American Society of Hematology

2017 Trainee Activities and Services

ASH provides a variety of high-quality educational, career-development, and networking opportunities to help trainees make the most of their meeting experience. The following activities and services have been identified as most relevant to the unique interests of undergraduates, medical and graduate students, residents, and fellows and are open only to annual meeting attendees with a blue trainee badge.

Trainee Day

Friday, December 8, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This half-day workshop is designed to support and encourage trainees in the field of academic hematology and to enhance their career development.This program will be presented through didactic and interactive small-group breakout sessions which will allow ample time for discussion, questions, and answers. Important information on trial design, how to build a research team, and non-traditional career development opportunities in hematology will be presented.

A boxed lunch will be provided. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. As seating is limited, attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive early. No additional participants will be allowed in the rooms once these sessions are filled.

Chair:

Alison W. Loren, MD, MS
Perelman Center For Advanced Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Schedule of Events

Trainee Day Didactic Session 1: Statistics and Trial Design

Friday, December 8, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Grand Blrm D2/E- No. Twr- M4

This session will discuss the importance of an effective trial design as well as how best to partner with a statistician to make sure your study is appropriate, achievable, and meaningful.

Speaker:

Sara K. Vesely, PhD, MPH
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK
Statistics and Trial Design

Trainee Day Breakout 1: Statistical Considerations for Basic, Translational, and Phase I Trials

Friday, December 8, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Grand Blrm A- No. Twr- M4

This talk will cover how to collaborate with a statistician to create effective statistical models for basic, translational, and phase I trials. It will also address sample size, power calculations, confounding variables, and bias.

Speaker:

Rosemarie Mick, MS
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Breakout Rotation 1: Statistical Considerations for Basic/Translational / Phase I Trials

Trainee Day Breakout 1: Statistical Considerations in Phase II and III Clinical Trials

Friday, December 8, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Grand Blrm B- No. Twr- M4

This talk will cover how to collaborate with a statistician to create effective statistical models for phase II and III clinical trials.

Speaker:

Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, MS
Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland, OH
Breakout Rotation 1: Statistics and Trial Design; Statistical Considerations in Phase II/III Clinical Trials

Trainee Day Breakout 1: Statistical Considerations in Health Outcomes and Clinical Effectiveness Research

Friday, December 8, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Grand Blrm C- No. Twr- M4

This talk will cover how to write a clearly defined research question and how to select appropriate statistical models for health outcomes and clinical research.

Speaker:

Navneet S. Majhail, MD, MS
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH
Breakout Rotation 1: Statistical Considerations in Health Outcomes and Clinical Effectiveness Research

Trainee Day Breakout 2: Research Teams in Translational Studies

Friday, December 8, 2017, 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Grand Blrm A- No. Twr- M4

This talk will cover how to find, engage, and define roles of research collaborators as well as how to value all members of the team. It will also address how to find collaborators who understand both the science and clinical aspects of a research program and how to effectively partner with those who do not see both sides.

Speaker:

Neil P. Shah, MD, PhD
University of California (San Francisco)
San Francisco, CA
Breakout Rotation 2: Research Teams in Translational Studies (including optimizing partners in the lab)

Trainee Day Breakout 2: Research Teams in Clinical Trials

Friday, December 8, 2017, 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Grand Blrm B- No. Twr- M4

This talk will cover how to develop a team to engage in clinical research, including how to position yourself as a junior researcher to ultimately design and lead clinical trials.

Speaker:

David P. Steensma, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA
How to Build a Research Team; Research Teams in Clinical Trials

Trainee Day Breakout 2: How to Build a Health Outcomes and Clinical Effectiveness Research Team

Friday, December 8, 2017, 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Grand Blrm C- No. Twr- M4

This talk will cover the important roles within health outcomes and clinical effectiveness research as well as how to participate in and eventually lead a research team.

