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There are established channels to demonstrate your productivity and follow a career path in research and practice. However, if you're passionate about education, you have to think creatively about how to carve out your niche and show your abilities.
Dr. Carolyn B. Hendricks was an early adopter of telemedicine and is confident that it has benefitted her patients, but there are three things that she misses during televisits.
"I always work hard to help my patients live as long as possible, but now I have the added goal of helping them live to see a post-pandemic world," writes Dr. Suneel D. Kamath. 
A patient thought prostate cancer surgery meant he would never have to think about cancer again, but he had not been adequately prepared for the long-term impact of his treatment choice.
My colleague and friend Ginny Mason and I discuss advocacy, "beating the odds," and her perspective 26 years out from an initial diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer.
"The post-COVID world of medicine is a place of nuance at the new, tech-driven intersection of love and science," writes Dr. Douglas B. Flora of the virtual house call.
Dr. Deborah Mukherji and Dr. Sally Temraz conducted a survey which examined representation and barriers to women oncologists in the Middle East, and surfaced ideas for improving gender parity in the field.
My own recent hospitalization led me to reflect on the profound and essential role that nurses have had on my life. They have left an indelible imprint on my subconscious, and inspired the following poem.
"The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact is immediate for people who suffered from infection, but there is also an indirect impact on people who had to defer diagnosis and treatment plans, and the consequences of these delays will likely last for years," Dr. Dawood Findakly writes.
For many of us, the necessity of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has required us to get comfortable, fast, with technology, and there are lessons learned here that will be valuable even when the pandemic ends.
Dr. Grace Blitzer, Dr. Aleksandra Kuczmarska-Haas, and Dr. Emily Merfeld describe the landscape of gender inequity in academic medicine, and a survey of women oncologists they hope will inform a more equal future for the field.
From avoiding common grant pitfalls to collaborating with a biostatician to dealing with rejection, here are my personal takeaways from ASCO and Conquer Cancer's five-part webinar series on effective grant writing.
Some of my patients with advanced disease must choose between two options: an expensive novel therapy with limited benefit or palliative care and hospice. What if there was a third way?
Dr. Mona Hassan describes the harrowing scene and the courage shown by everyone at the American University of Beirut Medical Center in the hours following the explosions at the Port of Beirut on August 4.
ASCO president Dr. Lori J. Pierce and I discuss her background, her presidential theme, and ASCO efforts related to health equity and representation.
Is the first year after fellowship the hardest year of an oncology career? Dr. Katrina Winsnes discusses 3 challenges of that career stage, and strategies to use when the going gets tough.
Hospitals and clinics are restricting visitors to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19, but this precaution can be difficult for family caregivers who are struggling to get the information they need to help their loved ones.

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