Seattle Children’s Hospital, the University of Washington, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are all robust and independent institutions with their own unique cultures. This is a great benefit when it comes to learning a wide diversity of perspectives and expertise, having a stunning variety of research programs and tracks to choose from, and having an open door to not just one great medical institution but three.
Despite our institutions’ unique natures, they remain interconnected in their clinical and research missions. Participants in our fellowship program benefit from this collaboration and connection. For starters, Seattle Children’s, the UW, and Fred Hutch united to form the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a comprehensive cancer therapy alliance. Our three institutions also form the Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium. This Consortium, which is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, brings together over 400 faculty with research interests in basic, clinical, and public health sciences related to cancer. In addition, the federally funded Institute of Translation Health Science was developed to help researchers obtain the education, resources and collaborations necessary to translate discoveries into practice. The Institute is a partnership among the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and other local institutions dedicated to improving human health. The ITHS is a unique resource for our faculty and fellow trainees, allows access to collaborators, research infrastructure and a comprehensive seminar and training program in research statistics, research regulatory policies and bioethics.
Our three institutions are all within a few miles of each other. It’s a short drive from one place to another, or you can also bike, use easy public transportation, or use dedicated shuttle buses which run many times a day between the Children’s clinical campus, research institute, the UW and the Hutchinson Center.