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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.”
Dr. Jennifer Temel and Dr. Daniel E. Lage discuss building a career in cancer symptom management research.
Dr. Samer Al Hadidi shares how a clear strategy may help to choose the best conference/s to attend according to interest and/or availability. 
It seems obvious to me that if we talk about the side effects of treatment to patients, we should talk about all the side effects, including sexual changes.
The weeks following the ASCO Annual Meeting are always a time of transition as we synthesize new knowledge. That feeling of flux is heightened this year as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Smriti Rana pursued a career in palliative care in part due to her mother's death from cervical cancer. "21 years later, another woman I love has died in the same excruciating agony, in spite of all the apparent medical advancements," she said.
Dr. Dawood Findakly shares a meaningful farewell to his residency program at The Creighton University School of Medicine (Phoenix) Program and offers tips that will help incoming residents as they start their training.
ASCO’s delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) recently met virtually with the AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD), with a focus on payment reform models. 
Dr. Muhammad Rafiqul Islam describes the enormous challenge of ensuring optimal cancer treatment for patients and guiding the future medical oncologists of Bangladesh.
In his new series, Dr. Dawood Findakly provides insights to help determine future medical careers and subspecialty selection by utilizing concepts he learned throughout his career. 
According to Dr. Aakash Desai and Dr. Turab Mohammed, the pandemic has emphasized one of the most challenging yet quintessential skills needed for a health care provider: the ability to break bad news compassionately to families.
Dr. Shaalan Beg and I discuss the difficulties of navigating situations in which our duty to be honest to the person we treat abuts another's cultural or social norms.
Being recognized based on my social media presence can be a little creepy, but there are certainly really good reasons for health care professionals to be active on these platforms.
Dr. Alankrita Taneja watched from afar as her grandfather's health declined in parallel with the health care system in New Delhi during the devastating second wave of COVID-19 in India.
Although clinician-educator is still a less traditional academic track in many organizations, there is a growing community of dedicated leaders in this field.
Dr. Dawood Findakly shares a letter about his greatest inspiration. "I learned from her how to always work hard to manage any condition patients might be presented with to decrease their pain and help them cope with their illness." 

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