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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.

2022 Medical Student & Resident Abstract Forum: Now Accepting Applications!

The ASCO Medical Student & Resident Abstract Forum is an opportunity for members of ASCO’s programs for medical students and residents (Oncology Student Interest Groups, Diversity Mentoring Program, Medical Student Rotation, and Annual Meeting Research Award) to present their oncology-related research and receive feedback on their presentation skills in an intimate venue.

In 2022, accepted presenters will have the option to participate in one of two Abstract Forum formats. The 2022 Abstract Forum presentation options are A) in-person presentation on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting and B) virtual presentation in July 2022. Presenters will only be invited to participate in one format.

Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM EST, Friday, February 11, 2022.
Click here to view the submission guide, download the abstract template, & submit abstract.

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.

Mentoring

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. At the ASCO Annual Meeting, the Trainee & Early Career Lounge offers a full program of early career-focused sessions. Throughout the year, virtual sessions are offered on various career development and job search support topics.

Engagement

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

"ASCO is the world’s largest and arguably most influential oncology organization… a dynamic organization that not only is advancing the frontiers of research, providing outstanding educational opportunities, and defining standards of practice for clinical care, but also influencing public policy."
Anees Chagpar, MD
ASCO Member since 2003