The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is now in its 45th year of continuous funding and designation as an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center. Education and Training are an integral part of the responsibility of NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers. The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center has had a vigorous and broad-based Education and Training Program to meet our obligation to train the next generation of scientists, clinician scientists, and clinicians engaged in the delivery of cancer care.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality of life for people diagnosed with cancer and to advance the world’s understanding of the disease and translate this knowledge into prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship.
Our vision is a world in which cancer is no longer a public health problem.
Education and training are critical to achievement of both the mission and vision. To that end, we have education and training programs for undergraduates, graduates, and post-doctoral trainees. In addition, we have residency and fellowship programs in multiple cancer specialties and sub-specialties. Because of our location in the Deep South, we have had a special interest in training and education in minority populations. To that end, we have formal partnerships and collaborations with multiple minority-serving institutions in the region.
For young faculty we provide research training programs, links to training programs in the Clinical Center for Translational Science, mentorship programs, training and pilot grants, seminars, and retreats.
Lalita Samant, Ph.D., serves as the Associate Director of Education and Training and has broad responsibilities for these programs.