Student & Resident Resources

ASCO aims to support physician education to ensure that the growing patient population receives the highest quality of care. To achieve this goal, ASCO provides medical students and residents with free membership as well as access to specialized opportunities and resources.

Happening Now!

The ASCO Medical Student & Resident Abstract Forum is now accepting applications! This is an opportunity for medical students & residents to present their oncology-related research and receive feedback on their presentation skills in an intimate venue.

Click here to view the submission guidelines.

Please visit ASCO’s SurveyMonkey Apply to submit your abstract. Abstracts must be uploaded using this template, also linked in SurveyMonkey Apply.

Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM EST, Monday, February 20, 2023

Grants & Research Development

Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations

The Medical Student Rotation (MSR) provides financial support for U.S. medical students from populations underrepresented in medicine and who are interested in oncology as a career to experience a minimum 4-week clinical or clinical research rotation. The oncology rotation can take place in private practice, hospital, or academic settings, with a focus on either direct patient care or research, provided that the research is clinically oriented. View more information.

Abstract Forum for Medical Students & Residents

View the program from the In-Person Abstract Forum at the 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting. 

View the program from the 2022 Virtual Abstract Forum.

Call for abstracts for the 2023 In-person and Virtual Medical Student & Resident Abstract Forums will open in late 2022.


Diversity Mentoring Program

The ASCO Diversity Mentoring Program is designed to encourage U.S.-based medical students and residents who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM) to pursue rewarding careers in oncology. The program seeks to educate physicians in training about rewarding careers in oncology by fostering relationships with mentors who can provide career and educational guidance and serve as a professional resource. View more information.

Situational Mentoring

One-time, one-on-one meetings are available for physicians-in-training to meet with oncology trainees and experienced oncologists to receive training and career advice. Virtual meeting opportunities are offered throughout the year and in-person meetings are offered in the Trainee & Early Career Lounge at the ASCO Annual Meeting.

Education & Career Resources

Oncology Student Interest Group (OSIG) Program

ASCO is committed to supporting the next generation of cancer care providers through the Oncology Student Interest Group (OSIG) program. An Oncology Student Interest Group is an organized group of medical students and/or residents who share a common interest in the field of oncology and meet regularly to learn more about cancer, patient care, and pursuing a career in oncology. ASCO’s goals are to connect interest groups from across the country and to provide resources to physicians in training who are interested in oncology. OSIG program benefits include:

  • Access to situational mentoring opportunities with oncologists and oncology trainees
  • Access to networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to submit research to a medical student and resident Abstract Forum at the ASCO Annual Meeting
  • Access to complimentary student registration to the ASCO Annual Meeting
  • NOTE: In addition to the benefits listed above, groups can submit a budget in the application to also be considered for funds that may be used for activities/events that support the group-at-large (food for an event, supplies for a fundraiser, etc.).

Click here to view the 2022-2023 OSIG roster. Applications will re-open in Summer 2023.

If your institution does not currently have an organized oncology interest group and you are interested in starting one, please reference the Starting an OSIG Guide.

Specialized Sessions

ASCO offers specialized sessions in both a live and virtual format throughout the year. The Trainee and Early-Career Oncologist Member Lounge hosts informal panel talks, roundtable discussions, one-on-one mentoring meetings, and small-group Guided Poster Walks designed to help attendees make the most of their Annual Meeting experience, explore career and research options in oncology and network with leaders in the field.


MyConnection Member Community

ASCO has created an online community for medical student and resident members, and you are invited to join! As a member of this community, you can participate in discussions with peers and receive frequent updates on ASCO’s activities, resources, and programs for physicians-in-training. Join the Medical Student and Resident Community.

Random Quote

"Precision medicine has begun to transform the lives of many patients with cancer, but its application in clinical practice is enormously complex. ASCO hopes to contribute to and advance the field by providing oncologists with the training, tools, and data they need."
Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO
ASCO Chief Medical Officer