Networking Lounges

Trainee and Early-Career Oncologist Member Lounge

Receive advice on career advancement and participate in mock job interviews and informal group discussions led by prominent faculty on professional development topics. The Lounge also offers a comfortable place to network with colleagues, check email on available computers, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

ASCO Members enrolled in an oncology training program, residents, medical students, Training Program Directors, and Full ASCO Members within the first three years post training are all welcome at the Trainee and Early-Career Oncologist Member Lounge.


  • Friday, 12:00 PM-5:00 PM (CDT)
  • Saturday, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM (CDT) 
  • Sunday, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM (CDT)
  • Monday, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM (CST)


The Lounge offers career development sessions and mentoring opportunities that provide trainees the opportunity to interact with experienced oncologists and receive invaluable career advice.


View the schedule for the Trainee Lounge, organized by date, time, session title, and participating faculty. Additional resources can also be viewed in the iPlanner or downloaded as a PDF

Friday, June 1

Beginning at 1 PM

3:00 PM

Career Choices: Panel Talk and Roundtable Discussions with Oncologists from Various Practice Settings Gideon Blumenthal, MD US Food and Drug Administration
Julia Lee Close, MD University of Florida
Keith Flaherty, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
Jennifer Gao, MD US Food and Drug Administration
Melissa Johnson, MD Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Edward S. Kim, MD, FACP Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health
Yvonne Gail Lin, MD Genentech, Inc.
Luke T. Nordquist, MD, FACP Urology Cancer Center
Maria Catherine Pietanza, MD Merck & Co, Inc.
Graham T. Watson, MD Virginia Oncology Associates
Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO Michiana Hematology Oncology

Saturday, June 2

8 AM

8:45 AM

How to Navigate the Annual Meeting Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO Lifespan Cancer Institute
Travis Osterman, DO Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

 9 AM  

9:45 AM

Coming to America: Navigating the System as an International Oncologist Alex A. Adjei, MD, PhD Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Jonathan Loree, MD British Columbia Cancer Agency

11 AM               

11:45 AM

Meet the Editors: ASCO Journals Stephen A. Cannistra, MD, FASCO Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
John V. Cox, DO, FASCO Parkland Health System/ UTSW
James M. Ford, MD, FASCO University Medical Center
Gilberto Lopes, MD, MBA University of Miami
Debra A. Patt, MD, MPH, MBA Texas Oncology PA

1 PM

1:45 PM

The Importance of Resilience in Oncology Francis Worden, MD University of Michigan Health System Comprehensive Cancer Center
Helen K. Chew, MD University of California, Davis
Vicky Makker, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Jill Gilbert, MD, FACP, FASCO Vanderbilt University Medical Center

2 PM

2:45 PM

Contract Negotiations Filipa Lynce, MD Georgetown University

3 PM

3:45 PM

Finding a Job in the U.S. as an International Oncologist/Foreign Medical Graduate Anna Capasso, MD, PhD University of Texas at Austin
Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD Emory University
Kit Wong, MD University of Washington

4 PM

4:45 PM

How to Give a Good Job Talk Arti Hurria, MD, FASCO City of Hope

Sunday, June 3

11 AM

11:45 AM

Why I Chose Oncology: Choosing an Oncology Fellowship Michelle Olson, DO Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Priyanka Pophali, MBBS Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

12 PM

12:45 PM

Presenting Yourself: Being Your Own Best Salesperson Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO University of Nebraska Medical Center

4:15 PM

5 PM

Oncology Luminaries: A "Giant" in the Field of Oncology Nancy E. Davidson, MD, FASCO Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington

Monday, June 4

9:30 AM

10:15 AM

Hematologic Malignancies Takeaways Tycel J. Phillips, MD University of Michigan

10:30 AM

11:15 AM

Genitourinary Cancer Takeaways Petros Grivas, MD, PhD University of Washington
Ravi Madan, MD National Cancer Institute

11:30 AM

12:15 PM

Melanoma/Skin Cancers Takeaways Janice Mehnert, MD Cancer Institute of New Jersey

12:30 PM

1:15 PM

Lung Cancer Takeaways Alexander Chi, MD Eau Claire Cancer Center
Greg Riely, MD, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

1:30 PM

2:15 PM

Breast Cancer Takeaways Sara M. Tolaney, MD, MPH Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Priyanka Sharma, MD University of Kansas Medical Center

2:30 PM

3:15 PM

Head and Neck Cancer Takeaways Faye Johnson, MD, PhD The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


McCormick Place, Room S501