Medical students do nine weeks of clinical oncology research in a wide variety of medical fields involving chart review, record screening and examination and data collection and entry. Participants may attend clinics, observe procedures, perform computer research data processing and analysis, MR image analysis and radiation therapy treatment planning. The primary goal of this summer program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research either as a laboratory-based scientist or physician scientist.
Subsistence Allowance and Housing
Undergraduate participants in our program will receive a $400/week subsistence allowance, and all others will receive $480/week. Group housing close to our campus will be available at no cost for POE students coming from outside the Memphis metropolitan area to participate in the program. We do not provide paid family housing. Travel expenses are the participant’s responsibility.
Duration of Training
The minimum time requirement for our program is 10 weeks at St. Jude for those currently in medical school and 11 weeks for all others. The student’s daily schedule will depend on the research area in which they are working, but the student is expected to work full-time. Applicants for our 2019 program must start on either Monday, May 13; Monday, May 20; Tuesday, May 28; or Monday, June 3, 2019. If you could not start on one of these dates (May 13, May 20, May 28, or June 3, 2019), you are not eligible for our 2019 program and should not apply.
Trainees MUST be a United States citizen, non-citizen national, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. A student visa is not sufficient. Most POE students are highly qualified undergraduate or graduate students preparing for careers in medicine or biomedical sciences. A few are attending or have been accepted into graduate, medical, pharmacy, or nursing school. POE applicants MUST have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.40/4.00 in math and science (biology, chemistry, physics) AND at least a 3.40 overall. Medical, pharmacy, and graduate students must also meet the undergraduate GPA requirements. Applicants must have research experience and be in at least their sophomore of college year when they apply. At least one letter of recommendation must be from a research mentor. Medical student applicants must be attending a US medical school. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these requirements.
Applications for our 2019 program will open October 1, 2018. The deadline for receipt of all 2019 application materials will be February 1, 2019. Students should submit their application without waiting for their recommenders to submit letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to get all their credentials in by mid-late December, so that they can be considered for early placement. Those applying after January 1 run a high risk of not having all their credentials submitted by the deadline.
For further information visit http://www.stjude.org/poe.
For the online application visit: https://www.applyweb.com/stjudepo/index.ftl
Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD
Director, Pediatric Oncology Education Program
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Mail Stop 304
Memphis, TN 38105-3678