ESMO 2014: Young Oncologists Track
The Young Oncologist (YO) Track Sessions are specially designed by young oncologists for young oncologists and initiated by the ESMO Young Oncologist Committee. The sessions are educational and cover topics which are highly relevant to YOs in their daily practice and/or research activities.
YO Track sessions are always very popular and well attended, and for good reasons: not only do attendees acquire a deeper knowledge on key aspects, but the sessions also provide attendees with a platform for networking with other oncology professionals.
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Young Oncologists Sessions
The YO Masterclass, chaired by Raffaele Califano (UK ) and Leticia De Mattos-Arruda (ES) was this year organised in collaboration with the European Association for Cancer Research, and featured four speakers from across Europe discussing exciting areas where basic science is being integrated into clinical research.
- ESMO Young Oncologists meet the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR): Integrating basic science into clinical research
- Functional characterisation of tumours using patient-derived models - therapeutic implications (Joan Seoane, Spain)
- Inter and intra-tumour genetic heterogeneity: Challenges for targeted therapy (Carlos Caldas, UK)
- Circulating biomarkers: What does this mean today? (Klaus Pantel, Germany)
- Next generation of clinical trial design (Timothy Yap, UK)
Paving your own path to success
This year’s Vesalius Talk gave YOs the opportunity to learn about how KOLs carved their own paths to success, and receive frank advice from experts with the aim of inspiring them to make the right professional decisions. The Vesalius Talk is a rare opportunity for a direct discussion between young oncologists and key opinion leaders in the field of medical oncology.
YO Breakfast sessions
Practical, personal and professional development tips for young oncologists – educational sessions for the early birds! The breakfast sessions not only offered a full Spanish breakfast, but are proven to be extremely useful for delegates to learn about tried and tested approaches to developing skills that they can adopt for improving their own academic careers. Sessions are delivered in a relaxed and friendly environment with the opportunity to asks questions and enter in to discussion.
- How to address the media: Practical advice for young oncologists (Jilly Carter, UK)
- How to find the right work-life balance: Time management for young oncologists (Pia Osterlund, Finland)
- Risks and boundaries: The doctor / cancer patient relationship (Lesley Fallowfield, UK)
The speakers at the YO Forum gave hints and tips on how to find the perfect mentor, along with writing tricks relevant to early career cancer researchers.
Tips and tricks for cancer researchers in training
- The ideal mentor and the impact on your career (Peter Schmid, UK)
- Practical advice on how to write a clinical trial protocol (Fausto Roila, Italy)
- The importance of a well written grant application (Fatima Carodoso Portugal)
- Research project completed – now write your paper! (Kari Skinningsrud, Norway)
YO Special Session
The fellowship session this year featured presentations by two previous ESMO fellows, who were chosen from a competition open to recent fellowship recipients. Some practical advise from a former fellow, YOC member Leticia De Matos-Arruda (ES), were added to the detailed overview of available ESMO Fellowship.
Fellowships in Europe: Educational opportunities for Young Oncologists
- Introduction (Giampaolo Tortura, Italy)
- The ESMO Fellowship Programme (Susana Banerjee, UK)
- Practical tips from a former fellow (Leticia De Matos-Arruda, Spain)
- Best fellowship project 1 (Floriana Morgillo, Italy) Read her fellowship report
- Best fellowship project 2 (Hatem Azim, Belgium) Read his fellowship report
- Conclusions (Raffaele Califano, UK)
Awards: Presentation of the 2014 fellows and best ESMO examination 2013
Abstract Presentation – Survey on Professional Burnout in European Young Oncologists
- Professional Burnout in European Young Oncologists: a European Survey conducted by the ESMO Young Oncologists Committee
Presented by Susana Banerjee (UK), member of the Young Oncologists Committee. Part of Proffered Paper session: Issues facing oncologists today (Abstract number 1081O_PR)