For more than 135 years, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has been dedicated to conquering cancer by delivering outstanding patient care, groundbreaking clinical studies, and state-of-the-art innovation. We also train the next generation of leaders in oncology and supportive care oncology, here and around the world.
MSK offers approximately 100 clinical training programs encompassing nearly all clinical departments. Our varied programs range from residency level programs to advanced fellowship programs. Our goal is to provide our trainees with top-notch clinical and scientific training and personalized guidance to become outstanding members of the medical community in their respective discipline.
Our affiliation and proximity to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Weill Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Hospital for Special Surgery, and The Rockefeller University allows our students to participate in one of the world’s most outstanding medical and scientific community.
- 30-plus years as a top cancer hospital on US News & World Report annual “Best Hospitals” list
- 360 full-time residents and fellows
- 1,000 clinical trials underway at anytime
- 1,300 rotating residents and fellows
- 25,000 patient admissions and 28,000 surgical cases annually
The Office of Graduate Medical Education at MSK provides leadership and oversight for the educational experience of more than 2,000 fellows, residents, medical students, and observers annually. For more information, please contact us by phone or email.
General questions regarding student electives may be sent to: [email protected]
Summer MD Student Fellowship questions may be sent to: [email protected]
Observership questions may be sent to: [email protected]
For Rotations to MSK
Clinical Rotation Information
Residents and fellows wishing to engage in a clinical rotation at MSK should begin by contacting the GME Coordinator and/or Program Director associated with the training program they are interested rotating with. Contact information can be found by on the department’s education and training webpage or by accessing the Fellowship and Residency program listings at the top of this webpage. General questions can be directed to the GME Office at 212-639-6788.
Program Letters of Agreement
A Program Letter of Agreement (PLA) must be executed between MSK and any institution sending residents/fellows to MSK for a rotation. PLAs are needed for all residents rotating at MSK as well as for those rotations where MSK trainees rotate elsewhere. Residents seeking to rotate at MSK should coordinate with their home program’s GME Coordinator. The GME Program Coordinator at the resident’s home institution will work directly with the MSK GME Program Coordinator responsible for supporting the MSK program they wish to rotate with. The MSK Program Coordinator will provide an MSK PLA template to be used for all in-rotations.
Since PLAs are agreements between the Sponsoring (residents home institution) and Participating (MSK) institutions, it’s typical that each institution’s legal counsel will review. The legal review process may take weeks or months to complete, so residents wishing to rotate should begin planning their rotation a minimum of six months in advance of their preferred start date.
Under no circumstances should the prospective rotating resident contact MSK Counsel’s Office to discuss or inquire about the status of a PLA.
Instructions for your first day
Your MSK program coordinator will send you details about where to report on your first day.
GME orientation: You’ll be sent a link with an orientation video and provided with instructions to gain access to MSK systems on your first day.
You will complete GME orientation and sign check-in forms once an academic year.
If you are rotating to MSK over the course of a multiple-year program, you must check in on the first rotation of each academic year.
Housing: Your GME program coordinator can confirm whether there are MSK housing options available to you.
Parking: The Housing Office can provide you with a list of parking garages in the area that provide hospital discounts.
For Incoming Full-Time Fellows and Residents
We are committed to supporting our incoming staff both professionally and personally for a successful program experience. Learn more about the benefits, programs, and other resources available to MSK trainees.
MSK’s COVID-19 Response
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, MSK administration, faculty, and staff have gone to tremendous lengths to keep our patients and staff safe. In early February 2020, MSK initiated a comprehensive pandemic response led by the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) leadership. Since then, MSK has continually evolved its response to the pandemic as needed to protect patients, staff and visitors to the hospital. It has been a challenging time, but MSK has risen to that challenge while continuing to provide excellent care to our patients. In the short video below, Graduate Medical Education Committee Chair and Designated Institutional Official, Dr. Monika Shah, provides an overview of MSK’s response to COVID-19. For our latest policies on COVID-19 vaccination, please see our FAQs.
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at MSK
Diversity is a hallmark of our work at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Having dedicated over 135 years to treating and curing cancer, we know this disease doesn’t discriminate. We also know that identifying the best individualized treatment for a patient includes taking into consideration everything that makes them who they are, including their language, culture, and background. This comprehensive approach is also realized in our dynamic and growing workforce, where we celebrate diversity as a key element of our strategy for recruiting, retaining, and advancing the best talent available. In fact, we’ve been recognized as a Forbes Top 20 Employer for Diversity.