Cancer is a rapidly growing problem in low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries. Outcomes for cancer patients are poor. There is a need for improved research and training to improve these outcomes. The MSK Global Cancer Disparity Initiative was created in 2013. The goal of the initiative is to improve outcomes for patients with cancer in LMIC. It is based on a collaboration between physicians at MSK and Nigeria that began in 2010. This collaboration has now grown to include the African Research Group for Oncology (ARGO) in Nigeria, which is an MSK cofounded consortium that includes 5 centers in Nigeria and MSK. ARGO has multiple ongoing training endeavors and clinical trials regarding colorectal and breast cancer. In addition, in 2016, a new collaboration was created with the Aga Khan hospitals in Kenya and Tanzania, with a focus on breast and cervical cancer training and research.
Candidates must be graduates of a recognized foreign or US medical school and have completed a general surgery residency training program in their home country. The candidate must also be interested and committed to expanding his/her expertise in surgical oncology in high- and low-income countries. The candidate must have passed the USMLE examinations or any equivalent predecessor or successor examination and hold a valid ECFMG certificate, if applicable. In addition, the candidate must certify intent to return to his/her home country upon completion of training.
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How to Apply
Applications must include the following items:
- Memorial Hospital Graduate Staff Application form
- ECFMG full certification: Applicants must have completed USMLE Steps 1, 2CK, and 2CS prior to submitting an application to our program
- Current CV
- Copy of MD diploma (with translation, if necessary)
- Personal statement: This should include a description of the candidates personal qualifications and motivation for applying for the program, explain the applicants interest in global cancer disparities, describe the applicants past experience working in low- and middle-income countries (if any), and describe a detailed professional plan upon completion of training.
- Three letters of recommendation addressed to Dr. T. Peter Kingham: One of these letters must be from the department chairman
If any of these requirements are not met or are incomplete upon submission, the application will not be processed.