San Diego Center for Precision Immunotherapy Fellowship Program

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2019

Co-sponsored by UC San Diego Health and La Jolla Institute for Immunology to provide young investigators with an opportunity to further their education and experience in the field of cancer immune therapy.

One year post graduate training in translational immune oncology for one Fellow per year. The ideal candidate is focused on bringing together academic medicine with basic immune biology, teaching, clinical care and industry partnerships. Through a strong mentored program, the Fellow will gain experience in current laboratory practice, topic presentation, delivering best clinical care and protocol development.

Program summary
The mission of this fellowship is to train the next generation of leaders of physician-scientists through implementation of projects involving all the steps necessary in the field of cancer immune therapeutics including diagnostics, laboratory science, translation and clinical application. SDCPI integrates regional science and cancer programs focused upon leadership in the development of cancer immune therapy. 

Instructional plan
San Diego Center for Precision Immunotherapy offers training components in developing successful research plans, clinical care and career development. Fellows will have clinical duties participating with inpatient cell therapy service as well as outpatient clinics involving immune therapy translation and work with a mentor committee to produce research reports. Immunotherapy fellows will have quarterly mentor committee meetings focused upon research progress, publications and career development. The mentorship committee will include the laboratory research director, an academic medicine clinical mentor and two other senior academic mentors (academic rank of professor) chosen by the candidate and approved by the fellowship director. Course work opportunities include the Clinical Research Enhancement Training (CREST) through a “Supplemental Training” program. Each Fellow will be required to take a one quarter course in research ethics and complete a minimum of three one-quarter courses offered through the CREST Program of the UC San Diego Medical School. This lecture series is targeted to researchers from all disciplines, particularly physicians enrolled in fellowship training or starting their academic career. CREST enhances development of investigators with specialized clinical and laboratory skills to use rigorous methods to address research questions with human populations. The curriculum provides comprehensive coverage of all dimensions of clinical research while allowing scholars to spend the majority of their time in research and clinical activities. 

Fellows will receive an “SDCPI Fellowship Certificate of Completion” at the commencement of the program.

The fellowship is supported by Pfizer.


Program applicants should have:
-M.D. or D.O. degree
-Passed the licensure exam (USMLE Steps 1 & 2)
-Foreign-trained applicants must have ECFMG certification

Review Criteria

The ideal candidate is focused on bringing together academic medicine with basic immune biology, teaching, clinical care and industry partnerships. Please include academic intent, appropriate scientific background and interest.

The program will accept one fellow per year. Interested applicants are encouraged to send a letter of inquiry and CV to: by March 1, 2019:

c/o Gregory Daniels, MD, PhD

US San Diego Health, Moores Cancer Center

Fellowship Director, San Diego Center for Precision Immunotherapy

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