Frequently Asked Questions for Medical/PA/DO Students

Applying to the Summer Research Program

Who should apply?
Students in an MD, DO, DDS or PA program who are considering careers focused on oncology and cancer research.

Are stipends or other funding available for health professional students?
Both paid and unpaid internships are offered. Paid internships are awarded to applicants who qualify for the funding source eligibility criteria.

How much is the stipend and what does it cover?
Subsistence allowances are $3,200 for the eight-week program in 2017. Subsistence allowances may be used to cover out-of-pocket expenses such as food, dormitory lodging (for out-of-town students) and other incidental costs.

I’m not a first-year student. Can I still apply?
We do not accept applications from students who are not in their first year of health professional school.

Do I have to submit an official transcript?
No. We require students to provide only a letter of good standing from school official. This letter can be scanned and sent as a PDF to from your school official

What is the application deadline?
All applicants must complete their online application and submit supplemental materials by Sunday, January 10, 2017. See the online application portal for more instructions.

The Program

What are the program dates?
The 2017 program for graduate medical students starts on Monday, June 5 and ends on Friday, July 28.

What will I learn?
Interns will receive a formal orientation and on-boarding session. Interns will learn real world application of the scientific method while working on their assigned research project in their mentor’s laboratory. The research experience will be supported by a curriculum of learning activities. These include seminars on pertinent and cutting-edge cancer topics and professional development activities such as attendance at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute science retreat.

Where will I be working?
You will be working in a Roswell Park research department alongside professional researchers, graduate students and laboratory technicians or in a clinical setting, training with physicians and other health professionals.

Will I get to meet other students in the program?
Yes. There are plenty of opportunities to meet and socialize with other students. As part of the peer-mentored cross-training activities you will have the chance to interact with health professional student interns in the program. You will learn about their projects and take tours of the clinics and research departments. These opportunities begin on the first day during orientation and continue through graduation.

Can I start later or leave earlier than the official starting or ending date of the program?
Sometimes academic year schedule start and end dates may fall within the scheduled summer progam dates.  In these cases, students should inquiry about schedule flexibility with the Assistant Dean for Internships and Education Outreach. To do this, email your inquiry to and type in the subject line: Summer Program Schedule Flexibility. Inquiries will be handled on  case-by-case basis. While participatng, all students are required to attend every day of the program and to work for a full day.

How many hours per day/week will I be required to participate in the internship experience?
Students are required to participate in the research experience Monday through Friday for eight weeks. Schedules are eight hours per day (Monday through Friday) for a total of 40 hours per week.

Can I take time off from the program if I already have a family vacation planned?
No. The program is a short-term experience and students will not be allowed to take time off for vacation. In an emergency, students who need to take at most one to two days off will be required to make up that time during the program. These arrangements are not guaranteed. Any requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Is there a dress code for interns?
Yes. Dress attire requirements are meant to ensure safety in the laboratories and professionalism in the clinical setting. For research internships, the dress code is long pants (no shorts, capris, or skirts), closed toe shoes (no sandals), and long hair secured in a ponytail. For clinical internships the dress code is business attire. In addition, there are a few days where all interns will be required to wear business attire for formal presentations. This information will be provided in detail to interns accepted into the program.

Lodging, Means and Transportation

I am from out of town. Where can I stay while in the program?
Students who live further than commuting distance from Roswell Park may either find their own living accommodations or live at the dormitories on the campus of Canisius College. The dormitory is recently renovated and features 24-hour security, free Wi-Fi access and air-conditioning. A Resident Assistant (RA) will be living in the dormitory with our students. Room and board expenses are paid by the student. Learn more about dormitories at Canisius College.

How much will my room and board cost?
The 2016 cost for a dorm room at Canisius was $30 per night. Out-of-town students will be informed of 2017 room rates as part of the acceptance offer.

Where can I eat?
The Canisius dormitories do not have a cafeteria that is open during the summer, but there are facilities for students to make their own meals. There is a cafeteria on the Roswell Park campus where food service is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the work week and on weekends. Also, there are a variety of restaurants and diners throughout Buffalo featuring local and worldwide cuisine. Interns are responsible for paying for their own meals.

How can I get from the dormitory to Roswell Park?
Metro bus and subway lines are available modes of transportation. It is a two-minute walk from the Canisius College campus to the Metro rail station. Monthly passes are available for purchase once students arrive at the campus.

If I live in the dormitory, would I be able to go home for the weekends?
Yes. You will need to notify the Assistant Dean for Internships and Education Outreach. Interns are not allowed to leave early on Fridays or return late on Mondays to accommodate their weekend plans unless granted permission by the Assistant Dean for Internships and Education Outreach.

Social Activities

Are social activities planned for dormitory students during off-hours and weekends?
Yes. There are periodic social activities planned for both weeknights and weekends during the course of the program. These activities are meant for interns to bond with their peers and enjoy relaxation time away from their research experience. Participants will receive a program schedule that lists these activities shortly before the program begins.

What social activities will be taking place this year?
While 2017 events have not been confirmed yet, events in previous years have included restaurant nights, tours of Niagara Falls and Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball games.