The Neuro-Oncology fellowship program is designed to train academic Neuro-Oncologists and physician scientists across a range of medical subspecialties to be specialized in both clinical practice and/or research in Neuro-Oncology. It is a single, integrated clinical research fellowship training program in Neuro-Oncology between the Neuro-Oncology Branch (NOB), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine Department of Oncology. The joint program is the NCI/JHU Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Training Program.
Trainees may participate in the program for one to three years, depending on the goals of the individual candidate. In order to train candidates that are at varied levels of clinical training and research backgrounds, two fellowship tracks are offered through the NCI/JHU Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Training Program.
- Research Track: Fellows participating in the two-year Research Track will participate in research projects that include development, data analysis, and manuscript preparation of clinical trial work conducted by the NOB. They will be required to initiate at least one thoughtful investigative question that may be turned into an independent study using the wealth of patient data available from the clinic population. They will also prepare at least one study for submission to a national scientific meeting and as a manuscript for publication in a peer reviewed journal. Fellows in the Research Track will be required to complete the Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR), Writing Cancer Grant Applications (WCGA), and Statistical Analysis of Research Data (SARD) courses offered by the NIH Clinical Center and Center for Cancer Research (CCR). The goal by the end of their two-year term is to be able to complete an application for a peer reviewed funding mechanism aimed towards supporting a career as an independent investigator in Neuro-Oncology.
- United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) Track: This is a three-year track, including two years of clinical or translational research in Neuro-Oncology and one year of clinical training to complete the UCNS curriculum. This track is open to board-eligible or board-certified Neurologists who are interested in acquiring subspecialty expertise in the clinical practice of Neuro-Oncology translational research. This track has limited slots available.