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Cancer Research Training & Education Coordination (CRTEC)

The education and training of the next generation of cancer researchers and leaders is a Yale Cancer Center strategic priority. As such, the Cancer Research Training & Education Coordination (CRTEC) focuses on establishing YCC as a center of training excellence for diverse trainees in basic, translational, clinical, and population science cancer research. With a strong history of providing infrastructure and funding for research training across disciplines, YCC-supported education efforts have played a crucial role in the success of trainees at various stages of their careers, from high school students to senior faculty. CRTEC utilizes the resources of Yale School of Medicine (YSM), Yale School of Public Health (YSPH), and Yale University to advance its activities through the CRTEC Office to align the priorities of YCC and YSM and foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) and the Plan to Enhance Diversity (PED) to create an inclusive and diverse training environment, establish a training pipeline with community engagement, and promote career growth through mentorship.

Yale CRTEC involves all YCC Research Programs and Clinical Research Teams. CRTEC is led by Harriet Kluger, MD, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and of Dermatology, who serves as the Associate Director for Education, Training, and Faculty Development. The CRTEC Council, led by Dr. Kluger and co-led by Michael Hurwitz, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology), and David Stern, PhD, Professor of Pathology, serves as an internal advisory committee and collaborative forum for cancer education and training efforts within the center and across the institution. The Council comprises members from various disciplines and backgrounds, including Akiko Iwasaki, PhD, Professor of Immunobiology, Alfred Lee, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Hematology),Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, Diane Krause, MD, PhD, Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Xiaomei Ma, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Co-Director of the T32-funded program in Cancer Epidemiology, Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine), of Epidemiology (Chronic Disease) and of Public Health (Social And Behavioral Sciences) & Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine), YCC Associate Director for COE, and Faye Rogers, PhD, Associate Professor of Therapeutic Radiology, YCC Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The CRTEC Office is directed by Meina Wang, PhD.