Career Paths
  • Orlando, Fla.—In recent years, a niche of medicine has sprung up to address the needs of adolescent and young adults (AYA) with cancer.
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  • The medical profession has been facing a difficult challenge in recent years: a workforce shortage. Across the board, many specialties are seeing a decline in the number of physicians available to meet a growing demand. Because of an aging population, there are more elderly patients searching for care and more physicians are getting older and hitting prime retirement age. These factors are greatly affecting oncologists’ ability to treat patients.

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  • The end of year 3 in fellowship training marks the formal coming of age for hematologists and oncologists. Year 3 fellows must take their training and experience into the next stage. In the final year, research projects have to take shape and many fellows are beginning to develop an expertise in a chosen field.
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  • At some point during training, oncology fellows will have to identify the career path they want to follow: private practice, academia, or industry. Finding the right fit largely has to do with identifying how they want to spend the bulk of their time, what their strengths and interests are, and how those strengths and interests align with the various career options.
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  • Oncology Fellow Advisor presents its Tribute series. In each segment, we remember a prominent thought leader who changed the face of oncology and paved the way for future legions of oncology fellows. In this issue, we remember and honor the work of Robert Buckman, MD, PhD.  
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  • Training to be an oncologist can be rough. In the face of long hours, sleep deprivation, and patient suffering, young oncologists may sacrifice hobbies, interests, and even relationships. 
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  • Shifting from fellowship to working in private practice requires a lot of decision making, and it is a process that should not be hurried or taken lightly. “It is a risky venture and you really need to examine it carefully,” said Dean Gesme, MD, of Minnesota Oncology in Minneapolis. “All the work you put into it now will serve you well in the future.”
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  • A career in academia can be an exciting and rewarding pursuit for oncology fellows. The variety of the work—patient care, teaching, and research—keeps things interesting. Steady compensation and low financial risk sweeten the deal.
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  • Whether their ultimate career goal is to chair an oncology department at a major teaching hospital, work in private practice, or win the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology for their discoveries, having solid leadership skills can help oncology fellows achieve it.
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  • For many years, cancer research in the United States was the exclusive province of large academic centers. Now, community oncologists who want to participate in research trials have several opportunities. Experts describe research in the community as difficult but rewarding.
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