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Session Formats

The scientific program for the Workshop consists of five educational formats to serve a variety of didactic needs:

  • Protocol Development Group Sessions are daily group (3-4 faculty and 7-9 students) sessions that allow each participant to developsa concept sheet for a clinical trial protocol and, through extensive mentoring, crafts the design and writing of the protocol before the end of the Workshop. These sessions constitute the core activity of the Workshop and allow participants to apply the lessons being learned in the didactic sessions to their own research and receive detailed critiques of their protocols from experienced clinical investigators.

  • Lecture Sessions focus on specific topics of interest to all participants. These sessions provide participants with an essential overview of the field and of the principles of design and conduct of high-quality clinical trials. Lectures provide a comprehensive overview of clinical research, including statistical methodologies, informed consent, genomics, immunologic endpoints, patient-reported outcomes, and investigator responsibilities.

  • Small Group Discussion and Special Interest Sessions on special topics such as laboratory correlates, cancer genomics, imaging endpoints in clinical trials, and measuring immunologic outcomes. These sessions cover topics that are either essential to the success of many different kinds of clinical trials or offer an opportunity for in-depth discussion on topics of special interest to clinical investigators. Attendance at each session will be limited to maximize dialogue and facilitate the educational experience.

  • Office Hours provide time for individual counseling and advice on protocol and career development.

  • Career Sessions are held on career-path topics of interest to Fellows and Junior Faculty investigators accepted to the Workshop. The faculty will devleop these topics once the participants are selected in order to cover the most relevant topics. Previous sessions have focused on careers in industry, surgical oncology, pediatric oncology, and radiation oncology.


Comments from 2016 Workshop Participants:

"Thank you for allowing me to participate in the wonderful experience of this workshop, I learned so much and know this will serve me for my entire career."

"I want to sincerely thank you all for your outstanding mentorship during this Workshop.I have learned so much from you and greatly appreciate your dedication in helping me to improve my protocol/IC. This invaluable experience is something I will carry forward in my career as a clinical investigator."

"I think I speak on behalf of all of us in saying that it was so helpful to step outside our comfort zones and be challenged to discuss our projects and incorporate ideas and advice from an entirely new group of "collaborators."

"THANK YOU FOR THIS WEEK! The best learning experience of my fellowship so far."

"I am surprised by how much I was able to accomplish in such a short but focused time. Many thanks for each and every one of you for their dedication, teaching, (and) mentoring during this amazing course. I learned a lot, and I am sure that this experience will transform my career."

"This was easily one of the most valuable experiences I have had in my training. Thanks for all of your energy and enthusiasm!"

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