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We all need to take a stand on gender equality, writes Dr. Eileen Parkes.
As an academic physician, Dr. Krisha Howell attends conferences for professional growth and networking; as a parent, one of her gating considerations is the availability of childcare. 
This program’s application period closes on September 25, so apply today if you are interested in being a leader in shaping cancer policy.
I often run into people I’ve trained, and they tell me that they hear my words in their heads when they operate, as if I’m standing beside them. And in a way, I always am.
Each year, a new wave of these pearls of advice are released onto Twitter by a wide range of physicians, from trainees to the more seasoned. Dr. Shikha Jain compiled some of her own personal tips for new docs.
Do you view crying as a weakness? Instead of feeling ashamed, own your feelings, advises Dr. Julia Close.
Dr. Stephanie Graff shares 10 powerful life lessons she's learned from practicing oncology. 
"The challenges that affect the growth of a physician are not limited to a curriculum but are also about emotional growth." Dr. Samah Nassereddine describes the growing pains of her first year of fellowship.
Dr. Jaime G. de la Garza-Salazar remembers his friend and mentor on what would have been Dr. Bisel's 100th birthday.
Drs. Margaret Gatti-Mays, Kathryn Lurain, and Fatima Karzai outline how effective mentorship and social media support can help contribute to gender equity in medical leadership positions.
FASCO is something earned through service to ASCO and to the field of oncology. One cannot apply or pay a fee to receive it.
Dr. Jane Lowe Meisel shares a first look at the program for the Women's Networking Center at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting. 
At a forum on work-life balance, Dr. Julia Close was asked, "When is the best time to have children?" There's no easy answer to this question.
ASCO would like to inform you of some changes to MOC that are a direct result of your input and our open, transparent collaboration with the ABIM. 
As scientistics, we know that data matters. Dr. Reshma Jagsi and I examine the data about gender and participation in the ASCO Annual Meeting.
A source of frustration for many doctors is the cognitive dissonance of how we want to practice medicine versus how we actually practice medicine.
The decisions the Board made will enable ASCO to define the behaviors and resources that support our professional community to achieve greater career satisfaction while delivering ever better care.

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