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Trainee & Fellow Resources

ASCO supports oncology trainees and early career oncologists by offering free Member-in-Training membership to oncology trainees and discounted Full Member membership dues for oncologists within their first 3 years post oncology subspecialty training. The specialized ASCO early career programs and resources that are available to ASCO Members-in-Training and Early Career Members are outlined below. View other ASCO membership benefits.

Grants & Research Development

  • Conquer Cancer Grants & Awards: Conquer Cancer offers grants and awards to support young investigators in their clinical and translational cancer research endeavors. View more information and available funding opportunities.
  • Merit Awards: Trainees with high-quality abstracts who are accepted to present at ASCO live meetings can receive $1,000 and complimentary registration. Trainees can apply for a Merit Award during the abstract submission process. View more information.
  • FDA/ASCO Fellows’ Day Workshop: A daylong workshop that provides domestic trainees with an introduction to the U.S. FDA and the oncology drug and device regulatory process. Details on scheduled workshops and upcoming application cycles will be shared with training programs as they are available.
  • Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop: In partnership with AACR, ASCO offers this week-long workshop covering the essentials of clinical trial protocol development annually. The Workshop is open to oncology trainees and junior faculty within 5 years of their oncology subspecialty training. View more information.

Education & Career Development

  • ASCO-SEP Digital Subscription: A self-assessment bundle available to Oncology Trainees and Training Program Directors. 
  • Medical Oncology In-Training Exam: Test your medical oncology knowledge and see how you compare to other fellows in the U.S. in this multiple-choice exam.
  • Job Search Support: ASCO offers an online Career Center for job seekers to review and apply for open positions at organizations across the country. 
  • Specialized Sessions: ASCO offers specialized sessions in both a live and virtual format throughout the year. At the ASCO Annual Meeting, the Trainee & Early Career Lounge offers a full program of early career-focused sessions. Throughout the year, virtual sessions are offered on various career development and job search support topics.
  • Grant Writing Video SeriesLearn the essentials of effective grant writing and application development through a series of topical videocasts developed by experts and past Conquer Cancer grant recipients.

Mentoring

  • Virtual Mentoring Program: Year-long structured mentorship program available to trainee and early career members. Mentees are paired with a more experienced oncologist, and the pair work together to address the mentee’s goals through virtual meetings and ASCO mentoring workshops.
  • Situational Mentoring: One-time, one-on-one meetings are available for trainee and early career members to meet with a more experienced oncologist to receive 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.
  • ASCO Journals Trainee Reviewer Mentoring Program: Every year, each ASCO journal pairs selected mentees with experienced journal reviewer mentors. This opportunity is designed to help trainees and early career professionals enhance their peer-reviewing skills and submit supervised team reviews to the journals. View more information.
  • ASCO Journals Editorial Fellowship: This fellowship is designed to provide trainees and early career professionals (within 1-year post-subspecialty training) with a broader understanding of the scientific publishing process through one one-on-one mentorship with editors, as well as through hands-on experiences in peer review and publishing of medical research manuscripts.

Engagement

  • myConnection Online Community: Stay up to date on ASCO’s offerings and engage in discussion with other trainee and early career members through this online platform. Access the community here.
  • Volunteer With ASCO: Volunteer service provides the opportunity to shape ASCO’s direction and network with other members. Trainee and early career members are eligible to apply for volunteer service across all ASCO initiatives. View more information and complete a volunteer application.
  • Trainee & Early Career (TEC) Advisory Group: ASCO has a volunteer group for trainee and early career members, the Trainee & Early Career Advisory Group, that helps steer ASCO's events and initiatives for students, fellows/trainees, and early career oncologists. Please indicate Trainee & Early Career Development as part of your ASCO volunteer application to be considered for this group. Click here to view the 2022-2023 TEC Advisory Group roster.

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"At ASCO, there's a place for everyone from every corner of oncology and the world."
Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO
ASCO CEO 2006-2016