Early-career scientists: Stop by this year’s Career Development Forum


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The Career Development Forum provides interactive informational interviews with experts on a variety of topics that are important for career development of early-career scientists. The in-person session will take place on Wednesday, December 8, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, and is open to early-career scientists—defined as graduate students, postdoctoral or clinical fellows, or medical students and residents—who are registered attendees of the 2021 SABCS.

A virtual opportunity will take place at the same time, but participation is limited to the 60 individuals who pre-registered and received links in late November. The full program for the virtual session, including the list of participating mentors and breakout career topics, is available here.

The in-person opportunity is limited to 120 participants, and attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis and with no pre-registration required. Badges are required and will be scanned at the door for registration. Boxed lunches will be provided.

Each table will feature three mentors, two research experts and one patient advocate, who will be available to answer participant questions and provide real-world advice on the table topic. Attendees may visit as many or few tables during the session as they like. Some tables’ topics will have a more clinical focus, while others will have a more laboratory research focus.

The subthemes are denoted in parentheses after the table topic name.

Roundtable Topics

  • Balancing Research and Clinical Practice (Clinical)
  • How to Engage Clinicians in Your Research (Laboratory)
  • Becoming a Successful Clinical Trialist (Clinical), Table 1
  • Becoming a Successful Clinical Trialist (Clinical), Table 2
  • Careers in Industry I
  • Careers in Industry II
  • Careers in Translational Research (Clinical)
  • Careers in Translational Research (Laboratory)
  • Funding Your Own Research
  • Making the Transition from Fellowship to Faculty (Clinical)
  • Making the Transition from Fellowship to Faculty (Laboratory)
  • Negotiating a Job Offer or Promotion
  • How to Get Involved In & Make Collaborative Research Work for You
  • Time Management to Optimize Productivity
  • How to Succeed as an Underrepresented Individual in Research
  • Professional Fulfillment and Burnout Mitigation

The Career Development Forum is sponsored by Eisai, Inc.