Who is eligible for the CUPID Summer Translational Oncology Program?
All students who will have completed his/her first year of an accredited US medical school or in a US territory are eligible to apply, provided they are academically in good standing.
My school is affiliated with an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. Can I still apply?
Yes! However, the number of slots available to you is limited by the grant that funds the program.
How is the topic of healthcare disparities incorporated into the laboratory research component?
The laboratory experience is designed to complement the diverse topics discussed in the didactic sessions, and to provide a basic appreciation of the research environment. The assigned projects may or may not directly address scientific issues related to cancer health disparities.
How do I complete and submit an application?
You must complete your application online at the CUPID-STOP website, according to the instructions provided. Applications will not be accepted by mail. The application deadline is 03/15/2018. Late applications will not be considered.
Where are program activities located?
Students will be assigned to one of three sites: The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions located in Baltimore, MD, Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN, or Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
Do all three sites run the same program?
While each site will emphasizes its unique strengths, all didactic sessions and conferences will be shared by videoconference. Some highlights of the program such as the student stipend, parking, and gym option may be different due to funding or site limitations.
Can I pick which site I attend?
Students may choose to apply to just one site or to have their application considered by all sites. However, if you apply to all three sites, you will only be accepted at one of them. We request your preference, but this cannot always be honored.
Do the students at the different sites interact with one another?
Yes, in addition to the videoconferences, students will travel to a common site during the program to meet, interact and network. More information will be provided to invitees.
Does the program provide housing?
Yes, visiting students are offered housing. We are unfortunately unable to provide housing for students wishing to live with their partner/spouse during the fellowship. Accepted students must notify the program administrator at the time of acceptance if they plan to live elsewhere.
Can I bring a car?
Yes, but check with the specific site as parking options may be limited.
Can I select my mentor?
No, all assignments will be made by the Directors after review of the student's application materials. Students are not permitted to contact prospective mentors during the application process.
Are students from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine eligible to apply?
Yes. However, JHU students accepted into the CUPID/STOP program will be funded by the program and will not be eligible for the Dean's stipend.
I prefer a clinical mentor. Is this possible?
Generally not. This is primarily a laboratory-based program. However, all students will participate in half-day clinical rotations in medical, radiation, pediatric and surgical oncology, and may elect to request additional rotations if time allows.
How is the stipend paid?
CUPID fellows are paid a stipend over the 10-week period. The amount of the stipend will depend on the location (this is due to the difference in the sources of funding). Pay periods may be different at each location. Taxes are typically not deducted from the stipend checks.
Can I miss time during the program?
All students in the summer program are expected to attend each day for the entire time that they are enrolled in the program. Note that some medical school calendars may conflict with the scheduled dates of our program. In these cases, allowances will be made for affected students to begin later or to complete the program earlier. Otherwise, excused absences will only be granted on a case-by-case basis.
What is a typical day for the CUPID Fellow?
Students will spend most of each day -as well as some evenings and weekends as needed -working on a laboratory-based research project under the guidance of their mentor and/or senior lab members. Didactic lectures or journal discussions are held over lunch, which is provided by the program for approximately 7-weeks during the 10-week program. These sessions will be conducted as video teleconferences that connect all three locations. Four half-day clinical rotations in medical oncology, radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, and surgical oncology are scheduled during the 10-week program. Additional rotations may be scheduled depending on the student interest, schedule, and the availability of faculty.
When will I be notified if I am accepted into the program?
Students will be notified by mid-March 2018 via email whether or not they are accepted into the program.