Participation in research activities is an important part of the fellowship training program at Tufts Medical Center. The program provides all fellows with 18 months of protected and funded time for training in basic, translational or clinical research training in the second and third year of the fellowship.
Fellows are expected to identify a research project and a research mentor before the end of the first year. The research mentor also serves as the head of the research committee for the fellow’s identified project. Research mentors are not restricted to the division of hematology and oncology and may include researchers throughout the Tufts campus, including those in the Tufts University Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, the Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Care Policy, and the Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Policy. Faculty members from other departments across the Cancer Center and Tufts Medical Center have also served as research mentors for fellowship research projects.
During their research experience, fellows meet regularly with their mentor as well as their research committee. Fellows are expected to present their research regularly in both formal and informal settings. This includes presentations to their research groups, to the entire division at the end of the second year and an invitation to present at Cancer Center Grand Rounds at the end of the third year.