Who We Are
The Livestrong Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School has a powerful mission: to rethink the full range of cancer care, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and end-of-life care — all with a focus on the patient’s needs, values and preferences. The team puts this person-centered approach to practice at UT Health Austin, using a model called CaLM (Cancer Life reiMagined) to deliver compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care. As part of the approach, the Livestrong Cancer Institutes has launched the OnTrack Cancer Research and Career Enhancement Education Pipeline to introduce learners to cancer and research as young as middle school-aged students.
What We’re Fundraising For
The Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) introduces high school juniors and seniors who identify as female to cancer including biology, research and care. Through this one of a kind program, the LCI addresses the lack of women in the fields of science, medicine and oncology by offering students an opportunity to learn about the various careers available to them. They receive leadership training and discuss the many challenges women face in their careers. Students have an opportunity to work in research labs and clinics, and with patients, physicians, researchers and the community. In 2020, the LCI plans to expand the SHE program to more students.
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) provides a hands-on, educational experience for college students. The SURF Program hosts 20 undergraduate students from across the United States to work closely with cancer researchers at Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin. SURF introduces students to cancer research by matching participants to a principal investigator based on their individual interests. Students will work closely with their mentor on an independent cancer research project. Throughout the summer, students will identify a topic or problem and use the scientific method to approach a solution. At the conclusion of the summer, students will compete in a poster presentation competition. Students also attend a lecture series to learn more about cancer subspecialties.
In March of 2020, the LCI will launch Cancer Uncovered: An Education and Empowerment Podcast, a teaching tool that will address various topics in medical oncology and research today. The first episode will present a day in the life of a medical oncologist where listeners will learn the daily functions performed by a physician in and out of the clinic and research space.