Resources for Medical Students & Residents

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.

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.

Register your group with ASCO to access:

  • Career development resources
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities that include, topical calls and situational mentoring meetings with oncology trainees and oncologists
  • Opportunity to submit to the Medical Student & Resident Abstract Forum at the ASCO Annual Meeting
  • Need-based, supplemental funding is also available. Funding is limited and is not guaranteed.

How to Register your Group

Group registration takes place annually between June - August, and is required each year for both new and returning groups. Registration for the 2020-2021 OSIG term is now closed. 

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 ASCO Meeting Opportunities

Held annually in June, the ASCO Annual Meeting attracts more than 35,000 attendees and is considered the premier educational and scientific event in the oncology community. Throughout the year, ASCO also hosts various Symposia and Thematic Meetings that focus on specific disease-sites and patient care topics.

Discounted Registration Rates

Medical student and resident members of ASCO receive access to discounted registration rates for ASCO Meetings and Symposia.

Medical Student & Resident Abstract Forum 

The Medical Student & Resident Abstract Forum provides the unique opportunity for medical students and residents to present their research, practice their presentation skills, and receive feedback on their research. The abstract submission process for the Abstract Forum takes place annually from November - February and is seperate from the main Annual Meeting's abstract submission process. Please check back in Fall 2020 for details on how to apply for the 2021 event.

Trainee & Early Career Lounge at the ASCO Annual Meeting

The Trainee & Early Career Oncologist Member Lounge is a venue at the ASCO Annual Meeting that features sessions and mentoring opportunities designed to support early career development. Specialized features for students and residents include one-on-one mentoring meetings with an oncology trainee and a roundtable session with Oncology Training Program Directors.

Diversity in Oncology: Programs to Support URM Medical Students and Residents

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

"As medical professionals and as a Society, we must all continue to evolve and transform cancer care and research with each new discovery."
Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO
ASCO President, 2015-16