A variety of activities will bring UNC-GO trainees together to promote professional development through attendance and presentations:
- National scientific meetings (e.g., ASCO, AGS, SIOG). UNC-GO trainees will be encouraged to both attend and submit abstracts to one or more national scientific meetings. The UNC-GO Program will provide funding for travel and registration.
- Annual UNC-LCCC Postdoc-Faculty Day: UNC-GO trainees will be encouraged to submit a poster abstract and attend this program. Top abstracts are selected to provide a talk on Research Day, in addition to being eligible for cash awards.
Geriatric Oncology Professional Development
The UNC-LCCC Geriatric Oncology Program offers three opportunities for professional development. Trainees must attend at least one event per month and are encouraged to attend all.
- Monthly Protocol Review and Accrual meetings. The Geriatric Oncology Program always has a large number of studies (see Section Ic2) that are actively accruing new study participants and conducting multiple follow-up activities. UNC-GO trainee participation in these meetings allows them to learn about the challenges and opportunities for study recruitment and retention, protocol revisions as needed, and other aspects of developing and managing studies.
- Monthly Geriatric Oncology Lunch & Learn seminars. These seminars provide an opportunity for UNC-GO trainees, faculty and research staff associated with the Geriatric Oncology Program to present study progress reports and results. This forum also provides an opportunity for UNC-GO trainees to practice and receive feedback on presentations scheduled for other forums (such as ASCO, AGS or the annual UNC-LCCC Postdoctoral-Faculty Research Day). The table below illustrates the wide variety of speakers and topics.
- Annual Geriatric Oncology Research Symposium (Required for all UNC-GO trainees).These symposia provide an opportunity for UNC-GO trainees to meet research collaborators within and outside UNC, many of whom are former Geriatric Oncology trainees who are building their careers as physician/scholars and provide role models for UNC-GO trainees. The table below illustrates the speakers and topics at these symposia.
Departmental and Division Activities
Each UNC-GO collaborating department/division (Hematology Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Urologic Oncology) will have their own activities for fellows. The UNC-GO Training Program will coordinate with other fellowship programs to avoid conflicts and create a reasonable schedule of activities for UNC-GO trainees.
- Examples of fellow training opportunities offered by department/divisions include weekly, monthly and special didactic lectures focused on clinical issues, journal clubs, and research faculty presentations (programs, specific disease sites, laboratories)
- Special events, e.g., Division of Hematology/Oncology Annual Faculty Retreat
- Section and cancer site specific meetings
- Tumor boards
UNC-GO trainees are encouraged to attend UNC SOM Grand Rounds in their specialty discipline and Oncology Grand Rounds. Trainees are also encouraged to attend at least one meeting to the UNC-LCCC Protocol Review Committee and the UNC Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Other Seminars and Symposia
UNC offers ongoing and periodic classes, seminars and short courses, which are accessible to UNC-GO trainees and offer exposure to research areas and cross-cutting themes, including the following:
- Annual UNC-LCCC Scientific Symposium
- Weekly Department of Medicine Grand Rounds – topics pertaining to Oncology and/or Geriatrics
- Monthly Oncology Grand Rounds
- attend at least one meeting to the UNC-LCCC Protocol Review Committee
- attend at least one meeting of the UNC Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Weekly UNC-LCCC Seminar Series
- Weekly UNC-LCCC Cancer Outcomes seminars
- Quarterly UNC-LCCC Cancer Prevention and Control Retreat
- Annual Comparative Effectiveness Research Symposium
- Annual Cancer Disparities/Equity Symposium
In addition to regularly scheduled events, there are mini-symposia on cancer survivorship, wearable devices, cost of cancer care, clinical practice guidelines, electronic health record use in public health research, and dissemination/implementation.