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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."  
We should start to implement and teach telemedicine earlier in training, so that new trainees can have all the tools needed to navigate and use this modality without any fear or limitation, said Dr. Tarek Haykal.
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. 
Dr. Atlal Abusanad discusses how biases in valuing capability and potential in female oncologists has led to their underrepresentation in prominent roles. 
"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.
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.
Physician, musician, and writer Dr. Tara Rajendran explores the power of creative expression in the face of increasing levels of physician burnout.

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