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Goals of the Workshop

Clinical trials provide the evidence base for advances in oncology. ​​​Errors made in the design and conduct of a clinical trial can make it impossible for the trial to provide a definitive answer about the effectiveness of a new approach. Poor design can lead to the abandonment of promising avenues of research that are based on sound basic scientific work as well as to delays in the introduction of new treatments into the practice of oncology. AACR and ASCO have designed this intensive Workshop to increase the reliability and effectiveness of clinical trials by:

  • Introducing clinical fellows and junior faculty in any oncology subspecialty to the principles of good clinical trial design. This Workshop will give them the tools they need to conduct clinical trials that will yield clear results and have the potential to impact patient care.

  • Exposing early-career clinical scientists to the full spectrum of challenges in clinical research – from surgery, radiotherapy, conventional and investigational agents, multidisciplinary treatment regimens, multimodality and combination treatments, and the integration of biomarkers in clinical trials. Workshop faculty seek to inspire participants to devote all or a portion of their future careers to some aspect of clinical research.

  • Developing a cadre of well-trained, experienced clinical researchers whose expertise will foster better clinical trial design. Such expertise will thereby hasten the introduction of improved approaches for cancer therapy and prevention into everyday medical practice and patient care.



Comments from 2017 Workshop Participants:

"Amazing experience - the most educational and inspiring experience of my residency. Inspiring and brilliant community. Wonderful, kind PDG leaders that guided us throughout the process and helped optimize our study design. The gold standard course for learning about clinical trial design."

"This was the best training experience I ever had. Fantastic mentors and colleagues. I didn't think it was possible to learn so much in less than a week! Thank you all so much!!"

"This was a wonderful opportunity. I never imagine I could get this much done in a week - write a full protocol, get feedback to improve my design and write it again, meet this many people and enjoy the scenery and zip lining at Vail! What I learned here will stay with me for life."

"The conference was spectacular!! I learned a tremendous amount about clinical trial design, and I'm confident that I now have the foundation needed to move forward in my career."

"This is THE best workshop or conference among all that I have ever attended throughout my entire career. Faculties were truly motivating and open to any questions or feedback. Having an opportunity to talk to mentors and other faculties during the office hour or small group sessions changed my view of career development."

"This was one of the best experiences of my entire residency training and I would recommend this course to any young faculty member or trainee."