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An exciting, intensive course designed for the future leaders in our profession in the Asia-Pacific region

ESMO Leaders Generation Programme Asia 2023-2024

We are happy to announce the participants of the ESMO Leaders Generation Programme Asia 2023-2024:

Vivek Agarwala, India; Prabhat Bhargava, India; Gin Wai Gerry Kwok, Hong Kong SAR, China; Rashid Lui, Hong Kong SAR, China; Margarida Matias, New Caledonia; Dung Nguyen, Vietnam; Mary Antonette Ong, Philippines; Omali Pitiyarachchi, Australia; Vijay Kumar Srinivasalu, Brunei Darussalam; Madeleine Strach, Australia; Aaron Tan, Singapore; Rogelio Velasco, Philippines; Sobia Yaqub, Pakistan; Changhoon Yoo, Republic of Korea.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at qualified medical or clinical oncologists working in the Asia-Pacific region, who are ESMO members and aged between 31 and 45.

Candidates must have been an ESMO member for a minimum of 2 years.

When does the course take place?

The in-person parts of the ESMO Leaders Generation Programme Asia 2023-2024 will take place in Singapore, immediately prior to the ESMO Asia Congress.

The programme will take place over two years: 

Year 1

27-30 November 2023, Singapore (arrival on 26 November)

  • Introduction to ESMO and the World of Oncology​
  • Communication Training

For the participants wishing to attend the ESMO Asia Congress 2023 (1-3 December), free registration and accommodation for the duration of the Congress will be offered.

Following the first part of the programme, participants will be divided into groups and assigned a project to be presented during Part 2 of the programme​.

Year 2

Date to be confirmed – programme will take place in Singapore immediately prior to ESMO Asia 2024.

  • Project Presentations to the ESMO Board
  • Leadership Training

Participants are expected to attend the ESMO Asia Congress 2024 (registration and accommodation will be covered by ESMO), with the Leaders Generation Programme Graduation Ceremony taking place during the Congress.

What is the course format?

The programme consists of a mix of presentations, workshops in break-out groups, discussion sessions, and practical and situation-based training focusing on media and leadership.

For the group project, the participants will be assigned a project centred on an ESMO strategic area and will be asked to present this project to the ESMO leadership. Participants will be expected to organise virtual meetings within their groups, with support from ESMO mentors and the ESMO Head Office.

There is ample time to network with other attendees and the expert LGP Asia faculty consisting of ESMO leaders, other key opinion leaders, and external professional experts. Attendance at all dinners during the programme is mandatory to optimise interaction with the faculty and participants.

Since this is an intensive course, we strongly advise against participants bringing partners or family members to accompany them during the programme. Any partners / family members who do travel with participants will not be permitted to attend social events and all costs for their accommodation will not be covered by ESMO.

Pre-course preparation is to be expected.

Please note: since the ESMO Leaders Generation Programme Asia will now take place over 2 years, applications will open every 2 years.

When is the application deadline? 

Applications for the Leaders Generation Programme 2023-2024 are now closed.

How to apply?                                                                              

All candidates are required to complete the online application form and upload all required documents – we recommend having everything ready to hand before starting the process. Candidates may be asked to take part in a telephone interview.

Application must include:

  • Completed online application form, including details about your involvement with ESMO (attendance at ESMO events, travel grants received, fellowship programme participation, ESMO Examination, involvement with ESMO committees/activities),
  • CV, including list of publications and presentations (template supplied).
  • Motivation statement. This should be a maximum of one A4 page in arial font, with a minimum font size of 11pt. Please include details about how your experiences would make you a strong candidate and how you feel the programme will benefit your career and your home institute.
  • Recommendation letter (letter dated and signed by a senior colleague or mentor on official letterhead of their institute). The recommendation letter should endorse your participation in the programme and outline the abilities and characteristics that show your leadership potential.

Incomplete applications, applications not using the supplied CV template, or over the page limit will be rejected.

Please note: on submission of your application you should receive an email to confirm that your application has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this, please contact lgp@esmo.org.

If you have questions, comments or are in need of more information, please contact us (select category ‘Leaders Generation Programme’)

How does the selection process work?

Participants will be selected by the ESMO Leadership based on the information provided in the submitted documents. Both the recommendation letter and motivation statement are key components of the selection process and will play a significant role in the success of an application.  

Up to 16 places are available for oncologists from the Asia-Pacific region, and a balance between female and male participants and countries will be observed when selecting attendees.

What is included in the programme?

Cost of participation in the course, course materials, economy travel, accommodation and meals will be covered by ESMO. Registration for the ESMO Asia Congress and accommodation for the duration of the congress is also included.

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