Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations

The Medical Student Rotation (MSR) provides financial support for U.S. medical students from populations underrepresented in medicine and who are interested in oncology as a career to experience a minimum 4-week clinical or clinical research rotation. The oncology rotation can take place in a private practice, hospital or academic setting, with a focus on either direct patient care or research, provided that the research is clinically-oriented.

Each participant will be paired with a mentor for the rotation. The role of the mentor is to oversee the student in his or her rotation as well as to provide ongoing academic and career guidance following the rotation experience. Participants may preselect a mentor for their rotation or ask for assistance in arranging a mentoring partnership with an ASCO member. Following the rotation, recipients will have the opportunity to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting where they can interact with oncology professionals.  

The Medical Student Rotation award includes a $5,000 stipend for the rotation plus $1,500 for travel to the ASCO Annual Meeting. An additional $2,000 will be provided to support the student’s mentor. The number of Medical Student Rotation Awards in each funding cycle is not predetermined by the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Awards are given based on individual merit and availability of funds. 

(Are you a medical resident? Then learn more about our Resident Travel Award for Underrepresented Populations!) 


Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Medical Student Rotation:

  • Be enrolled in a DO  or MD program at a U.S. medical school.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident.
  • Be an ASCO member. Students may be able to obtain a FREE ASCO membership by joining here:;
  • Have a record of good academic standing; and
  • Be of an underrepresented population in medicine. Underrepresented in medicine (URM) is defined according to the Association of American Medical Colleges definition, as “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” For the purposes of this program, races and ethnicities that have been identified as URM coincide with those in ASCO Workforce Diversity Strategic Plan, which “include but are not limited to American Indian/Alaska Native, black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.” 

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions in the Medical Student Rotation Request for Applications (RFA). All application materials must be in English and must be submitted through the Grants Portal.  Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted.

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Promoting a Diverse Workforce

Mark Bernard, MD and Blase Polite, MD, MPH

Why is diversity in oncology important to creating a world free from the fear of cancer?  Watch this video featuring Mark Bernard, MD and Blase Polite, MD, MPH to find out how the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s Medical Student Rotation (MSR) and Resident Travel Award (RTA) programs are helping to attract the brightest, most enthusiastic students and residents from underrepresented populations to careers in oncology.


The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Medical Student Rotation Award was first awarded in 2009. To date, we have supported 63 medical students from populations underrepresented in medicine.

2017 Medical Student Rotation Award Recipients

Gerard Holder
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Katia Perez
Wake Forest University
Maria Torres
Mayo Clinic


The  2018 Medical Student Rotation is supported by:

Eisai Inc.
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

This list reflects commitments as of February 15, 2018.

This grant receives support that may result in a report to the CMS Open Payments website under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The supporting companies are required to report the amount of the grant, the names of physicians who are awarded this grant, and the names of their institutions. This information may appear on the Open Payments websiteFind out more information about the Sunshine Act and CMS Open Payments program.