Medical Student Clinical Research Fellowship


Jointly with the University of Washington Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (FHCC), the Department of Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) offers a clinical research fellowship for medical students interested in dedicating 10-12 months to research. Fellowship activities will occur under the supervision of Dr. Erin Gillespie, Associate Professor and Radiation Oncologist specializing in breast cancer and metastatic disease at the University of Washington and a member of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR), and Dr. June Mao, Attending Member and Chief of the Integrative Medicine Service at MSK.

Projects involve care delivery innovation, implementation science, symptom science, quality and safety, health services, healthcare policy, and educational research, with opportunities available to conduct multidisciplinary studies with experts in biostatistics, epidemiology, and behavioral sciences. Research fellows typically design, conduct, analyze, and publish 2-3 studies during the research year, as well as participate in ongoing initiatives. Leadership opportunities include managing content and eContour’s strategic partnerships, such as the clinical pathways vendor ClinicalPath and cloud imaging solution MIM Software Inc. Research fellows will participate in didactics through the Clinical Research Methodology Curriculum ( which includes a practical course in applied statistics. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in limited clinical activities in radiation oncology, medical oncology, and/or integrative medicine.


Medical students in good standing who have completed at least one year of medical school (typically fellows are between 3rd and 4th year) and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply. Underrepresented minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The student must commit to full-time research for a minimum of 10 months. Ideally, candidates should have some clinical research experience; however, it is more important that they be motivated, hard-working, and eager to learn. Two to three research fellows will be chosen per year. Fellows will have a research base at either UW/FHCC (in Seattle) or MSK (in New York City). Working remotely may also be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

Funding (FY 2023-2024)

The stipend is approximately $700/week or $36,400 for 12 months. In addition, funds to travel to one meeting to present research may be provided.

Application Process

Please email the following materials to [email protected]:

  • 300-word personal statement describing your interest in the program and prior research experience
  • CV including medical school grades, USMLE Step scores (if available), and contact information for 2 references
  • Preference for location in Seattle (at UW/FHCC) or New York City (MSK)

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2022 but are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified soon thereafter for a videoconference interview, and decisions will be provided no later than February 1, 2023.

For general questions about the program, please contact [email protected]. You are also invited to contact current fellows whose information is available at

Disclosure: Dr. Gillespie is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for eContour.