Speaker:

Linda J. Burns, MD
National Marrow Donor Program/Be the Match
Minneapolis, MN
How to Build a Research Team; Research Teams in Health Outcomes and Clinical Effectiveness Research

Trainee Day Didactic 2: Panel: Non-Traditional Career Development

Friday, December 8, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Grand Blrm D2/E- No. Twr- M4

This session will highlight careers in hematology outside the "usual" realms of academic medicine and clinical practice. There will be speakers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and industry. Each speaker will address the pros and cons of his/her particular career path, followed by an interactive discussion and Q&A.

Speakers:

Ann T. Farrell, MD
Food and Drug Administration
Silver Spring, MD
Didactic Session 2: Non-Traditional Career Development: FDA

Danielle M. Townsley, MD, MSc
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
Didactic Session 2: Non-Traditional Career Development: NHLBI

Benjamin Kim, MD, MPhil
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc
Novato, CA
Didactic Session 2: Non-Traditional Career Development: Pharmaceutical Industry

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Trainee Welcome Reception

Friday, December 8, 2017, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Int'l Blrm. F No. Twr. M2

This informal social event provides the opportunity for undergraduates, medical and graduate students, residents, and fellows (MD and PhD) to gather with their peers. The reception will include an overview of ASH trainee resources, a guide to the annual meeting for trainees, and brief remarks from the ASH president. back to top

Career Development Lunch Sessions

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

These sessions will provide an intimate venue for trainees to meet with leaders in hematology to discuss careers in the wide array of practice areas within hematology, including basic, clinical, and translational research, PhD careers, careers in Industry settings, and careers in private and clinical practice. There will be two rooms reserved for these sessions, with two tables per room for each career area and one faculty member at each table leading the discussion.

A boxed lunch will be provided. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. As seating is limited, attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive early. No additional participants will be allowed in the rooms once these sessions are filled.

Chair:

Jennifer C. Kesselheim, MD, MEd
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

Schedule of Events

Career Development Lunch Sessions: Room 1

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Int'l Blrm. E No. Twr. M2

These roundtable discussions will provide an intimate venue for trainees to meet with leaders in hematology to discuss specific career development topics. There will be two rooms reserved for these sessions, with two tables per room for each career area and one faculty member at each table leading the discussion. Each table will hold approximately six to 10 people.

A boxed lunch will be provided. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. As seating is limited, attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive early. No additional participants will be allowed in the rooms once these sessions are filled.

Speakers:

Gabriel N. Mannis, MD
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Clinical Malignant Hematology/ BMT

Hetty E. Carraway, MD, MBA
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH
Clinical Malignant Hematology/ BMT

Anita Rajasekhar, MD
University of Florida – Shands Hospital
Gainesville, FL
Clinical Non-malignant Hematology

Ted Wun, MD
University of California Davis School of Medicine
Sacramento, CA
Clinical Non-malignant Hematology

Michelle Sholzberg, MDCM, MSc
St. Michael's Hospital
Toronto, ON, CAN
Laboratory & Translational Hematology

Neil P. Shah, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Laboratory & Translational Hematology

Patrick F. Fogarty, MD
Pfizer Inc.
Collegeville, 
Industry Careers

James Bradner, MD
Novartis
Cambridge, MA
Industry Careers

Albert Deisseroth, MD, PhD
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Potomac, MD
Government Careers

Elaine S. Jaffe, MD
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
Government Careers

Anthony K.C. Chan, MBBS
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, Canada
Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Careers

Cindy Neunert, MD
Columbia University Medical School
New York, NY
Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Careers

Tucker LeBien, PhD
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
PhD Careers

Nancy E. Speck, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
PhD Careers

Harriet Bering
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Beverly, MA
Clinical Careers in Hematology (Private Practice Careers)

Burton F. Alexander III, MD
Virginia Oncology Associates
Norfolk, VA
Clinical Careers in Hematology (Private Practice Careers)

Karen Hook, MD
University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, CT
Medical Educators in Hematology

Martina Trinkaus, MD
St. Michael's Hospital
Toronto, ON, Canada
Medical Educators in Hematology

Richard Kaufman, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA
Transfusion Medicine

Gary J. Schiller, MD
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
Transfusion Medicine

Career Development Lunch Sessions: Room 2

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Int'l Blrm. F No. Twr. M2

These roundtable discussions will provide an intimate venue for trainees to meet with leaders in hematology to discuss specific career development topics. There will be two rooms reserved for these sessions, with two tables per room for each career area and one faculty member at each table leading the discussion. Each table will hold approximately six to 10 people.

