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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 2019 YO Track which includes 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.

The fully integrated Young Oncologists (YO) Track at ESMO Congresses represents a jewel in the crown of our expanding portfolio of programmes and initiatives devised to deliver on the requirements of young oncologists in today’s ever-emerging landscape of precision medicine in oncology. 
Especially crafted to provide guidance, educational opportunities, translational two-way exchange and debate, as well as real solutions matched to the needs of our Society’s junior members, I am confident that this year’s programme is set to inspire and enthuse participants and speakers alike!

Guillem Argilés, YOC Chair 2018-2019

YO Mentorship Session: Your Choice of Career Path in Oncology

Friday 27 September 2019, 14:15-15:15, room Santander, Hall 3

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ESMO 2019 YO Mentorship Session

Key opinion leaders will share their experience and vision, both professional and personal, in an informal setting encouraging open conversation with mentors and peers. Pre-registration is required to attend and discuss educational and career development choices with leading oncology experts.

  • topic 1: Building a career at a centre of reference
  • topic 2: Building a career in Basic Science
  • topic 3: Building a career in translational research
  • topic 4: Transitioning from academia to industry    
  • topic 5: Oncology in the private practice setting
  • topic 6: Working in palliative care
  • topic 7: Working in secondary and tertiary care centres

YO Clinical Case Discussion: Clinical Cases of Solid Tumours: Discussion Forum for Young Oncologists

Friday 27 September 2019, 16:00-17:00 room Palma & Tenerife, CC5

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ESMO 2019 YO Clinical Case Discussion

This is a highly interactive round tables discussion on clinical cases on solid tumours, for a small group of attendees. The expert speakers in each of the 3 topics present scenarios and guide the discussion along with a YOC member coordinator. Pre-registration is required to this session which will be introduced by the session YOC coordinators

  • topic 1: Colorectal cancer, Elena Elez, ES
  • topic 2: Toxicity of immunotherapy, John Haanen, NL
  • topic 3: melanoma, Teresa Troiani, IT

Vesalius Talk

Friday, 27 September 17:30-18:30, CC4 Foyer
ESMO 2019 YO Vesalius Talk

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 2019 Vesalius Talk will discuss how Young oncologists can progress their career by starting their own group and moving from fellow to PI. The audience will have the opportunity to ask practical advice from the panel. The session will be followed by networking and refreshments.

How to start your own group: Moving from fellow to PI without burnout


  • Guillem Argilés,Barcelona, ES
  • Susana Banerjee, London, UK   
  • Michiel Strijbos, Wilrijk, BE
  • Fatima Cardoso, Lisbon, PT 

YO Boxing Session

Saturday, 28 September 2019, 09:00-10:30, room Santander, Hall 3

In the time of growing knowledge, it is important to encourage the active debating of new findings. Aim of the YO “boxing” session is therefore to discuss controversial topics in oncology and thereby encourage young oncologists to discuss these topics with experts in the field. Afterwards the audience is encouraged to discuss and ask questions to the experts on the podium.

Debate 1: How should patients with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer be treated? Is escalation or de-escalation the key? Evandro de Azambuja, Brussels, BE & Carmen Criscitiello, Milan, IT
Take home messages: Javier Cortes, ES

Debate 2: Are biomarkers needed to select lung cancer patients for immunotherapy? Alfredo Addeo, Geneva, CH & Enriqueta Felip, ES
Take home messages: Solange Peters, CH

YO Brunch Sessions

28,29, 30 September 2019, 11.00-11.45, room Santander, Hall 3
ESMO 2019 YO Brunch Sessions

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: Survivorship care for young adults with cancer, Hege Sagstuen Haugnes, NO and Ines Vaz-Luis, Villejuif, FR
  • Sunday: Beyond PDFS: New endpoints in Immuno-Oncology, Aurélien Marabelle, Villejuif, FR
  • Monday: How to use social networks and web-based information systems to be up to date in oncology? Gilberto Morgan, Lund, SE

YO Session for Medical Students and New Physicians

Saturday, 28 September 2019, 15:00-16:00, room 1.1, CC1
ESMO 2019 YO Session for Medical Students and New Physicians

The programme includes a session especially dedicated to the ESMO-ESO Student Course on Medical Oncology, chaired by ESMO Educational Committee chair Andrés Cervantes. It starts off with practical information and it is followed by a poster walk to view and comment on some of the posters presented at the congress. The limited available seats are 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 – Anna Berghoff, AT; Jonathan Lim, UK; Mila Petrova, BG; Teresa Amaral, PT; Laurids Poulsen, DK; Kevin Punie, BE

YO Forum in Collaboration with W4O

Sunday, 29 September 2019, 08:30-10:00, room Toledo, Hall 5 
Part 1

The Forum will explore what are the necessary steps to bring fairness and equal opportunities in oncology to the next level. Participants will have the chance to get updates on gender-related data from the oncology field, and to hear inspiring stories from keynote speakers as well as testimonies about best practices in introducing gender balance in the workplace.

Welcome: Solange Peters, CH
Keynote lecture: Sabine Oertelt-Prigione, NL
Lessons from other organisations: Michelle McIsaac, CH
Wrap up: Guillem Argilés, ES

Part 2 - Mentorship Sessions

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Participants will have the opportunity to take part in discussion tables and interact with mentors about specific topics to get first-hand advice, concrete ideas and answers to bring back home.

National Initiatives: what can be done at the local level to promote gender equality?

  • Table 1: Pilar Garrido, Helena Linardou
  • Table 2: Anne Letsch, Erika Martinelli

Time management: how to combine clinic and family?

  • Table 1: Fedro Peccatori
  • Table 2: Marina Chiara Garassino
  • Table 3: Enriqueta Felip

How do you find a good mentor?

  • Table 1: Giuseppe Curigliano
  • Table 2: Chiara Cremolini

Fostering individual resilience and dealing with burnout

  • Table 1: Susana Banerjee
  • Table 2: Michiel Strijbos

YO Masterclass

Sunday, 29 September 2019, 15:00-18:00, room Santander, Hall 3
ESMO 2019 YO Masterclass

The YO Masterclass, chaired by Guillen Argilés, ES (YOC chair and YO Track chair) and Therese Sørlie, NO (EACR representative) features international speakers discussing the next generation predictive biomarkers in oncology

Next generation predictive biomarkers in oncology

  • The importance of microbiome in cancer, Paolo Nuciforo, Barcelona, ES
  • Beyond pixels: future of molecular imaging in oncology, Philipp Kickingereder, Heidelberg, DE
  • Next generation of tumour circulating biomarkers, Klaus Pantel, Hamburg, DE 
  • The total is more than the sum of its parts: the inflammatory microenvironment – Niels Halama, Heidelberg, DE 

YO Fellowship Session - Fellowships in Europe: Educational Opportunities for Young Oncologists

Monday, 30 September 2019, 14:45-16:45, room Santander, Hall 3
ESMO 2019 YO Fellowship Session

The fellowship session features presentations by two previous ESMO fellows, who are chosen from a competition open to recent fellowship recipients. Practical advice from a former fellow, Angela Lamarca, UK and career-impact details from the ESMO Chair of Fellowship & Award Committee Evandro de Azambuia, BE, will add to the detailed overview of available ESMO Fellowship and the ESMO Leaders Generation Programme. The 2019 research fellowships awardees and the Best Exam Award 2018 will be presented at the end of the session.


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