Student & Resident Resources

ASCO aims to support physician education to ensure that the growing patient population receives the highest quality of care. To achieve this goal, ASCO provides medical students and residents with free membership as well as access to specialized opportunities and resources.

Abstract Forum for Medical Students & Residents

Live Event at 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting

All in-person ASCO Annual Meeting attendees are invited to attend the 2022 Medical Student & Resident Abstract Forum which will showcase the oncology research of approximately 55 young researchers.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022
Time: 2:30 PM–5:30 PM CT (Oral and Poster Presentations from 2:30-5:00 followed by a Beer/Wine Networking Reception from 5:00 PM–5:30 PM)
Location: South Building, Level 1, Room S103, McCormick Place Convention Center

Virtual Event

The Virtual Medical Student & Resident Abstract Forum will feature rapid abstract presentations in topical breakout groups.

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM–5:00 PM ET
Location: Zoom Virtual Conference

Grants & Research Development

Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations

The Medical Student Rotation (MSR) provides financial support for U.S. medical students from populations underrepresented in medicine and who are interested in oncology as a career to experience a minimum 4-week clinical or clinical research rotation. The oncology rotation can take place in a private practice, hospital, or academic setting, with a focus on either direct patient care or research, provided that the research is clinically-oriented. View more information.


Diversity Mentoring Program

The ASCO Diversity Mentoring Program is designed to encourage U.S.-based medical students and residents who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM) to pursue rewarding careers in oncology. The program seeks to educate physicians in training about rewarding careers in oncology by fostering relationships with mentors who can provide career and educational guidance and serve as a professional resource. View more information.

Situational Mentoring

One-time, one-on-one meetings are available for physicians-in-training to meet with oncology trainees and experienced oncologists to receive training and career advice. Virtual meeting opportunities are offered throughout the year and in-person meetings are offered in the Trainee & Early Career Lounge at the ASCO Annual Meeting.

Education & Career Resources

Oncology Student Interest Group (OSIG) Program

An Oncology Student Interest Group is an organized group of medical students and/or residents who share a common interest in the field of oncology and meet regularly to learn more about cancer, patient care, and pursuing a career in oncology. ASCO supports interest groups by providing access to career development resources, mentoring opportunities, as well as supplemental group activity/event funds through its Oncology Student Interest Group (OSIG) program.

Group registration for the 2021-2022 OSIG term is now closed. Applications for the 2022-2023 OSIG term will open in August 2022.

To view last year's groups, please see the 2020-2021 group roster. If your institution does not currently have an organized oncology interest group and you are interested in starting one, please reference the Starting an OSIG Guide.

Specialized Sessions

ASCO offers specialized sessions in both a live and virtual format throughout the year. The Trainee and Early-Career Oncologist Member Lounge hosts informal panel talks, roundtable discussions, one-on-one mentoring meetings, and small-group Guided Poster Walks designed to help attendees make the most of their Annual Meeting experience, explore career and research options in oncology, and network with leaders in the field. Learn more and view the Lounge event schedule.


MyConnection Member Community

ASCO has created an online community for medical student and resident members, and you are invited to join! As a member of this community, you can participate in discussions with peers and receive frequent updates on ASCO’s activities, resources, and programs for physicians-in-training. Join the Medical Student and Resident Community.

Random Quote

"At ASCO, there's a place for everyone from every corner of oncology and the world."
Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO
ASCO CEO 2006-2016