ESMO conference,
Lugano, 6 July 2007
Francesco Atzori
ESMO fellowship Recipient 2006-07
Medical Oncology Department
Vall d...
Topics for discussion...
• Why do we need a fellowship? Goals
• Post-residency Fellowship: the Process
• Achievements and ...
Applying for a fellowship : Why?
•At least 10 years of training to be qualified
to take care of patients with cancer.
•The...
Applying for a fellowship : Why?
Goals of post-residency training:
• Develop a knowledge “niche” for future academic growt...
Applying for a fellowship : Why?
Goals of post-residency training:
• Develop a knowledge “niche” for future academic growt...
Applying for a fellowship : Why?
Goals of post-residency training:
• Develop a knowledge “niche” for future academic growt...
Applying for a fellowship : Why?
Goals of post-residency training:
• Develop a knowledge “niche” for future academic growt...
Applying for a fellowship : Why?
Goals of post-residency training:
• Develop a knowledge “niche” for future academic growt...
Applying for a fellowship:
the process
• What are the new and important areas of research in
oncology in the years to come...
•The mentor should train/guide the
mentee to become an independent
investigator.
•Some of the desired features of a
mentor...
Applying for a fellowship:
the process
• Apply….and get accepted
• Obtaining funding for your fellowship
– Not essential b...
Applying for a fellowship:
the process
How to obtain a grant?
• Apply for it (Nobody will call to volunteer a grant for yo...
Apply for a fellowship: the process
...the European choice
The aim of the ESMO Fellowship program is to provide 1-year
sch...
Fellowship’s Objectives:
A personal view
• Translational research activities
• Educational activities for daily clinical
p...
Example: my own fellowship timeline
Limited clinical
trial experience!!!
Clinical trials exposure
Month 2
Clinical duties
Example: my own fellowship timeline
Month 3 Month 6
Initial exposure to
clinical research !!!
Clinical trials exposure
Mon...
Example: my own fellowship timeline
Month 3 Month 6
Responsabilities in
running clinical trials!!!
Clinical trials exposur...
Upon completing the fellowship…
•Evaluate the skills and knowledge you have
acquired
•Look at all opportunities
•Speak to ...
Acknowledgements
Marta Parera
Esther Casado
Eduardo Vilar
Jose M. Del Campo
Enriqueta Felip
ESMO (European Society for Med...
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  1. 1. ESMO conference, Lugano, 6 July 2007 Francesco Atzori ESMO fellowship Recipient 2006-07 Medical Oncology Department Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain The importance of international experience. An ESMO fellowship recipient view
  2. 2. Topics for discussion... • Why do we need a fellowship? Goals • Post-residency Fellowship: the Process • Achievements and future aims
  3. 3. Applying for a fellowship : Why? •At least 10 years of training to be qualified to take care of patients with cancer. •The training is arduous... •How to put into practice our acquisitions? Residency/fellowship training program:
  4. 4. Applying for a fellowship : Why? Goals of post-residency training: • Develop a knowledge “niche” for future academic growth • Improve skills in chosen research area (translational, basic science, etc.) • Design of clinical trials with novel agents and treatments • Experience in publishing results in scientific journals
  5. 5. Applying for a fellowship : Why? Goals of post-residency training: • Develop a knowledge “niche” for future academic growth • Improve skills in chosen research area (translational, basic science, etc.) • Design of clinical trials with novel agents and treatments • Experience in publishing results in scientific journals
  6. 6. Applying for a fellowship : Why? Goals of post-residency training: • Develop a knowledge “niche” for future academic growth • Improve skills in chosen research area (translational, basic science, etc.) • Design of clinical trials with novel agents and treatments • Experience in publishing results in scientific journals
  7. 7. Applying for a fellowship : Why? Goals of post-residency training: • Develop a knowledge “niche” for future academic growth • Improve skills in chosen research area (translational, basic science, etc.) • Design of clinical trials with novel agents and treatments • Experience in publishing results in scientific journals
  8. 8. Applying for a fellowship : Why? Goals of post-residency training: • Develop a knowledge “niche” for future academic growth • Improve skills in chosen research area (translational, basic science, etc.) • Design of clinical trials with novel agents and treatments • Experience in publishing results in scientific journals Develop a successful academic career!
  9. 9. Applying for a fellowship: the process • What are the new and important areas of research in oncology in the years to come? – Talk to people – Attend conferences – Read, read, read. • Ok, I know the important areas. What am I interested in? Get more information • Do I have the potential skills to be successful in the chosen area? • Look for a program (Hospital) and Mentor that is an expert in your area of interest and start the application process Steps
  10. 10. •The mentor should train/guide the mentee to become an independent investigator. •Some of the desired features of a mentor: •Senior faculty member •Expert/Teacher/Leader •Role model •Guide •Coach •Moral supporter •Takes pride in the achievements of his/her mentee, as if they were his/her own “Choosing a Mentor is critical ” Applying for a fellowship: the process
  11. 11. Applying for a fellowship: the process • Apply….and get accepted • Obtaining funding for your fellowship – Not essential but important because: • It is more likely to be accepted if one comes with financial support • It is important for career development purposes: – It is your first “grant” – It helps you in developing a focused project (you have to think in detail what you will do and put it in writing!) – It shows a capacity to secure your own financial support – Your mentor can assist. It is your first “joint project” Steps (cont’d)
  12. 12. Applying for a fellowship: the process How to obtain a grant? • Apply for it (Nobody will call to volunteer a grant for you) • Several Funding Sources: – ESMO Fellowships – ASCO Young Investigator Award – ASCO Career Development Award – AACR – NIH: K Award – American Cancer Society – Susan G. Komen Fellowship – National Societies – Institutional Grants – National Cancer Leagues – etc.… Lorenzo de' Medici
  13. 13. Apply for a fellowship: the process ...the European choice The aim of the ESMO Fellowship program is to provide 1-year scholarships to young oncologists for pre-clinical and/or clinical training in an outstanding European laboratory or clinical facility. Goal Making the highest quality of oncology research available throughout Europe. Benefits •Collaborating with first-class European institutions •Receiving support necessary to develop specific research projects •Improving career development www.esmo.org
  14. 14. Fellowship’s Objectives: A personal view • Translational research activities • Educational activities for daily clinical practice • How to run clinical trials • Networking • How to make a public scientific presentation • How to write and evaluate scientific publications
  15. 15. Example: my own fellowship timeline Limited clinical trial experience!!! Clinical trials exposure Month 2 Clinical duties
  16. 16. Example: my own fellowship timeline Month 3 Month 6 Initial exposure to clinical research !!! Clinical trials exposure Month 2 Clinical duties resposibilities in clinical trials
  17. 17. Example: my own fellowship timeline Month 3 Month 6 Responsabilities in running clinical trials!!! Clinical trials exposure Month 2 Clinical duties responsibilities in clinical trials Month 9 Month 12
  18. 18. Upon completing the fellowship… •Evaluate the skills and knowledge you have acquired •Look at all opportunities •Speak to your mentor
  19. 19. Acknowledgements Marta Parera Esther Casado Eduardo Vilar Jose M. Del Campo Enriqueta Felip ESMO (European Society for Medical Oncology) Mentors Prof. José Baselga Dr Josep Tabernero Colleagues Patricia Gomez Javier Cortes Meritxell Bellet Ben Markman Serena Di Cosimo Jaume Capdevila Javier Ramos Susana Cedres Claudia Valverde Emiliano Calvo Cristina Saura Teresa Macarulla

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