T32 Training Program in Surgical Oncology Research

T32 Training Program in Surgical Oncology Research

The Department of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine has established a T32 Training Program in Surgical Oncology Research that is funded by the National Cancer Institute. The program supports surgical residents who will conduct two years of full-time research in basic, translational, or clinical (e.g. health services research, disparities, and clinical trials) research focusing on cancer-related topics. The trainee will work directly with an NIH-funded mentor of their choosing at the University of Pennsylvania. The program includes a robust educational component. There are multiple opportunities to obtain a Master’s degree, such as in health policy research, epidemiology, biostatistics, or translational research. A two-year commitment is mandatory.

We seek candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense. The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

There are three new positions for each academic year starting July 2021.

The goal of the T32 program is to train surgeon-scientists in the scientific method in order to make meaningful contributions to cancer research during their academic career. Trainees will participate in didactics, seminars, and journal clubs and complete a course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). The T32 trainee will not have clinical responsibilities.


  • Resident in good standing in an ACGME-approved surgery training program within the United States. Typically, the resident will have completed 2-3 years of clinical, surgical training.
  • Ability to perform 2 consecutive years of full-time research.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident as per NIH stipulations.
  • The applicant may not have already received >1 year of support from another T32 or an individual NIH award.

How To Apply:

Please send the following:

  1. Cover Letter- The letter should include career objectives, prior research experience, area of interest within cancer research,training goals for the T32 fellowship including whether you have interest in obtaining an advanced degree, proposed mentor (if decided) from the list of existing mentors above. You may propose a mentor at Penn not currently involved in the T32 program.
  2. Updated CV
  3. Letters of recommendation- Solicit a letter of recommendation from the Department Chair and the Residency Program Director regarding your career potential and the ability to commit to 2 years of research at Penn. It is acceptable to submit separate letters or a single letter signed by both.

Applications should be submitted as a SINGLE PDF file to:

Aly Trainor ([email protected])

Contact Information:

Please contact Ronald P. DeMatteo MD, Chair of Surgery, at [email protected]

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    Sep 25, 2020

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