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Dr. Tara Rajendran honors two women who, through their kindness and thoughtful attention, shaped her professional path from an early age.
HemOncFellows Network organized an online discussion to address the common questions that hematology-oncology fellowship applicants have after submitting their fellowship application.
Dr. Paula Isabel G. Franco participated in the ASCO IDEA program to build a community and support her goal of ending the fear of cancer in her home country.
Participants in a HemOncFellows Network session on fellowship applications answer common questions about visas, obtaining letters of recommendation, crafting the personal statement and ERAS CV, interviewing, and more.
When Lily Sandblom participated in the ASCO Virtual Mentoring Program, "what developed over the next 12 months was a meaningful and beneficial mentorship that spanned states and time zones," she said.
As the first trainee in his fellowship program to utilize the newly instituted ACGME parental leave policy last year, Dr. Jon Steinmetz felt torn.
"As our field evolves, we must consider how we are training the next generation of hematologists and oncologists and whether that training is keeping pace with today’s rapidly changing and more subspecialized practice landscape," according to Dr. Matthew Kurian.
Whether you participate in person in Chicago, watch sessions online, or keep up with the meeting outcomes and conversations on social media (or any combination of these), I hope the ASCO Annual Meeting leaves you feeling inspired and, above all, connected.
The ASCO Journals Editorial Fellowship changed Dr. Mona Hassan's perspective on the publication process.
"Leadership is not a single quality. Leadership consists of a series of actions you take, such as respecting others, taking responsibility, communicating to share values and goals, [and] motivating and inspiring others," said Dr. Kaori Tane.
We cannot self-care our way out of the current structural failures in our health care system that contribute to burnout. We can and must do better for our learners and for our workforce.
Dr. Michael LaPelusa shares his recent start-to-finish experience going through the Fellowship Match, with tips for preparing your application, interviewing, and telling your unique professional story.
Four geriatric oncology experts answer five questions about the field, including what oncology trainees need to know, how to pursue consolidated training, and why geriatric oncology is a meaningful and rewarding career.
Dr. Khalid El Bairi was invited to participate in the International Summit of Health Professionals in Pakistan, a country he only knew from the news and nature documentaries. The visit challenged his perceptions and allowed him to make valuable connections.
"Beyond my captivation with cancer biology, what ultimately draws me to the field of oncology is people," said Andres F. Diaz. 
If you enjoy building relationships, lifelong learning, and a job where every day is different, a career in community oncology might be a good fit for you, according to Drs. Muhammad Salman Faisal, Aakash Desai, Rahul Gosain, and Rohit Gosain.
At every transition point in my career, the most difficult aspect has always been the quest to find a community, to fit in, and to create a semblance of a home.
When you are building a research career in a country with limited infrastructure and opportunities, you must have the courage to blaze your own trail, and trust that success will follow, said Dr. Khalid El Bairi.

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