University of Wisconsin Bentson Translational Research Fellowship
The Bentson Translational Research Fellowship is supported by an endowment from the Bentson Foundation to the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin. This postdoctoral fellowship program enables promising translational cancer researchers to develop the experience, record of success, model systems, and preliminary data needed to successfully launch an independent research career. Physician-scientists are key drivers of the advances in cancer research that will shape clinical care for future generations. Many radiation oncologists pursue research during residency, but often this body of work is not sufficient to successfully launch an independent research career. For these individuals, the UW Bentson Translational Research Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to pursue the additional research that is needed in order to be competitive for the limited number of physician-scientist faculty positions available across the country each year and for the grant support needed to sustain this career. While the prospect of additional training may not be the first choice of most residency graduates, the competitive guaranteed salary support for Bentson Fellows (range $110,000 - $130,000 annually for 2-3 year Fellowship) and the family-friendly, vibrant, and diverse Madison, WI community provide excellent quality of life for our Fellows. Fellows do not have a formal requirement for clinical service, but are able to engage in clinic care and develop areas of advanced clinical specialization if desired. Fellows also receive a travel/book fund to facilitate their participation in training opportunities that may include research meetings, formal coursework, and workshops.
Eligibility: Candidates must have completed their MD, or combined MD/PhD degree and will have completed an accredited Radiation Oncology residency program to apply for a position as a UW Bentson Translational Research Fellow.
The UW Bentson Translational Research Fellowship is flexible to the specific training and career development needs of our Fellows. Each Fellow, together with his or her research mentor and scholarly mentorship committee, will identify early career goals and the objectives and supplementary training need to achieve the Fellow’s goals. Some past Fellows have focused their efforts primarily in the laboratory, while others have focused on translational research in the clinic. Fellows have the opportunity to be directly involved in many or all of the following activities, all under the supervision of UW faculty mentors.
Performance of cancer research studies in the laboratory setting.
Development of new laboratory assays, model systems, and techniques for cancer research.
Design and write clinical treatment protocols, IRB applications, investigator-initiated trial proposals (IITs), and/or FDA Investigational New Drug (IND) applications.
Evaluation and design of treatment strategies for cancer patients.
Clinical data mining and analysis of results from cancer patient treatments.
Participation in Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards and Oncology Grand Rounds.
Participation in cancer research seminar series and lab meetings.
Formal coursework in Research Ethics, Biostatistics/Bioinformatics, Leadership, Lab Management, Clinical Trial and Research Design.
Participation in Scientific Writing and Grant Writing Workshops.
Design and writing of grant applications for cancer research funding including NIH K awards and other early career transition awards.
Participation in teaching of undergraduate, medical, or graduate students and/or participation in workshops to improve teaching skills.
Direct mentorship of research personnel/students and/or participation in workshops to improve mentorship of research personnel.
Participate as a speaker in institutional, regional, and international research meetings and/or participation in workshops to improve formal presentation skills.
Development of advanced skills with brachytherapy, radiosurgery, MRI-guided adaptive radiotherapy
Manuscript preparation summarizing research study results.
Guidance and mentorship in laboratory start-up and contract negotiation.
MD, or MD/PhD degree and completion of an accredited Radiation Oncology residency..
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
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About UW-Madison, Department of Human Oncology
As part of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, the University of Wisconsin Department of Human Oncology is recognized throughout the Midwest and the nation as one of the leading innovators in cancer research, quality patient care and active community involvement. UW Carbone Cancer Center is committed to leading-edge research, outstanding educational opportunities to medical students, residents, and other health care providers. It is the only comprehensive cancer center, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, in Wisconsin.