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.

The 2021 Medical Student & Resident Abstract Forum is now accepting abstract submissions through April 2, 2021. Apply Now!

ASCO is offering virtual sessions for medical students and residents. These sessions are free, and we will offer both live and pre-recorded options. Click here to sign-up for more information about upcoming sessions.

Grants & Research Development

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 is separate from the main Annual Meeting's abstract submission process. Applications are now open for the 2021 ASCO Medical Student & Resident Abstract Forum and will close 11:59PM EST on Friday, April 2, 20201. View the submission guide. 

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. View more information.

Resident Travel Award for Underrepresented Populations

The Resident Travel Award (RTA) provides financial support for residents from underrepresented populations to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting. This award allows physician residents interested in a career in oncology to travel to the ASCO Annual Meeting, where they will have the opportunity to meet oncologists and to learn more about career options in the field of oncology. 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 (URiM) 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 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. 

To view currently registered 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. To receive more information on the virtual sessions ASCO is offering in Fall/Winter 2020, please complete this brief form.


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 leading the move to a new data-driven era of discovery in clinical oncology."
Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO
ASCO President, 2014-15