Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a physician researcher for a postdoctoral research associate in global oncology at the Rutgers Global Health Institute. The position will provide exposure and training for an oncologist interested in a career track in global cancer care and prevention. The successful candidate will maintain competence in medical oncology and further develop research, business, and leadership skills to help transform cancer care and prevention services in resource limited settings.
The position will work under the direction of Richard G. Marlink, MD, Henry Rutgers Professor of Global Health, and Director of Rutgers Global Health Institute, and in concert with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The fellow will conduct research and assessment, and work with partners at the University of Botswana School of Medicine in Gaborone, Botswana in support of a developing program of research, education and care aimed at helping the region achieve sustainable and comprehensive cancer care and prevention.
Supported by an interprofessional faculty team with expertise in global health, oncology, public health, health care policy, business, and research, the fellowship combines elements of Rutgers' premier educational programs. The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is one of only 45 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, and a leader in laboratory, clinical prevention and public health science. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), the University's academic health center, includes eight schools, a behavioral network, and five centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, and healthcare policy and aging research.
The program will prepare the physician researcher to:
Apply research principles and applications to evaluate cancer care, prevention and management in the context of a resource-limited setting
Educate and train others in the global trends and high priority needs to improve cancer care and prevention in resource poor regions
Participate in dissemination and implementation science studies
Implement evidence-based, patient-centered approaches to improve health outcomes and reduce cancer care and prevention disparities
Pursue leadership roles in global health, cancer care and prevention
About 70 percent of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where people with cancer often go untreated and lack access to palliative care. The health systems of LMICs, which have historically focused on infectious diseases, lack the personnel, training, and resources to provide chronic health care, much less care and treatment for most cancer patients. A country with tens of millions of people might not have a single oncologist, and cancer drugs, where they exist, are in limited supply, often depleting before treatment can conclude. The fight against cancer everywhere can benefit from an equitable and global approach to care and prevention.
Minimum Education and Experience:
M.D. or D.O. degree, board certified in internal medicine. Applicant must be board-eligible in oncology and have completed ACGME medical oncology fellowship by the start date of the postdoctoral fellowship.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated analytical and research skills.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
Essential ability to interact effectively and sustain relationships with investigators, colleagues and partners at multiple locations
Able to work independently and in teams.
Excellent organization, planning, project management, and problem solving skills.
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