Career-Development Timeline for Fourth Year of Fellowship
Published on: January 26, 2015
Trainees seeking an academic research career frequently benefit from an extra year of research training. Discuss possibilities with your mentor and program director.
A fourth year of Hematology/Oncology fellowship may provide trainees with protected time for research or for further clinical development and specialization.
Clinical fellows that desire more time to develop a portfolio that allows for competitive transition to a tenure-track position may benefit from a fourth year of fellowship/clinical lecturer year. This latter group of individuals may take a position as a clinical lecturer at their home institution.
During your second and third year of fellowship, effort should be made to obtain grant funding through your institution, industry, or government that can be used for research efforts during fourth year fellowship. If planning to stay at same institution, government mentored awards like K08 and K23 grants are ideal. Funding obtained for the fourth year should support productivity that allows for career development award applications.