Yale Cancer Center Diversity Enhancement Program in Oncology Welcomes First Students

Written by: Eliza Folsom
Published on: Aug 5, 2022

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The Section of Medical Oncology at Yale Cancer Center welcomes its first students to the newly-launched Diversity Enhancement Program in Oncology, Larisa Kamga, PhD, and Taylor Barrow.

The program offers an eight-week rotation for two underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students or residents, and is designed to provide exposure to hematology/medical oncology as a career, provide faculty-mentored clinical experience in oncology as well as with a corresponding clinical or translational research project. Students also receive co-mentorship from current Medical Oncology-Hematology T32 fellows.

“The Diversity Enhancement Program in Oncology is a new and exciting opportunity we now offer for students underrepresented in medicine,” said Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Deputy Director for Clinical Affairs and Chief of Medical Oncology at Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital, and Assistant Dean for Translational Research at Yale School of Medicine. “Our inaugural class will gain an impactful oncology experience throughout their eight-week rotation, with mentoring from our outstanding faculty and fellows. We’re thrilled to offer this program and to be able to add to the many talented physician-scientists we have here at Yale.”

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