A variety of programs leading to advanced degrees may be an option for senior fellows or junior faculty 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 masters or doctorate degree.

Public Health and Epidemiology. Fellows may choose to pursue an M.P.H. degree 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 M.P.H. or Ph.D. in epidemiology with mentorship from the pediatric hematology-oncology faculty who are members of the Epidemiology Program.

Clinical Research. Baylor College of Medicine has an organized curriculum in clinical research that offers the potential to receive either an M.A. or a Ph.D. degree. Baylor College of Medicine has an organized graduate curriculum in clinical research—the Clinical Scientist Training Program—that offers the potential to receive a Certificate of Added Qualification, M.S., or a Ph.D. degree. Fellows are eligible to participate in this program that is oriented to train individuals for academic careers in clinical research. Completion of the M.S. or Ph.D. requires additional years of training post-fellowship.

Faculty Fellowship in Pediatric Oncology Clinical Research. Fellows who continue for a fourth year are eligible to apply for a unique NIH K12 award. The award offers three years of direct mentorship and training in advanced clinical research. This program provides the participant an opportunity to receive career development training in one of 5 specific tracks, including: Leukemia, Solid Tumors, Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation, Cancer Genetics, and Neuro-oncology. Acceptance into this program includes salary support for a 3-year period.

Clinical Pharmacology Training. The clinical and laboratory research program in clinical pharmacology is exceptionally strong at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center. The program is the only site of 13 NIH-funded Pediatric Pharmacology Research Units in the United States. Pediatric hematology-oncology fellows who are interested in a cancer pharmacology career may participate in the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate Program in Pharmacology. These fellows pursue research in the laboratories of the Developmental Therapeutics Program during their second and third years of fellowship. Their fourth year is spent in didactic coursework offered at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, located in the Texas Medical Center. During their fifth year, individuals rotate through several different clinical pharmacology rotations, and become eligible to sit for board certifications in clinical pharmacology.