Established in 1999, the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is home to the nation’s first and largest program in integrative oncology. Integrative oncology is a “patient-centered, evidence-informed field of cancer care that utilizes mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions alongside conventional cancer treatments.” Its goals are to “optimize health, quality of life, and clinical outcomes across the cancer care continuum and to empower people to prevent cancer and become active participants before, during, and beyond cancer treatment” (Witt et al. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr, 2017). We are offering a one-year clinical research fellowship to individuals who are board-eligible or board-certified in internal medicine or family medicine and have a strong career interest in integrative oncology.
Each year, we provide hundreds of integrative oncology consultations to patients and survivors of all cancer types and stages. We draw from the latest science to provide evidence-based recommendations on nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, dietary supplements, and other complementary therapies. In addition to consultations, we offer a wide range of complementary therapies, including acupuncture, massage therapy, dance and music therapies, and mindfulness-based interventions. When safe and appropriate, we also prescribe quality-tested herbs and supplements through our herbal pharmacy program, the first of its kind at an academic cancer center. Interactive fitness and mind-body classes are available online to patients and their families through our Integrative Medicine @ Home program, which currently has over 500 active members. We continue to implement novel care delivery models and partner with community organizations to improve access to integrative therapies among underserved patient populations. Through our training program, fellows will become equipped with a versatile toolkit of complementary therapies and lifestyle modification strategies to improve clinical outcomes in cancer populations.
Our clinical services are complemented by a highly productive research program. Our researchers have a long and successful track record of securing grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Department of Defense. We have conducted clinical trials on acupuncture, massage, music therapy, yoga, and mindfulness-based interventions, including several studies that are currently active and ongoing. The findings from our studies have helped inform clinical guidelines from leading cancer organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in research to help advance the evidence base of this growing field.
In addition to clinical and research responsibilities, fellows will have the opportunity to contribute to various educational initiatives. Each year, over a dozen medical students, interns, and residents rotate through our service to learn about integrative oncology. We also precept interns from acupuncture and music therapy training programs. Our award-winning About Herbs website provides comprehensive, up-to-date, and evidence-based information about herbs, supplements, and complementary therapies for the public, generating over two million hits per year from 200 countries around the world. We offer several online courses on oncology acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbal formulas, and integrative oncology.
Through these clinical, research, and educational opportunities, fellows will graduate with a rigorous foundation in integrative oncology.
Applications for a July 1, 2024 start date will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Length of Program
Applicants must have successfully completed internal medicine or family medicine residency
training at an ACGME-approved program that will lead to board-certification or board-eligibility
Applicants must also demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing integrative medicine.
Number of Positions
How to Apply
The following application documents are required:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Minimum of three letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation must be from the applicant’s current program director.
- Personal statement describing career goals and interest in integrative oncology (500 words or less)
Please note: Only completed applications including all supporting documentation will be
To apply, please email all documents to: [email protected]