A variety of programs leading to advanced degrees become available to fellows after they complete the initial 13 months of clinical training. These pathways fulfill the requisite fellowship research experience and, in addition, may lead to a master’s or doctorate degree.
Basic Science Degrees (PhD). Fellows may apply to the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School and work towards a PhD in a basic science discipline. Degree credits may be earned while working in a pediatric hematology-oncology program laboratory, with faculty who have appointments in the basic science departments.
Public Health and Epidemiology (MPH or PhD). Fellows may choose to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) through concurrent enrollment in the University of Texas School of Public Health, which is within walking distance of Texas Children’s Hospital. Fellows can pursue an MPH or PhD in epidemiology with mentorship from the pediatric hematology-oncology faculty who are members of the Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program.
Clinical Research (MA or PhD). Baylor College of Medicine has an organized curriculum in clinical research that offers the potential to receive either an MA or a PhD. An NIH K30 award supports this Clinical Scientist Training Program. Fellows are eligible to participate in this program that is oriented to train individuals for academic careers in clinical research.