We hope that our support of early-career members is part of what keeps so many of our members active and engaged in the society throughout their careers. Below are some of programs we offer to build skills and enhance career opportunities.
International Mentorship Program
A long-standing program dedicated to the principles of education, mentorship and collaboration, the IASLC’s International Mentorship Program is an initiative designed to turn today’s young researchers into tomorrow’s lung cancer leaders.
The program’s structure is two-fold. Each year’s participants are assigned well-established mentors who live and work in the region where the IASLC’s annual WCLC is taking place. Mentees initially meet their mentors on-site at the WCLC before traveling to their mentor’s home institution for a week to shadow them and learn more about their practice. During this shadowing period, program participants discuss their desired career path and interact with multidisciplinary cancer care teams.
The 2019 mentee class hailed from a diverse array of countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Namibia and Thailand.
Few things are as integral to the IASLC’s mission as helping support early-career physicians and researchers, which is why the IASLC Academy is one of the association’s most important WCLC-affiliated programs. The IASLC Academy is a two-year program open to medical school graduates focusing on thoracic cancer care. Those accepted into the Academy work closely with senior faculty: attending two WCLCs, honing their presentation skills and deepening their knowledge of multidisciplinary research in the process.
The most recent Academy participants include early-career specialists from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Italy, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States of America.
IASLC Reviewer Workshop
The IASLC Reviewer Workshop is typically held in conjunction with WCLC. Interested registrants must apply following the criteria below. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IASLC is working hard to create a plan for applications and presentation of the workshop at some point in 2021.
University of California, Davis, Thoracic Oncology Innovation Group to Again Host Latin American Oncologists for 3-Day Preceptorship
For several years Dr. David R. Gandara and his thoracic oncology colleagues at the University of California, Davis have offered an on-site preceptorship to early-career oncologists from Latin America at the Sacramento, California, campus.