This NCI-funded intensive 6-day workshop will provide an overview of fundamental methods, such as study designs, qualitative and survey methods, and approaches to data analysis in supportive oncology research. Over the course of the workshop, participants will write a complete study protocol under the direct mentorship of expert faculty in the field of supportive oncology. Participants will continue to receive assistance after the workshop from their workshop mentors to help in the implementation of their studies at their home institutions.

Essential workshop topics include: creation of conceptual models, epidemiological methods, supportive care clinical trials, development of psychosocial interventions, decision science, web-based research, study of patient-provider communication, qualitative and survey methods, and data analysis.

Jennifer Temel, MD and William Pirl, MD, MPH will co-chair the workshop with a multidisciplinary team of faculty including: Joseph Greer, PhD; Michael Fisch, MD, MPH; Elyse Park, MD, MPH; Lisa Wood, PhD; James Tulsky, MD; Marie Bakitas, DNSc, APRN and others.

  • The workshop will take place January 22-27, 2017 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.
  • Participants will receive a stipend for travel and lodging, and the week-long course is free of charge.
  • Attendance is limited to 36 participants and will be based on a competitive application process.
  • For more information and to apply, please visit the workshop website:
  • Applications are due by September 15, 2016.
  • Physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists who are early-stage researchers are eligible to attend. Participants must have a doctoral degree or be a student in a doctoral program.

Please contact Lauren Fields ( for questions or more information. Funded by NCI R25 CA181000