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There has never been a more pertinent moment for all of us to consider how we can engage with colleagues in other countries to solve the problems of cancer. 
Dr. Anna M Laucis discusses the landscape and future opportunities for narrative medicine, along with her own explorations in original artwork and poetry.
The weeks following the ASCO Annual Meeting always feel like a bit of a reset, as we emerge energized from connecting with friends and colleagues.
Establishing a reputation of humility, collegiality, and kindness ensures that people can seek you out earlier than later, which can prevent many complications and delays in care.
Dr. Khalid El Bairi reports on the educational presentations and exciting directions for future research from a recent event organized by young professionals in Taroudant, Morocco.
At the launch of an innovative partnership to combine medical oncology, hematology, and hospice and palliative medicine into a single fellowship program, Dr. Ramy Sedhom shares perspectives on the value of combined training and the critical function of this new training pathway.
As you begin fellowship, "the sheer amount of new knowledge you’re expected to learn [is] like being handed and expected to read a book in a language you barely know," writes Dr. Matthew Kurian.
Dr. Khalid El Bairi advises early-career researchers in low- and middle-income countries to focus first on learning universal methodology, then on targeted training for specific projects.
In a planned series of five articles, Dr. Khalid El Bairi will share his career journey as a young cancer researcher in an LMIC and propose recommendations to enhance research in resource-limited settings.
Dr. Narmin Talibova shares her journey as the first International Development and Education Award recipient from Azerbaijan and how the award is helping her improve cancer care in her home country.
I have been to many white coat ceremonies for medical students at my own institution, but this year, I had the joy of attending my son's white coat ceremony.
Dr. Asmi Chattaraj, Dr. Muhammad Salman Faisal, and Dr. Faiz Anwer share takeaways and answer questions from an online discussion on how fellows can have a successful and rewarding experience by mentoring others.
Dr. Dawood Findakly and Dr. Kevin Gallagher discuss an important resource in continuing education from different angles. 
We need authentic and honest conversations about professional failures. I was fortunate to have one with Dr. Fawzi Abu Rous.
Dr. Anghel Adrian Udrea began his career in Romania at a time when professional opportunities were limited, and he has spent 3 decades working to make a difference for the next generation of Romanian oncologists.
Being recognized for your work feels great, and it also presents an opportunity for reflection on what came before and gratitude for those who have supported your journey.
Transitions are hard in a medical career, especially as the holidays approach, but you can offer colleagues the gift of a listening ear and a safe space. 
In an original poem, Dr. Alankrita Taneja evokes a lesson learned from her patients on "the hard spiritual truth about living each day and each moment as it comes while surrendering control of the outcome."  

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