Students completing their first or second years of doctoral coursework in departments or schools of communication, public health, or related fields are invited to apply to become a short-term Cancer Communication Doctoral Fellow. Students interested in organizational and team communication, patient-physician interaction and shared decision making, intercultural communication, leader-member exchange, message tailoring, dissemination and diffusion and implementation of effective practices, systems science, and social ecological models of behavior change are especially encouraged to apply.
Over a three-day immersion in Denver, fellows will learn about plausible topics that a fellow could later pursue for study in cancer communication research as it relates to healthcare organizations. The objective of this program is for fellows to consider cancer communication topics as they plan their dissertation research. This doctoral seminar is made possible with funding from the U.S. National Cancer Institute in an award to the Cancer Communication Research Center (http://www.crn-ccrc.org), an NCI-designated Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research.
Fellows will be paired with and learn from seminar faculty about professional, regulatory, organizational, team, and individual factors that affect communication in healthcare organizations. Seminar faculty will be healthcare providers, prevention specialists, information technology experts, operations leaders, and researchers in Kaiser Permanente, the largest nonprofit non-governmental healthcare system in the U.S. Fellows and faculty will interact one on one in half-day shadowing as faculty go about their work, in seminar, and during social times. The fellowship will pay travel-related costs of fellows including round trip flight to Denver, 3 nights hotel, and meals. Fellows will receive a $1000 honorarium for a brief paper describing a research opportunity from their paradigmatic perspective based on what they have learned.
Wednesday July 13th fellows and seminar staff convene for dinner, orientation to the seminar, and assignment of fellows to faculty. Thursday July 14th fellows are taken to their faculty colleague’s place of work, fellows accompany faculty to meetings, labs or clinics, offices, and any site visits that faculty have on their schedule for that morning, fellows ask questions throughout shadowing and have lunch with their faculty colleague, then fellows convene and with seminar staff leave as a group for field trip. A group dinner for fellows, staff, and faculty finishes the day. Friday July 15th fellows report-out and discuss in full-day seminar what they have learned about communication in healthcare systems and how that may apply to cancer communication research. Saturday July 16th fellows convene in morning seminar to discuss the fit of research paradigms to the realities of healthcare organizations, and depart for the airport.
Apply by sending (1) a cover letter of application with full contact information, (2) a letter of reference, (3) a one page statement of interest that identifies the applicant’s research interests and what they would hope to learn, and (4) a vita. Materials must be received by May 1, 2011. Applicants will be notified by May 15. Submit application materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org.