Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program

Application Instructions

We are entering a new era in medicine where the traditional imaging technologies, e.g., Radiography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, Ultrasound, and the newer technologies of molecular imaging, and imaging- and bio- informatics, will all play interrelated roles in radiologic imaging to dramatically alter the processes of diagnosis and treatment of cancer. For over 20 years, our SCIT program has provided a partial solution to these problems by offering basic and clinical scientists the opportunity to work together in a collaborative environment, and by carefully training scientists in study design, data analysis and, more recently, in the increasingly relevant fields of molecular imaging, systems biology, and informatics. The truly interdisciplinary character of the SCIT program, with continual interaction between the clinical and basic scientists, provides a unique training environment, which has been a critical factor in programmatic success. Committed to producing radiologists and scientists who are effective multi-faceted investigators, teachers, and clinicians, the Department of Radiology at Stanford offers the highest quality training in state-of-the-art imaging, interventional, and analysis techniques.

The SCIT program provides a unique opportunity for postdoctoral training in cancer imaging in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment.  A diverse group of mentors, all with independently funded research projects in cancer research, participate with expertise in many disciplines, including clinical imaging. SCIT trainees will conduct research, participate in specialized coursework and seminars, attend a regular meeting of SCIT mentors and trainees, as part of an integrated, two-year program. In any given year, 5 trainees (roughly half MD and half PhD) participate, each supervised jointly by two mentors (one physician and on basic scientist). MD trainees additionally benefit from 6 full months of clinical radiology training with our faculty.


  1. MD or PhD degree
  2. At the time of the award, the candidate must be a US citizen, or a non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident. See more information on trainee eligibility.

To apply for a SCIT fellowship position, you must submit the following by email to Sofia Gonzales [sofias], Program Administrator:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Completed SCIT Application Form
  3. Undergraduate/Graduate GPA and GRE Scores; MD applicants must send their MCAT Scores and USMLE Board Scores.
  4. Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be addressed to Drs. Sandy Napel and Graham Sommer and must be sent directly from referee to Program Administrator [sofias]. Referees may submit a letter or complete an Applicant Evaluation Form.
  5. One-page (maximum) Career Goal Statement - briefly summarize your previous research experience and discuss your overall goals in pursuing training in cancer imaging.
  6. Two-page Research Proposal describing a cancer-related project. Identify two potential faculty mentors and write a description of a research project. Introduce a specific cancer research question that can be addressed through imaging. Describe the models/sytems to be employed and outline an experimental approach. Discuss what new information or new methodologies would be generated. Consider the broader significance and impact of the proposed work. Applicants are also encouraged to communicate with the prospective mentors and get ideas/feedback about their research proposal.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Record of research achievement including publications
  2. Letters of recommendation
  3. Merit of proposed research, in particular, its relevance to the mission of the SCIT Program
  4. Academic records including undergraduate/graduate GPA and GRE scores; MCAT and USMLE board scores for MD applicants

Application Deadline: July 1, 2013

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