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Dr. Arjun Gupta pens an homage to his mentor Dr. Ross Donehower, whose emphasis on patient experience, quality of life, and civility continues to set an example for the next generation of oncology leaders.
"I thought I was going through winter blues until one morning when a surprising thought occurred to me. I was thinking of quitting oncology," said Dr. Atlal Abusanad.
Do you need to do an advanced fellowship? Dr. Samer Al Hadidi explores the opportunities and drawbacks, and acknowledges that in the current system, the answer is, "It depends."  
In this new year we must remain alert to our own prejudices, and be vigilant about keeping our personal biases out of the charts and out of our discussions with colleagues, patients, and caregivers. 
It was clear to chief medical officer Dr. Richard L. Schilsky that ASCO would be his professional home throughout his career. He shares reflections on the role of the Society ahead of his retirement, after 8 years as CMO, in February.
"It is far too common that patients with less access to care or different skin color or unfamiliar language are assumed to not understand," writes Dr. Jacquelyne Gaddy. "Maybe it is in fact that we didn’t take the time to understand."
Feeling the mid-academic year slump? Here are a few tips based on my own ongoing attempts to strike a balance between my clinical duties and my scholarly activities during fellowship. 
If you're increasingly tired of "hopping on another call," "sending a Zoom invite," or "unmuting yourself," Dr. Aakash Desai and Dr. Ariela Marshall offer tips and empathy for managing videoconference fatigue in the new year.
"As trainees," said Dr. Jonathan Berry and Dr. Aakash Desai, "the pandemic has radically transformed the fellowship experience from what we had envisioned across the three pillars of modern medicine: education, research, and patient care."
Dr. Samer Al Hadidi considers whether hematology/oncology training should be decoupled into two fully independent areas of study, and how that new structure might look for future trainees.
As 2020 begins to wind down, members reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as how they intend move care forward into the new year. 
With the inability to attend an in-person ASCO Annual Meeting this year, I finally joined Twitter last May mainly to follow the #ASCO20 updates. Here are my thoughts on social media, 5 months later.
An OSIG is "an ideal opportunity for us to be active in public health, advocacy, leadership, and education with a major focus on cancer prevention and screening, increasing the quality of life of patients and their families, as well as healthy living," writes Ms. Duaa Kanan.
There are established channels to demonstrate your productivity and follow a career path in research and practice. However, if you're passionate about education, you have to think creatively about how to carve out your niche and show your abilities.
Dr. Deborah Mukherji and Dr. Sally Temraz conducted a survey which examined representation and barriers to women oncologists in the Middle East, and surfaced ideas for improving gender parity in the field.
For many of us, the necessity of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has required us to get comfortable, fast, with technology, and there are lessons learned here that will be valuable even when the pandemic ends.
Dr. Grace Blitzer, Dr. Aleksandra Kuczmarska-Haas, and Dr. Emily Merfeld describe the landscape of gender inequity in academic medicine, and a survey of women oncologists they hope will inform a more equal future for the field.
From avoiding common grant pitfalls to collaborating with a biostatician to dealing with rejection, here are my personal takeaways from ASCO and Conquer Cancer's five-part webinar series on effective grant writing.

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