Medical Student Clinical Research Fellowship


The Department of Radiation Oncology 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, Assistant Attending Radiation Oncologist specializing in breast cancer and metastatic disease, and an Attending Member of the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes. Projects involve implementation science, quality and safety, health services, healthcare policy, and educational research (through, 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 on-going initiatives. Leadership opportunities include managing content for eContour’s strategic partnerships such as the clinical pathways vendor Via Oncology 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 the Department of Radiation Oncology.


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. One to two research fellows will be chosen per year.

Funding (FY 2021)

The stipend is approximately $600/week or $31,200 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 Program Coordinator Melissa Dawson (

  • 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

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified soon thereafter for a videoconference interview, and decisions will be provided no later than March 1, 2021.

For general questions about the program, please contact 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.