ESMO 2017: 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 (YOC). 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.

Here below, you can find the overview of the 2017 YO Track which was packed with practical tips, information and take home messages from other young oncologists, those who have recently walked the career path you are on now, and senior key opinion leaders.

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I am proud and happy to be chairing the ESMO 2017 Young Oncologists Track. The Young Oncologists Committee has taken great care to propose interesting sessions for all our young colleagues: from medical students to fully-qualified oncologists.
This year’s track is richer and more varied than ever before. We have again included a Mentorship Session, which this year also includes basic science; the Masterclass is dedicated to excellence in clinical research, while one of the Brunch Sessions will include a case discussion involving the audience.
I am very much looking forward to the lectures, discussions and networking opportunities that will take place in Madrid!

Matthias Preusser:
YOC chair 2016-2017

YO Masterclass

Sunday, 10 September 2017, 14:15-17:15 – Cartagena Auditorium

ESMO 2016 Young Oncologist Masterclass

The YO Masterclass, chaired by Matthias Preusser, AT (YOC chair and YO Track chair) and Leticia De Mattos-Arruda, ES (YOC member and Flims Alumni Club steering committee president), was organised in collaboration with the ECCO-AACR-EORTC-ESMO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, and featured four speakers from across Europe discussing excellence in clinical research for young oncologists.

Young oncologists and excellence in clinical research: ESMO YOC meets Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop – MCCR

  • Understanding the design of clinical trials: Where to start? - Johann de Bono, UK
  • Incorporation of immuno-biomarkers and immunotherapy in clinical trials - Ignacio Melero, ES
  • Incorporation of genomics in clinical trials - Fabrice André, FR
  • Perspectives in clinical trials for the next decade - Stefan Sleijfer, NL 

Vesalius Talk

Sunday, 10 September 2017, 17:30-19:15 - Foyer Ibiza

ESMO 2016 Young Oncologist Vesalius

The Vesalius Talk is an excellent opportunity for a direct discussion between young oncologists and more senior opinion leaders in the field of medical oncology. The 2017 Vesalius Talk gave YOs the chance to learn about how previous YOC members have benefitted from their involvement in ESMO to allow them to evolve in the oncology profession, allowing the audience to ask practical advice from the panel. ESMO Executive Board member Christoph Zielinski, AT moderated the session which had been extended to one hour, followed by networking and refreshments.

How active participation in ESMO has impacted my career  


  • Erika Martinelli, IT
  • Raffaele Califano, UK
  • Evandro de Azambuja, BE

YO Brunch Sessions

9, 10 and 11 September 2017, 11:00 - 11:45, Salamanca Auditorium

Practical, personal and professional development tips for YOs during a late morning brunch slot (snack is provided. These sessions delivered in a relaxed and friendly environment with the opportunity to asks questions and enter a discussion, are extremely useful for delegates to learn about tried and tested approaches to developing skills that they can adopt for improving their own academic careers.

  • Saturday: Communicating with cancer patients in the era of personalised medicine
  • Sunday: Burn out in young oncologists: How can we combat it?
  • Monday: Critically ill cancer patients: Patient selection for admission to ICU

YO Mentorship Session

Monday, 11 September 2017, 09:30-10:30 – Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 (North Centre)

ESMO 2016 Young Oncologist Mentorship

Following the success in the ESMO Congress 2016, this session was extended to include this year the topic of Basic Science, in collaboration with EACR. Pre-registration was required to attend and discuss educational and career development choices with leading oncology experts. Key opinion leaders shared their experience and vision, both professional and personal, in an informal setting encouraging open conversation with mentors and peers.

Your choice of career path in oncology          

  • topic 1: Clinical oncology and palliative care        
  • topic 2: Clinical and translational research            
  • topic 3: Industry as a career path                 
  • topic 4: Basic Science     

YO Special Session – Fellowships in Europe: Educational opportunities for Young Oncologists      

Monday, 11 September 2017, 14:15-15:45 – Salamanca Auditorium

ESMO 2016 Young Oncologist Fellowship

The fellowship session featured presentations by two previous ESMO fellows, who were chosen from a competition open to recent fellowship recipients. Practical advice from a former fellow, Valentina Gambardella (ES) and career-impact details from YOC member Leticia De Matos-Arruda (ES), was added to the detailed overview of available ESMO Fellowship and the ESMO Leaders Generation Programme overview. The 2017 research fellowships awardees and the Best Exam Award 2016 were presented at the end of the session.

YO Forum

Monday, 11 September 2017, 16:00-17:30, Salamanca Auditorium

ESMO 2016 Young Oncologist Forum

This session gave hints and tips on the professional skills in time and team management, finding the right mentor and making the most of your career opportunities.

Management skills that help you organise your everyday life in oncology

  • How to profit from opportunities in a competitive environment - Erika Martinelli, IT
  • Time management: Handling priorities and necessities - Evandro de Azambuja, BE
  • Finding a mentor - Rolf Stahel, CH
  • Leadership: How to run a complex team - Christoph Zielinski, AT

New sessions in 2017

YO Session for Medical Students and new Physicians

Saturday, 9 September 2017, 15:00-16:00 - Room 55

The ESMO Congress 2016 included an informal educational poster walk proposed to students from the 2016 ESMO-ESO Student Course on Medical Oncology as well as local Danish medical students. In 2017, the programme included a session especially dedicated to this member group, chaired by ESMO Educational Committee chair Andrés Cervantes. It started off with practical information followed by a poster walk to view and comment on some of the posters presented at the congress. The limited available seats were distributed on first come, first served basis.

  • ESMO-ESO Medical Students Course - Andrés Cervantes, ES              
  • How to prepare and present your first poster at a congress - Anna Berghoff, AT
  • Poster walk - Matthias Preusser, AT, Michiel Strijbos, BE and Mila Petrova, BG

YO Special Session - Clinical cases of solid tumours: Discussion Forum for Practicing and Young Oncologists

Saturday, 9 September 2017, 9:30-10:30 – Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 (North Centre)

The YOC introduced a new type of session in 2017 in collaboration with the Practicing Oncologists Committee. It was a highly interactive round tables discussions on clinical cases on solid tumours, for a small group of attendees. The expert presenters in each of the 3 topics  exposed scenarios and guided the discussion along with a YOC member coordinator. Pre-registration was required to this session which was chaired by YOC member Claudia Cardone, IT.

  • topic 1: Metastatic colorectal cancer clinical case discussion - Erika Martinelli, IT
  • topic 2: Unknown primary carcinoma clinical case discussion - George Pentheroudakis, GR             
  • topic 3: Breast cancer, adjuvant setting, clinical case discussion - Olivia Pagani, CH