Society of Urologic Oncology Fellowship (NCI T32)
The Urologic Oncology Fellowship at the University of Michigan is accredited by the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO). The fellowship is designed to train individuals for independent academic careers in Urologic Oncology. Incoming residents with an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. (and who have also completed five years of training with an accredited urology residency program) may be considered for this three-year program which consists of one year of clinical training complemented by 2 years of research, tailored to suit the individual needs of the applicant. Trainees will choose from 2 available tracks for the research component: 1) Translational Science Track, 2) Health Services Research Track.
The University of Michigan SUO Fellowship exists to train individuals that will reduce the burden of urologic malignancy through innovation in clinical practice, research, education, and advocacy.
The clinical segment of this Fellowship allows participants to work and learn directly with the Department of Urology's Urologic Oncology team, one of the premier programs in its field nationally with expertise in urologic surgery, radiation oncology and medical oncology.
Active programs in the health services research track include understanding current health policies using advanced quantitative methods, implementation and dissemination research, mixed methods, qualitative methods, and quality improvement. The translational program has active research in prostate cancer genetics, gene discovery, metastasis, biomarker discovery, therapeutic development, and prostate and bladder cell biology. The two-year research component is structured around a faculty mentor-supervised research project, and a required core curriculum, and is focused on:
1) Designing, implementing, analyzing, and reporting on an approved research project
2) Obtaining formal instruction regarding fundamental research methods
3) Gaining instruction on either fundamental principles of cancer biology (translational science track) or essential elements of conducting health services research (health services track).
- Trainees will choose tracks and mentors prior to entering the program (click on link below).
- Mentor selection is determined through discussions with the Program Director or co-Program Director prior to arrival — in order to seek the best fit for the trainee depending on their research interests.
- Selecting a research path (i.e., lab science vs. health services research) and mentor before beginning the training program helps to facilitate research project development and accelerate integration into the training program.
- Prior to initiating any research activity, all trainees must complete a U-M course on the responsible and ethical conduct of human research, and any other relevant research credentialing (e.g., animal research and/or hazardous substances).
How to Apply
- Be committed to an academic research career in urology
- Provide evidence of excellence in academic scholarship
- Have completed a urology residency program
- Have US citizenship or permanent residence for the NIH T32 research component
All applicants are required to submit an SUO fellowship application package which includes a curriculum vitae, a one-page personal statement outlining the career goals of the applicant, and three letters of support. Candidates that receive a favorable review will be invited for an interview, at which time official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts may be required. If a candidate is invited for an interview, an optional research proposal may also be submitted. This proposal allows us to ensure the candidate will meet with particular faculty within and outside of our department who will best provide research mentorship and support.
Application Acceptance from November 1 – February 28.
The Society of Urologic Oncology has implemented a formal Fellowship Match Program for all urologic oncology fellow candidates who desire SUO certification. To maintain SUO certification, all approved fellowship programs are required to participate in this match.
Requests for further information and applications should be directed to:
SUO Fellowship Program Director
1500 E. Medical Center Dr. SPC 5330
3875 Taubman Center
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5330 Phone 734-763-9269