Past CCQTP Student Profiles

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Photo Credit: Devin Hubbard

 

Name: Kemi Doll
Post-Doctoral

Educational Background: MD

Prior Work Experience:
Clinical residency and fellowship training in the surgical and medical management of gynecologic oncology patients

 

 

Professional Interests:
Patterns of referral for high-risk gyn oncology populations; The role of surgery on quality of life in cancer patients.

Why did you choose UNC’s Cancer Care Quality Training Program (CCQTP)?
The CCQTP program offered exactly what I was looking for to develop my research interests and skills in the area of the cancer care quality. The program’s strong emphasis on mentorship and well-designed curriculum is the ideal fertile ground for executing the research that will hopefully be the base for a productive research career.

In one sentence, describe your experience at UNC.
The experience has surpassed my expectations – challenging, supportive, and fun.

What has been the most valuable piece of knowledge you have learned in the CCQTP to date?
The vast resources available at UNC and beyond and the skills to navigate and utilize them to maximum benefit, especially and including writing and receiving grants.

Why does the CCQTP format work for you?
It’s a perfect blend of independence and support.

Describe a typical term.
This is unique for each participant – for me, a term includes being a full time student in the UNC MSCR degree program and day-to-day management of my major research projects.

What do you like best about the CCQTP?
The financial and intellectual support.

Describe the interaction you have with the faculty in the CCQTP.
Collegial, collaborative, and fun.

How do you manage your time—work/family/school balance?
Coffee and meditation.

Is there anything you would like to tell a prospective student about the CCQTP?
It’s a great program if you are driven to make a difference in cancer care through research and I would encourage you to apply!

What are your plans and goals after the CCQTP?
I plan to have blended clinical and research career in an academic gynecologic oncology practice.


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Photo Credit: Devin Hubbard

 

Name: Sara Jacobs
Pre-Doctoral

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University

Prior Work Experience:
Healthcare policy consulting for Avalere Health, located in Washington, DC.

 


Professional Interests:

Continuing my cancer research, at a yet to be determined location.

Why did you choose UNC’s Cancer Care Quality Training Program (CCQTP)?
CCQTP is a perfect fit for me as it facilitates access to renowned UNC cancer faculty as well as provides generous support for my research studies. The coursework aligns with my research interests and I enjoy sharing ideas and spending time with the other CCQTP trainees.

In one sentence, describe your experience at UNC.
Deciding to complete my PhD at UNC is one of the best professional decisions that I have made!

What has been the most valuable piece of knowledge you have learned in the CCQTP to date?
Through the CCQTP coursework I have learned how to be a better researcher. I have not only learned how to conceptualize a unique and interesting research topic, but I have also learned how to put together a strong proposal.

Why does the CCQTP format work for you?
There is enough structure so I do not feel like I have to complete my dissertation research alone, but enough flexibility so I can focus on what is most interesting to me. There is a tremendous amount of support from both faculty and staff.

Describe a typical term.
Each term has been very different. It depends on if you need to take any of the required courses. I had completed the courses before beginning CCQTP, so most of my terms have been focused on completing my dissertation as well as pursuing my other research interests.

What do you like best about the CCQTP?
There is a great sense of comradery in the program, among both faculty and trainees. I also like the flexibility of the program and the ability to focus on what interests me the most.

Describe the interaction you have with the faculty in the CCQTP.
My interactions with faculty have been very positive. The faculty has been more than willing to help with anything that I need. My mentoring team is supportive of my dissertation research and working with them has been extremely easy. I have found that faculty are willing to work together to get the best results.

How do you manage your time—work/family/school balance?
CCQTP allows for maximum flexibility. I complete a lot of my work at home, so I am able to work the hours that fit best for me and my family. When I was taking courses I spent most days on campus, working more typical business hours, but now that I am more focused on research I work both at campus and at home.

What is the greatest value added from the CCQTP?
The support and ability to focus on cancer topics that are most interesting to me. Everyone is willing to work with you to customize and make the experience most beneficial to you.

Is there anything you would like to tell a prospective student about the CCQTP?
It has been a great experience. The support and mentorship has allowed me to flourish as a junior researcher and it is an excellent program to start your career!

What are your plans and goals after the CCQTP?  
I am planning to continue my current research on cancer clinical trial enrollment. I am considering either completing a post-doc or going to work at a contract research firm. I am keeping my options open. I know no matter where I go or what I do, CCQTP has positioned me well and has been a great place to start my career.


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