Program Details & Eligibility

Participants in the year-long Education Scholars Program (ESP) will learn valuable leadership skills, gain exposure to the roles and mission of ASCO, and learn about the Society’s powerful place in developing the future of cancer care. This program requires a time commitment for travel and training. 

Following the completion of the program, participants will be placed on an education-focused work group to integrate learning sciences into ASCO programs. 


The purpose of this program is to:

Identify, select, and train ASCO members to become future leaders in the Society and other areas of medicine

Provide leadership skills training through an orientation to ASCO’s structures and programs

Facilitate the promotion of program graduates into leadership positions in ASCO

Enhance the ASCO learning portfolio as well as medical education overall

Note: ASCO strongly encourages application submissions in all oncology subspecialties

Positions Available

Each year, we limit the class size to 12 participants.

ASCO values class diversity and strongly encourages application submissions from all practice settings and oncology subspecialties.

Program Format

Attend and actively participate in 6 live meetings

1-day session at the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago in June 2020

3-day session in Alexandria, VA in the Summer of 2020

3-day session in Alexandria, VA in the Fall of 2020

3-day session in Alexandria, VA in the Winter of 2020

2-day session in Alexandria, VA in the Spring of 2021

2-day session at the Annual Meeting in Chicago in June 2021

Practice acquired leadership skills throughout the year within your project teams

Participate on bi-weekly conference calls with your ESP team

Complete course evaluations and alumni surveys

Travel Information

ASCO reimburses participants for housing and travel costs related to attendance at Education Scholars meetings and activities, excluding the Annual Meeting.

Eligibility Criteria

The Education Scholars Program Work Group reserves the right to evaluate and determine applicants' eligibility based on the information and justifications included in the application materials.

For the 2020-2021 Class, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an ASCO member
  • Have a supervisor or senior member from one’s institution/practice provide a letter of support.
    • The supervisor/senior member must endorse one’s participation in the program. If the senior member is not an ASCO member, a supporting letter from an ASCO member must be included.

Note: If at any time during the application or review process you have a career plan change or leave your current position, please email ASCO Professional Development staff.

Program Curriculum Outline

The Education Scholars Program covers a wide variety of learning science and leadership topics. The curriculum includes information related to the following:

  • Human centered design
  • Mechanisms of learning
  • Change management
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Conflict managament

Application Dates

Applications for the 2020-2021 cycle are now closed. The 2021-2022 class application will open on July 1, 2020.

Please visit the Application Guidelines page for more information and to apply.