Vanderbilt Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Program (VCORCDP)
The VCORCDP is a 2-3 year training program for physicians interested in a career in clinical oncology research. The Vanderbilt Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Program (VCORCDP) is funded through the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Paul Calabresi K12 training grant mechanism. The grant provides salary support, tuition for either Vanderbilt’s Masters of Clinical Science Degree (MSCI) or Master’s of Public Health degree (MPH), travel to attend one national meeting per year and $5000-$10,000 in research supplies.
Program Goals and Objectives
The goal of the VCORCDP is to prepare cancer investigators for academic clinical oncology research careers. Objectives are: 1) to prepare clinical investigators in the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative clinical protocols that are scientific and hypothesis driven with the goal of improving medical care of cancer patients. 2) To prepare clinical investigators in the design and implementation of all phases of clinical trials research including the management of Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III research studies. 3) To effectively prepare clinical investigators to collaborate effectively with a team of multidisciplinary clinicians and basic/behavioral scientists in order to facilitate the translation of basic/behavioral information into patient-oriented research.