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Oncology Center of Excellence Fellows Program

The purpose of the Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) Fellows Program is to familiarize fellows training in hematology and/or oncology with the role of the FDA throughout all phases of oncology drug or biological product development and research. Fellows will gain professional experience under the mentorship of Medical Officers in the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Fellows will also have the opportunity to interact with scientists dedicated to cancer research and product review in the Center for Biologic Evaluation and Research (cellular and gene therapies, vaccines) and the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (in vitro diagnostics, therapeutic devices).

The key learning objectives for this rotation are:

  • Understand the different types of FDA submissions (INDs, BLAs and NDAs).
  • Understand the considerations involved in clinical trial design across drug development, including the role of biomarkers and patient-reported outcomes.
  • Understand the regulatory requirements for drug approvals, expedited programs and expanded access programs.
  • Understand the clinical considerations involved in risk-benefit analysis.
  • Understand the role of the OCE in fostering collaboration between FDA Centers.
  • Gain understanding about cancer research outreach activities by members of the OCE and key ongoing initiatives critical to cancer research and development.

Hematology and oncology fellows currently enrolled in an ACGME accredited fellowship program may apply for this 8-week program. Rotations are offered three times a year: February-March, May-June, and September-October. Approval from the fellowship program director and a background check are required. This is a volunteer-based program. FDA will not provide transportation or housing.

We are now accepting applications for the following rotations (deadlines are provided below):

Rotation DateApplication DeadlineNotification of Selection
September - October 2018 May 31, 2018June 30, 2018
Rotation DateApplication DeadlineNotification of Selection
February 1– March 31, 2019August 1, 2018October 1, 2018
May 1– June 30, 2019November 1, 2018January 1, 2019
October 15– December 15, 2019February 1, 2019April 1, 2019
  • Submit a one-page personal statement, your resume, and a brief statement from your fellowship program director in support of your application to OCEScientificExchange@fda.hhs.gov.
  • In the subject line of your email, indicate what rotation dates you are interested in.
  • In your personal statement, explain how this rotation will fit in with your career plans and include your specific area(s) of interest within hematology or oncology (e.g., breast cancer, GI cancers, benign/malignant hematology, etc.).
  • This program is only open to United States citizens and permanent residents (green card holders).
  • FDA may be able to reimburse for a portion of travel/lodging expenses for fellows living more than 50 miles away from the FDA White Oak Campus.

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