Summer Fellowship Program

Summer medical student, Kerry-Ann Pinard presenting poster

Summer medical student, Kerry-Ann Pinard (left) is presenting her poster, “A descriptive study of drainage gastrostomy tube placement in patients with malignant small bowel obstruction,” to fellow summer students Adriana Rodriguez (center) and Ashley Nieves Archibald (right).

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program is a research program for first- and second-year students at US medical schools who are interested in careers as physician-scientists in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.

The application for the 2022 Medical Student Fellowship Program is now closed. All applicants will be notified of a decision by email during the week of January 31, 2022.

Funded since 1977 by the National Cancer Institute, this program grants students the opportunity to conduct basic laboratory or clinical research under the mentorship of MSK faculty. Additional support is provided by MSK’s Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training. Students in the program will:

  • Gain clinical or laboratory research experience under the mentorship of MSK faculty
  • Interact with MSK physicians, PhD investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students
  • Participate in a weekly lecture series presented by world-renowned MSK faculty
  • Attend additional institutional lectures, departmental conferences, and lab meetings
  • Present their summer research to program peers and MSK faculty during the final week of the program
Areas of Research and Past Summer Medical Student Research Projects  

Summer research projects reflect a broad-based perspective on the entire research cycle from discovery to development to delivery of care. Project areas include laboratory bench research, clinical research, biostatistics and epidemiology among others.

  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in outcomes after Esophagectomy are eliminated with treatment at a High-Volume Center 
  • Development of a targeted iron oxide nanoparticle for drug delivery 
  • Management of cancer pain in patients with opioid use disorders 
  • Evaluating Cancer Worry in the Skin Cancer Population 
  • Assessing MET D1228N mutation as a mechanism of acquired resistance to cabozantinib in a ROS-fusion positive patient 
  • Optimizing the Reporting of Post-Operative Complications for Patients Undergoing Primary Debulking Surgery for Advanced Stage Ovarian Cancer 
  • Anti-PD-1 therapy for advanced melanoma: long-term outcomes and responses to retreatment 
  • Expression and purification of the putative RNase R homolog of Thermus thermophilus for purification of circRNAs 
  • SiRNA transfection knocks down SIRPa gene in ex-vivo and in-vitro models 
  • Racial differences in cancer care experiences; a systematic review of qualitative studies 
  • Assessment of Lung Tumor Delineation Using 4DMRI and 4DCT 
  • Dose Differences in the Presence of Segmentation Spatial Uncertainty 
  • Improved Metrics in Anesthesia Procedures after Monthly Report Cards
  • Primary Ovarian Insufficiency in Survivors of Childhood Cancer
  • Spatial Analysis of Tumor Associated Immune Cells Identifies Candidate Populations for Rational PD-L1 and ICOS Immunotherapy in Pancreatic
Stipend & Housing

Participants receive a stipend for the ten-week duration of the program. MSK does not provide housing to participants. A list of housing resources will be provided to accepted students. All housing and transportation expenses are the participant’s responsibility.