Student Programs

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) sponsors student programs to foster the development of future physicians and scientists. We encourage students from diverse backgrounds to consider careers in oncology.

Student Seminar Series

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The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) sponsors student seminars and lectures about cancer and related topics. Students at all levels (high school, college, medical school, graduate school, and post-baccalaureate) are welcome to attend one or more of these talks. We aim to share the expertise of MSK faculty with students in the NYC area, communicate the excitement of cancer research, and create a learning community for students and staff at MSK. Contact ofd@mskcc.org for more information.

Summer Clinical Oncology Research Experience (SCORE) Program

The SCORE Program is designed to encourage undergraduate women to consider careers in cancer research. In this 8-week  summer honors program, each student is matched with a mentor and pursues a clinical or laboratory-based research project at MSK. Students recieve group and individual training in research methods, human subjects protection, resume building, interview skills, scientific presentations, public speaking, and writing. Each student presents her research at MSK and submits her work for presentation at a national meeting.

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate women students at City College of New York (CCNY) and Hunter College. Freshmen are encouraged to apply!

Enhanced Clinical Oncology Research Experience (ENCORE) Program

The Enhanced Clinical Oncology Research Experience (ENCORE) Program is an advanced research program designed to encourage undergraduate women to consider careers in cancer research. ENCORE students are matched with a mentor at MSK to pursue clinical or laboratory-based research. The Research may be conducted during the 8-week summer session or may take place during the academic year (fall and/or spring), as determined in conjunction with the research mentor. ENCORE students participating during the summer help to mentor the SCORE students.

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate women students at CCNY or Hunter College who have completed the SCORE Program.​

Clinical Oncology Open Learning (COOL) Scholars Program

The Clinical Oncology Open Learning (COOL) Scholars Program is a special 6-week summer internship designed to encourage undergraduate women to consider careers as cancer physicians. The internship takes place at one of MSK’s regional network sites in New Jersey (MSK Basking Ridge or MSK Monmouth), Long Island (MSK Commack, MSK Hauppauge, or MSK Rockville Centre), or Westchester (MSK Westchester). The student experience includes clinical learning, participation in multidisciplinary conferences, and 1-on-1 teaching with MSK physicians and staff. The COOL Scholars Program provides a focused introduction to caring for individuals with cancer. Program specifics and eligibility vary by site.

Eligibility:

COOL Scholars, Basking Ridge: Open to undergraduate women at Rutgers University.

COOL Scholars, Long Island sites (Commack, Hauppauge, Rockville Centre): Open to undergraduate women at Stony Brook University
COOL Scholars, Monmouth: Open to undergraduate women at Monmouth College

COOL Scholars, Westchester: Open to female medical students at New York Medical College

The Advanced Practice Provider Program (AP3) 

The Advanced Practice Providers Program (APs) is a special 4-week summer internship designed to introduce undergraduate women to the day-to-day work of advanced practice providers at a cancer center, including Registered Nurse (RN), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Physician Assistants (PA), and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (cRNA).

Eligibility: Open to undergraduate women at Hunter College.

Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program

The Office of Faculty Development participates in MSK’s NIH-sponsored Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program. The fellowship is an eight-week research program for medical students interested in becoming physician-scientists in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.

Along with providing additional support for women, the OFD offers educational sessions for medical students on topics including curriculum vitae building, scientific writing and presentation, work-life balance, generational differences in the workplace, and stress reduction. The OFD director serves on the advisory boards of the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program at Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University, and the Sloan Kettering Institute.