A boxed lunch will be provided. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. As seating is limited, attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive early. No additional participants will be allowed in the rooms once these sessions are filled.

Speakers:

Joseph H. Antin, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA
Clinical Malignant Hematology/ BMT

Cindy A. Leissinger, MD
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA
Clinical Non-malignant Hematology

Andrew D. Leavitt, MD
University of California - San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Clinical Non-malignant Hematology

Kojo S. J. Elenitoba-Johnson, MD
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Laboratory & Translational Hematology

Karin E. Finberg, MD, PhD
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
Laboratory & Translational Hematology

Stephen J. Simko, MD
Genentech
South San Francisco, CA
Industry Careers

Sophia Khaldoyanidi, MD, PhD
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals
Weston, MA
Industry Careers

Keith Hoots, MD
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
Government Careers

Craig Hooper, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA
Government Careers

Neil Goldenberg, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
St. Petersburg, FL
Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Careers

Naomi Winick, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Careers

Vesna Najfeld, PhD
The Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY
PhD Careers

Patricia C. Liaw, PhD
McMaster University Div. of Hematology & Thromboembolism
Hamilton, ON, CAN
PhD Careers

David C. Portnoy, MD
West Cancer Center
Germantown, TN
Clinical Careers in Hematology (Private Practice Careers)

Kenneth Adler, MD
Summit Medical Group, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Morristown, NJ
Clinical Careers in Hematology (Private Practice Careers)

Elaine A. Muchmore, MD
University of California San Diego
San Diego, CA
Medical Educators in Hematology

Kristie A. Blum, MD
Emory University Medical Center
Atlanta, GA
Medical Educators in Hematology

Cassandra Josephson, MD
Emory University
615 Michael St. Room 105M, GA
Transfusion Medicine

Lawrence Tim Goodnough, MD
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Transfusion Medicine

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Trainee Didactic Sessions

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 11:15 a.m. -
Monday, December 11, 2017, 1:15 p.m.

During lunch on Sunday and Monday, ASH will offer didactic sessions designed to provide trainees with an overview of timely and relevant career-oriented issues.Lunch will be provided. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. As seating is limited, attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive early. No additional participants will be allowed in the rooms once these sessions are filled.

Chair:

Angela R. Smith, MD, MS
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Schedule of Events

Trainee Didactic Session: Time Management and Balance

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, Bldg B- Lvl 2- B211-B212

This session will focus on the importance of time management and balance from both the clinical and lab perspectives. The expert panel will discuss time management challenges and successful strategies for dealing with issues. Using examples, they will also discuss various models for achieving work-life balance.

Speaker:

Jean L. Koff, MD
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Time Management and Balance: Adult/ Clinical

Trainee Didactic Session: Drug Development

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, Bldg B- Lvl 2- B207-B208

This session will focus on drug development for targeted therapy and immunotherapy. The speaker will describe the steps in the regulatory process for investigational new drug applications with a focus on drug testing, early phase clinical trials, and newer adaptive trials designs.

Speaker:

Michael R. Grever, MD
The Ohio State University Hospital
Columbus, OH
Trainee Didactic Session: Drug Development

Trainee Didactic Session: How to Set Up a Laboratory Research Program

Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, Bldg B- Lvl 2- B211-B212

This session will detail how to set up a laboratory research program, beginning with the necessary start-up package. Dr. Monica Guzman will describe laboratory management, including personnel and money, and discuss various avenues for lab funding.

Speaker:

Monica L. Guzman, PhD
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY
How to Set-up a Laboratory Research Program

Trainee Didactic Session: Bridging the Translational Divide

Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, Bldg B- Lvl 2- B207-B208

This session will help trainees identify cultural differences between basic science investigators and clinical researchers. The discussion will center on the interface between biomedical science and clinical medicine. The session will also help trainees develop the skills to participate in and lead translational research teams.

Speaker:

Nigel Mackman, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Bridging the Translational Divide

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