Clinical Chemistry Fellowship

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is a worldwide leader in cancer treatment and diagnosis.  The Department of Laboratory Medicine provides diagnostic testing for all patients seen at MSKCC, and includes clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, point of care, cell therapy, flow cytometry, cellular immunology, and transfusion medicine. MSKCC maintains laboratories in the main campus, as well as multiple regional sites located in New Jersey, Westchester County, Long Island and several outpatient sites in Manhattan that collect specimens and perform a limited number of tests on site.  The Clinical Chemistry service performs testing in all areas including routine chemistry, critical care testing, cardiac markers, tumor markers, toxicology screening, protein immunology, immunochemistry, mass spectrometry, and point of care testing.

The goal of the two year MSKCC Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program is to prepare fellows to function as a laboratory director of a high complexity laboratory in a clinical, academic, or industrial environment.  Fellows are expected to take the qualifying examinations administered by the ABCC upon completion of their fellowship.

The curriculum consists of two phases.  Phase 1 consists of a 12 month series of rotations through clinical chemistry laboratories in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at MSKCC, the New York Poison Control Center,  and Columbia University Medical Center. The duration of the rotations are between 1-4 weeks.  Fellows may also be assigned short term development or quality projects during this time.  Formal instruction in certain topics will be provided via lectures and didactic sessions.  In Phase 2, fellows complete a translational research project. Fellows assume increasing responsibility in the laboratories where emphasis will be on projects as well as answering calls from the medical staff. Fellows will also serve as acting laboratory directors during their second year and assume responsibility for laboratory and patient issues under the supervision of an attending director.

Availability

July, 2017

Deadline

December 15, 2016

Length of Program

2 years

Eligibility

Applicants must have earned a PhD, MD, or DO (or equivalent) from an accredited university.  Applicants should have successfully completed 30 semester hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry or biochemistry at an accredited institution.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to have gained exposure to a clinical laboratory and to have taken courses in human anatomy, physiology, and/or pathophysiology prior to application.   

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a personal statement describing their interest in clinical chemistry and their future goals, along with a current CV.  Applications without a personal statement will not be accepted.  All applications should be sent via e-mail to labchemfellowship@mskcc.org.  Applications are only accepted in alternating years.  Fellowships at MSKCC have a start date of July.  Select candidates will be requested to submit supplementary application materials.  

Program director

Kazunori Murata
Katie Thoren

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