Willet F. Whitmore Memorial Scholars Program for Residents

The Urology Service sponsors a program of intense training in urologic oncology for urology residents currently enrolled in approved training programs. Clinical scholars spend up to three months on the clinical urology service under the guidance of a faculty mentor, working as a member of a team with urologic oncology fellows. Research scholars spend a year with a translational research scientist in clinical outcomes research, molecular and clinical pathology, genomics, immunotherapy, cancer biology, or related fields.

Program Description

Clinical scholars are integrated as full members of the clinical team, involved with all aspects of inpatient and outpatient care. Scholars attend outpatient clinics, and assist with surgical procedures and the perioperative care of patients. Working as members of a multidisciplinary team that includes medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, scholars learn the modern management of urologic cancers. Resident participation in surgery varies with the level of experience of the resident and the complexity of the surgical procedure.

Research scholars are integrated into one of the Center’s translational research programs focusing on genitourinary cancers. Scholars select their laboratory assignment and research project in colloaboration with the mentor and the Whitmore Scholars Committee. The scholar is expected to design, complete, and publish a major research project by the end of residency.

All Whitmore scholars participate in weekly didactic and multidisciplinary educational conferences and grand rounds, as well as specialty conferences at the Center on related scientific subjects. Scholars should present their research at regional and national meetings and submit their results for publication. Regular meetings with the assigned mentor will help assure maximal academic productivity during the scholar’s experience. Both the scholar and the mentor will produce a written evaluation at the completion of the experience.


Each clinical scholar is provided with a stipend for travel expenses to and from New York City, a furnished apartment adjacent to the hospital, access to the academic support facilities of the Urology Service (medical editors, biostatistics, data management and computer information systems), and funding for travel to appropriate meetings to present scientific results. The parent training program normally provides basic stipends and health insurance coverage for clinical scholars while they are at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Research scholars are provided with full salary and benefits as well as housing.


Applicants must be residents from accredited urology training program’s. Written approval from the residency program director is required. Clinical rotations are best suited for residents during their secondor third year of urology training. Research scholarships are open to residents at any level of training before completion.

How to Apply

Requests for applications or additional information about the program should be directed to:

The Office of Education and Training
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, New York 10065