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Clinical Trial Oncology Intern

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Animal Cancer Care & Research Ctr.
Categories: Veterinary Medicine

Job Description

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) at Virginia Tech offers a 1-year specialty Oncology/Clinical Trials Internship. The program is designed for applicants with a strong interest in pursuing oncology specialty training following the VMCVM specialty internship year.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary team in the Animal Cancer Care & Research Center (ACCRC), within the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, on the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke, VA. The ACCRC brings together faculty and students studying a wide range of areas from biomaterials to cancer research impacting human and companion animal health, embracing a true One-Health concept. The ACCRC serves as a premier small animal cancer research hospital to provide exceptional, comprehensive, and compassionate cancer care. ACCRC aims to distinguish itself nationally by growing the nexus between human and veterinary medical clinical and translational research. Its strategic placement physically within the Roanoke biomedical campus, and functionally at the core of the Virginia Tech’s Cancer Research Alliance, will provide excellent opportunities for immersion in clinical trialing and support the professional growth of the successful candidate.

The successful candidate will spend the year working under the supervision of Drs Dervisis, Klahn, and the Medical Oncology team, and be responsible for assisting with all aspects of clinical trials taking place at the ACCRC. The intern will have primary care responsibility under faculty supervision, participate in all Oncology resident journal club, book club, seminars, and other relevant activities, and have ample opportunity to conduct mentored research.

The successful candidate will join an oncology team that includes 5 oncology faculty (2 medical oncology, 1 radiation oncology, and 2 oncology fellowship-trained surgeons). There are 5 oncology house officers (3 medical oncology residents, an oncology surgery intern, and oncology clinical trials intern). The clinical team is supported by 8 oncology technicians, 2 oncology assistants, a medical dosimetrist/radiation therapist, a radiation therapist/CT technician, a practice manager, and 2 client liaisons. The facility is equipped with a USP800 compliant chemotherapy administration suite, a 64-slice CT scanner (Siemens SOMATOM Confidence), digital radiography, ultrasonography, 3 operating rooms, and a state-of-the-art linear accelerator (Varian Edge) with stereotactic radiation therapy capabilities. Other technologies available include a small animal (rodent) PET/CT and PET/MRI, and soon a Siemens Magnetom Prisma MRI 3T scanner for clinical use. The Center is supported by the Community Practice and specialty services of the VTH, providing seamless patient and client care. For more information about the ACCRC:

Roanoke is the largest city in southwest Virginia and is 45 minutes from Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg. There are regularly scheduled WiFi-enabled shuttles that travel between the Blacksburg and Roanoke Virginia Tech campuses. Occasional travel to Blacksburg may be required for research procedures.

Program Dates:
July 15, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Specialty Internship program goal:
1. To prepare the specialty intern successfully for admittance to an Oncology resident training program.

Training objectives:
1. Gain experience in patient evaluation, advanced diagnostic procedures and interpretation, therapeutic applications, and management strategies of cancer in companion animals through a moderate and diverse caseload.

2. Gain experience in the all aspects of clinical trials (IACUC approval, recruitment, screening, informed consent process, adhering to trial protocol, etc).

3. Proficiency in conveying clinical information to pet owners, paraprofessionals, and primary care veterinarians.

4. Exposure and contribution to collaborative and translational research led by veterinary clinicians, physicians, basic science, and engineering researchers.

5. Exposure to in an integrated approach to the management of companion animal malignancies, including radiation therapy, surgery, medical oncology, and Best Supportive Care practices.

Required Qualifications

Completion of 1 year small animal rotating internship
Special interest in Oncology
Candidates must be either United States or Canadian Citizens, or have permanent work status in the United States at the time of application



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Review Date

April 11, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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