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Post-Doctoral Training Grant In Cancer Survivorship

Training Overview

This postdoctoral training program focuses on critical skills necessary to become an independent researcher in cancer control with a focus on survivorship.  The training includes:

  • Working with faculty from a variety of clinical, basic and social science backgrounds
  • Personalized mentoring in the conduct of research and professional development
  • Specialized coursework in research methods and grant writing 
  • Participation in a variety of research seminars and journal clubs 

These activities provide ample opportunities for trainees to interact with colleagues and faculty in a range of educational and research-related activities. 

Training Overview


A core element of the training program is the opportunity to work closely with a primary mentor, as well as a mentoring committee of approximately 3-5 faculty. The primary mentor and this committee assist the trainee in defining and working toward his or her professional goals.  Applicants are asked to state their specific interests in cancer survivorship upon applying to the program, to ensure that potential mentors can be identified prior to accepting a trainee into the program.

A list of potential mentors, including their disciplines and research interests, is provided here.

Program Training

Trainees will receive the following training during the fellowship period:

Interdisciplinary Research Experience

  • Exposure to cancer survivorship issues from a multidisciplinary, translational perspective through coursework, clinical experience and research
  • Participation in a multidisciplinary research team
  • Non-M.D. trainees will have the opportunity to collaborate with a clinician to become more familiar with the clinical diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients along the trajectory of cancer survivorship
  • Intensive participation in a mentored research project
  • Hands-on experience with data analysis, focusing on statistical techniques suited to survivorship research

Ethics & Human Subjects Considerations

  • Complete certification in the ethical conduct of research in human subjects
  • Learn how human subjects considerations and HIPAA guidelines affect study designs, consent forms and IRB considerations
  • Prepare an IRB submission and study consent form

Grant Writing

  • Complete a course in grant writing during the first or second year of training that includes:
    • Preparing a grant proposal on a cancer survivorship topic
    • Participating in a mock NIH grant proposal review 
    • Revising the proposal based on reviewer feedback
  • Submit a proposal for institutional pilot funding that can be completed during the training period
  • Complete a solid draft of a R03, R21, or similar grant proposal that can be subsequently submitted for funding 

Publications & Presentations

  • Collaborate on peer-reviewed manuscripts in cancer survivorship with mentor(s)
  • Submit first-authored publications in cancer survivorship
  • Participate annually in national conferences as an attendee and presenter 

Course Work

The specific nature of a trainee’s research experience will vary according to his or her background, research interests and career goals.  The purpose of this program is to give trainees experience in components essential to the success of a clinical researcher.   A summary of the trainee core requirements and optional individualized training experiences that a trainee may choose to complete is provided here.

Clinical and Population Translational Sciences (CPTS) 

Trainees also have the option of taking selected courses or completing a master of science or certificate in Clinical and Population Translational Sciences.  The Master of Science (MS) Degree in CPTS is co-administered by the Division of Public Health Sciences and the Wake Forest University Translational Science Institute.  Faculty members provide expertise and conduct research across the spectrum of basic, clinical, population, and translational research.  Formal coursework for the CPTS graduate program emphasizes biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical health services and community research, along with the responsible conduct of research and scientific communication.  Students in the CPTS program also participate in a shared course with students in the Molecular Medicine and Translational Science (MMTS) Program to develop an understanding of the spectrum of translational science.

Students in the CPTS Master's program complete one full calendar year of coursework, and complete a thesis project of publishable quality that is closely aligned with the student’s interests and career objectives.

certificate in Clinical and Translational Sciences  is also available to doctoral students, post-doctoral trainees and faculty at Wake Forest University or affiliated institutions.

Admission criteria and procedures for the Wake Forest University (WFU) Graduate School may be found at:  Please be advised that acceptance into the Cancer Prevention & Control Research Training Program does not automatically admit you to the Clinical and Translational Sciences Program or any other graduate program at Wake Forest University.  All post-doctoral fellows are required to apply for admittance to graduate programs in which they are interested.  Further information about the M.S. and the certificate of the Clinical and Translational Sciences Program is provided at:

Elective Coursework

Trainees may also elect to take individual graduate-level courses to assist them in their training experience.  The WFU Graduate School offers a wide range of programs and coursework in the biomedical sciences and the arts and sciences.  Further information on the graduate programs available at Wake Forest University can be found at:   


Last Updated: 06-28-2016
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