This NIH-NCI funded program combines key didactic, research, and career development components to train independent and productive clinical oncology researchers. The curriculum is guided by two research tracks in Basic/Translational and Clinical science. Scholars participate in four training components: (1) core competencies, (2) advanced coursework, (3) career development, and (4) mentored research. The mentored research training plan will be supervised by two senior, independently funded faculty members (one Basic/Translational mentor and one Clinical mentor) who will guide the scholar in the development and conduct of his/her research project. Scholars are expected to have developed their own investigator-initiated clinical trial during the training period, and have plans to secure suitable funding to support it.


The goal of the program is to train junior faculty (basic-translational scientists and clinician scientists) as investigators in team-based patient-oriented cancer research. Upon successful completion of a three-year, salary-supported core curriculum, scholars will receive a UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Certificate in Clinical Cancer Research.