ASCO Launches New Publication for Oncology Trainees and Early-Career Professionals

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Marcia S. Brose, MD, PhD

It’s important for the younger audience to be engaged and connected, and ASCO Connection: Trainee & Early-Career Oncologists is an ideal opportunity, with the ability to write, blog, and network.

—Marcia S. Brose, MD, PhD

In February 2014, ASCO launched a new member publication, ASCO Connection: Trainee & Early-Career Oncologists. This quarterly magazine-style publication is dedicated to topics of interest to medical students, interns, residents, fellows, and junior faculty.

All ASCO Student/Non-Oncology Resident Members, Members in Training, and Full Members eligible for discounted dues have direct access to the interactive digital edition as a member benefit, delivered each quarter in a dedicated email with links to new articles and related expert commentary on U.S.-based members in these categories also receive the print edition by mail.

“I hear nothing but positive feedback” about the publication, said
Marcia S. Brose, MD, PhD, of Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and 2013-2014 Chair of the ASCO Career Development Subcommittee. “Personally, I like to read the print version—I take it to lunch and enjoy being unplugged—but the online version is great too. It’s important for the younger audience to be engaged and connected, and ASCO Connection: Trainee & Early-Career Oncologists is an ideal opportunity, with the ability to write, blog, and network.”

Focused Topics for the Next Generation of Oncology Leaders

Topics covered in the first three issues include professional development, grants and awards, career paths in oncology, board preparation, and work/life balance, as well as news on ASCO programs and member achievements. Contributors represent established members of the field as well as members currently engaged in their training and first professional experiences. Articles, such as those highlighted in the sidebar, provide practical advice for professional success in oncology that can be implemented immediately.

Every issue features interviews with Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO grant and award recipients, as well as ASCO members in diverse career paths discussing their professional journeys. Career paths highlighted include community practice, industry, and physician-educator/training program director.

Each issue also includes board preparation multiple-choice questions from the latest edition of ASCO-SEP®, the Society’s self-evaluation program, to help readers assess their oncology knowledge. Full rationales and additional reading are available online at for further study. Covered subject areas currently include breast cancer, molecular biology, lung cancer, symptom management, genitourinary cancers, and leukemias, with new subjects covered in each issue.

Promote Professional Accomplishments

Readers are invited to share and celebrate their professional successes in ASCO Connection: Trainee & Early-Career Oncologists’ regular “Member Achievements” column. Highlight a new job, promotion, award, grant, publication, or other success story by emailing (please include a high-resolution digital headshot).

Read the latest issues of ASCO Connection: Trainee & Early-Career Oncologists online at, where you can comment on articles, read commentary by ASCO leaders, and network with colleagues and other ASCO members. ■

© 2014. American Society of Clinical Oncology. All rights reserved.


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