMC. Both internal and external speakers are invited to present to highlight key developments in basic and translational cancer research areas (coordinator: Gina Toy-Cutter).
  • Various departments within the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences offer cancer-related seminars, such as the Pharmacology & Chemical Biology weekly seminar series (coordinator: Melanie McClain).
  • Clinical oncology programs hold regular Tumor Board Meetings to present and discuss patient cases. Specific groups include head and neck, lung and esophageal, urologic, colon and gastrointestinal, breast, ovarian and gynecologic cancers, as well as leukemia and lymphoma, melanoma, and neuro-oncology.
  • Many programs and centers such as the Immunology Program (coordinator: Rosemary Hoffman) and Women's Cancer Research Center (coordinator: Dr. Ryan Hartmaier) organize regular journal clubs in which papers with seminal importance for cancer research are discussed in a stimulating environment. Other journal clubs are organized around a specific topic of interest, such as the DNA Repair Journal Club, which focuses on current topics in DNA repair as it relates to human disease, DNA damage processing, genome stability, telomere biology, cancer and aging (coordinator: Dr. Robert Sobol).
  • The weekly Hematology/Oncology Writing Group meeting serves as a forum for all UPCI investigators to have draft manuscripts, abstracts, grants, and letters of intent reviewed by impartial investigators prior to submission (coordinator: Darren Gilmartin).

Useful Links

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Academic Career Development for the Health Sciences offers a wealth of information for scientists at different points in their career paths, including medical students and residents and clinical fellows.

Training Grants

The table below lists current UPCI Training Grants that support medical residents and fellows.

PI Funding Agency Project Title
Whitcomb, DavidNIH/NIDDK Digestive Diseases Training Program
Bartlett, David NCI Postdoctoral Research Training in Biotherapy of Cancer
Ferris, Robert NCI Postdoctoral Research Training in Head and Neck Oncology
Grandis, Jennifer NIH Research Training in Otolaryngology