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Training Program Overview

Post-doctoral trainees accepted into the Surgical Oncology Research Training Program will engage in a mentored laboratory research project which will be complemented by a curriculum in clinical trials, research design, ethics and data analysis. The training program will foster the development of knowledge, competence, skills, professional attitudes, and experience required for successful academic careers in laboratory, translational, or clinical surgical oncology research.

Trainees will obtain a knowledge base in six core competency domains:

  • Biostatistics and study design
  • Ethics
  • Leadership and management
  • Presentation and teaching
  • Scientific writing and verbal communication
  • Basic, translational and clinical oncology research

An individualized learning plan will be developed for each trainee to ensure all trainees have a well rounded experience. In addition to the mentored laboratory training, participation in a variety of courses, workshops and seminars, primarily on the UW-Madison campus will be outlined based on individual interests and needs to ensure training objectives are met.


Trainee stipends are fixed by the National Institutes of Health and vary depending on the number of years of experience following doctoral degree. Supplemental funds are available to ensure compensation equitable to clinical training stipends at UW Hospital and Clinics when appropriate. Trainees are also eligible for health insurance, tuition support, and some travel money when appropriate for advancing the training experience.


Applicants must be MDs in their second year of surgical residency with willingness to delay the completion of their clinical training for two years. Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. At the present time priority is given to applicants from surgical residency programs at the University of Wisconsin; however interested applicants from other institutions may apply to the program via our application portal located on the Application Process tab.