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The MGH-DFCI-BWH fellowship training program in neuro-oncology represents a jointly recruited cohort of trainees in Neuro-Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). The Neuro-Oncology programs at these three institutions joined in 2003 to establish a combined training program.


The MGH-DFCI-BWH fellowship training program in neuro-oncology prepares academically oriented physicians to become leaders in clinical and laboratory investigation and clinical teaching. Four trainees are accepted each year through the SF Match for one clinical year plus 1-2 optional research years. The training is comprehensive with high patient volumes in primary brain tumors (including gliomas), central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma, CNS metastases, and neurologic complications of cancer and cancer therapy.

How to Apply

Applications for trainees are accepted through the Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Match. Applicants should register with SF Match Central Application Service (sfmatch.org). Applicant registration on SF Match opens in November (our program is listed as Mass General Brigham & Dana-Farber Cancer Centers); applications are due by mid-February; and interviews will take place in March and April. Our interviews will be conducted virtually.

Applicants must have completed a neurology residency and have attained the qualifications necessary to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology examination. We will consider applicants who completed a training program in hematology/oncology, neurosurgery, pediatric oncology, or radiation oncology on a case-by-case basis. We seek to train future leaders in neuro-oncology with an emphasis on producing academic neuro-oncologists.

For questions about our program and/or the application process, please contact our program coordinator Gwyneth Shipman at Gwyneth_Shipman@dfci.harvard.edu.

Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Welcome Video

Dr. Scott Plotkin, director of the MGH-DFCI-BWH Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Program, talks about the program, its benefits, and why prospective fellows should attend. Join Dr. Plotkin and former and current fellows as they share their thoughts about the fellowship, living in Boston, and the camaraderie/relationships they have created.