VCORCDP Overview

The Vanderbilt Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Program (VCORCDP) is a 2-3 year training program for physicians interested in a career in clinical oncology research. The VCORCDP is funded through the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Paul Calabresi K12 Training Grant Mechanism. The grant provides:

1) Salary support

2) Tuition for didactic lectures series

3) Tuition for either the Vanderbilt’s Masters of Clinical Science Degree (MSCI) or Master’s of Public Health degree (MPH)

4) Travel support to attend one national meeting per year

5) Funds to offset publication fees

6),Funds to supplement a research project


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.


For questions or more information regarding the VCORCDP, please contact the Sr. Program Manager, Laura Allison Woods (laura.allison.woods@vumc.org).