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Dr. Samer Al Hadidi shares a personal story about the struggles he encountered during his first year of fellowship as he coped with the loss of his father.
It is encouraging and enlightening to know that breast cancer awareness campaigns are being conducted all over the world, even in countries troubled with major political and military conflicts.
The Hem-Onc Fellows Network is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in hematology-oncology, said Mrs. Andrea Anampa-Guzmán, Dr. Muhammad Salman Faisal, and Dr. Aakash Desai. 
In Volume 3 of his series, Dr. Dawood Findakly provides guidance on the virtual fellowship interview process. 
When a patient comes to me for help with a problem, I am often the one who learns a life lesson in grace and humanity.
As physicians previously operating in a relatively well-resourced health care system, the transition to crisis has been difficult on all levels, according to Dr. Mona Ali Hassan, Dr. Deborah Mukherji, and Dr. Ali Taher. 
Dr. Atlal Abusanad discusses how biases in valuing capability and potential in female oncologists has led to their underrepresentation in prominent roles. 
My colleague and friend Christine McGinn discusses the experience of caregiving for her brother, and the lessons she now brings to her own practice.
"I think of my fellowship studies as a series of layers—every time I do well at one layer, I am ready to move to the next one," said Dr. Tarek Haykal.
There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in cancer research, with so much knowledge to support our explorations and so many pressing questions still to answer.
"COVID-19 has taught us how we can both live in the present and focus on the future; how we can make the most out of our time, regardless of our physical condition," said Dr. Hilde M. Buiting.
Fostering connections with colleagues, mentors, and family is a first step to finding balance during the transition from fellowship to early career, according to Dr. Camila Bragança Xavier.
"IMGs should be seen for who they are as doctors and as people, rather than as a visa status, a pedigree, or an application," Dr. Tarek Haykal writes.
In Volume 2 of his series, Dr. Dawood Findakly provides guidance for those who want to construct an impeccable fellowship application. 
Physician, musician, and writer Dr. Tara Rajendran explores the power of creative expression in the face of increasing levels of physician burnout.
Dr. Nizar Bitar and I review the 2021 Best of ASCO Lebanon meeting, which featured an extraordinary faculty from all over the globe and our talented colleagues here in Lebanon.
July is a time of new beginnings and transitions in academic medicine. As I wrapped up my fellowship, I thought often of the adage: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

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