ESMO: Tell us a bit about your career so far
Claudia: I attended medical school in Naples, where I graduated in 2012, after spending one year at Faculté de Médecine de Strasbourg, in France. I am currently resident in Medical Oncology at Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, under the supervision of Prof. Fortunato Ciardiello and Prof. Erika Martinelli.
What is your current activity?
As a resident, I am involved in all clinical activities of general oncology; however, I am focused in colorectal cancer research, working in clinical trial unit and translational research.
What motivates you?
My biggest motivation is to work for giving our patients hope, in any situation.
Why did you choose to become a medical oncologist?
From my first years in medical school I have always been fascinated by oncology, a polyhedral and dynamic speciality where bench-side and bed-side are tightly connected, where science embraces humanities, where working together in multidisciplinary team is the basis for progress.
What does your involvement with ESMO and the Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) mean to you?
ESMO is a unique community able to improve personal skills and to enhance networking among its members. As young oncologist I feel very lucky to have joined ESMO since the beginning of my residency, taking advantage from each single tool provided. As YOC member I hope to serve this community at my best, helping my colleagues to benefit from ESMO resources.
Do you have some good advice you would like to share with your international colleagues?
Join ESMO activities, be active members, apply for fellowships and translate your knowledge in useful treatment for your patients.