Cancer Education Healthcare Equity Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Cancer Education Healthcare Equity Fellowship. Below you will find a full description of the role and an application. You will also need to send a copy of your CV and one letter of recommendation to [email protected] - please include your name and contact information in your email.

About OncoLink

OncoLink is a cancer education provider based at the University of Pennsylvania. We run a website, healthcare provider training programs, and provide standardized patient education through electronic medical record (EMR) vendors and white label syndication. Our content spans the cancer experience, from risk assessment, through diagnosis and treatment, and into survivorship.

We are also deeply committed to improving access to patient education by creating content that is patient-friendly and written in plain language. We are an interprofessional team of physicians, nurses, social workers, and radiation therapists dedicated to improving patient outcomes through education, empowerment, and engagement. As frontline healthcare providers, we have seen the impacts of social determinants of health and racial disparities on usage and access to healthcare. Our goal is to provide high-quality, patient and family-centered cancer information for all, irrespective of a user’s background or culture.

We are committed to partnering with others in the community to tackle barriers to achieving equitable cancer screening, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, palliative, and end-of-life care. In line with these goals, we seek to improve our understanding of the current information about health, social, and racial disparities in cancer care and its impact on content development and education curated by the OncoLink team.

Description of the Fellowship

The Cancer Education Healthcare Equity Fellowship will provide an opportunity for a post-clerkship, third year medical student, doing a year-out, to work with an interdisciplinary team of cancer educators to research and develop content pertinent to cancer education targeted towards LGBTQI+, racial, or ethnic minority groups. This mentored fellowship experience will involve an initial systematic review of the literature focused on cancer-related healthcare disparities and inequities that will subsequently inform the development of new targeted content as well as the initiation of research projects related to the work and mission of Oncolink.  

The fellowship will include two phases.

Phase One

Gather and review literature related to cancer health disparities, inequity, and inclusion.

  • Include content on LBGTQI+, racial, ethnic, and/or spiritual groups.
  • What does the literature say about improving the cancer experience for these patients?
  • Gaps in literature? Are there significant pieces missing that could be future research areas for our team in risk, survivorship, patient education?
  • Genetics and racial disparities.
  • Access to care.
  • Screening.
  • Develop a Health Equity in Oncology Annotated Bibliography.

Present findings and recommendations to the OncoLink team for content development and potential research in patient education targeted towards LGBTQI+, racial, or ethnic minority groups. 

Phase Two 

Content development

  • Patient and provider education materials, webinars, and social media content.

Research involving one or more of the following:

  • Investigations of the patterns of use of OncoLink tools.
  • Studies of the utilization of OncoLink’s current tools/information by racial/ethnic/minority groups.
  • Evaluation of the impact of new tools targeting racial/ethnic/minority groups.

Fellows will submit abstracts and write papers based on the research and projects conducted.

Skills and Abilities
  • An interest in cancer disparities, patient education, and cancer research.
  • Passion for helping people impacted by cancer in communities of color and other diverse communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written, with strong editing abilities).
  • Ability to work independently and take a leading role on assigned projects.
  • Highly motivated and directed, with attention to detail and the ability to multi-task effectively.
  • General administrative skills, comfortable working with Outlook, Microsoft Office (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams, Smartsheets, Zotero).
  • Strong research and computer skills. Experience with statistical analysis is a plus.
  • Outstanding organization, time management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Diverse and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Length of experience: This is a 1 year (July 1- June 30), full-time fellowship.

Stipend: $20000 (Support for presentations at conferences may also be available)

Eligibility: Third-year PSOM medical students who have completed their required clerkships and will be doing a year out. 

Mentors: Christine Hill-Kayser, MD; James Metz, MD; Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN; Christina Bach, MSW, MBE, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW

How to apply: Interested candidates should complete the application below and email a current CV and one letter of recommendation to [email protected] by March 1st, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be reviewed by the OncoLink team. The selected candidate will be notified by April 1st.

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