American Society of Hematology

Trainee Activities and Services

Trainees at the ASH Annual Meeting

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.

These activities are open only to individuals with a blue trainee badge.


Friday, November 30, 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.

The "Trainee Day" attendees may know from past annual meetings has been re-imagined as ASH-a-Palooza! What has emerged is a new educational experience that will offer a relaxed, open learning environment for trainees in a festival-like setting with multiple opportunities for micro learning. Learn more.

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Trainee Welcome Reception

Friday, November 30, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

At the end of ASH-a-Palooza, trainees will be invited to move upstairs to The Loft at Petco Park for a new take on the Trainee Welcome Reception. From a venue overlooking the park, trainees will have the opportunity to mingle, play games, and relax. The reception will include an overview of ASH trainee resources and brief remarks from the ASH president.

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Career-Development Lunch Sessions

December 1, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

These sessions 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.

Ann LaCasce, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA


Adult Clinical Malignant Hematology/BMT
Navneet Majhail, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Tanya Wildes, MD, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Saar Gill, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Michael Scordo, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Pediatric Clinical Malignant Hematology/BMT
Peter Cole, MD, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Christopher Dvorak, MD, University of California – San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Sarah Tasian, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
E. Anders Kolb, MD, Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE

Adult Clinical Non-Malignant Hematology
Colleen Morton, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Jeffrey Zwicker, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Jodi Mones, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Anjlee Mahajan, MD, University of California – Davis, Sacramento, CA

Pediatric Clinical Non-Malignant Hematology
Deepa Manwani, MD, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY
Robert Liem, MD, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Cindy Neunert, MD, Columbia University, New York, NY
Amanda Brandow, DO, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Laboratory and Translational Hematology
Wolfram Ruf, MD, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
Yi Lin, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Aaron Logan, MD, PhD, University of California – San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Anne Winkler, MD, Instrumentation Laboratory, Bedford, MA

Industry Careers
Michael Pourdehnad, MD, Celgene Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Arati Rao, MD, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Foster City, CA
Ramon Tiu, MD, Lilly Corporate Center, Indianapolis, IN
Melissa Eisen, MD, Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA

Government Careers (NIH)
Donna DiMichele, MD, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Terry Rogers Bishop, PhD, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Laurel Menapace, MD, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD
Ericka Boone, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

PhD Careers
Jeffrey Tyner, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Lawrence Boise, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Ishac Nazy, PhD, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Iannis Aifantis, PhD, New York University, New York, NY

Clinical Careers in Hematology (Private Practice)
Michael Tarantino, MD, Bleeding & Clotting Disorders Institute, Peoria, IL
Paul Fishkin, MD, Illinois CancerCare, Peoria, IL
Amy Tam, MD, Grand River Regional Cancer Center, Kitchener, Canada
Chancellor Donald, MD, Louisiana Oncology Associates, Lafayette, LA

Medical Educators in Hematology
Marc Kahn, MD, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Leslie Ellis, MD, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC
Ariela Marshall, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Jennifer Green, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Transfusion Medicine
Walter Dzik, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Allison Wheeler, MD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Justin Kreuter, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Richard Kaufman, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

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Trainee Didactic Sessions

On Sunday and Monday, ASH will offer didactic sessions designed to provide trainees with an overview of timely and relevant career-oriented issues. Please note that lunch will not be provided.

Morie Gertz, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Sunday, December 2, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Mentoring and Being Mentored
This discussion will focus on the importance of how to find a good mentor. The discussion leader will describe the roles of a good mentor and a good mentee. The discussion leader will highlight the evolution of the mentor/mentee relationship and will discuss aligning expectations.

Rima Jubran, MD, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Sherif M. Badawy, MBBCh, Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL

Basic Statistics for Hematologists
This talk will focus on how trainees can complete the basic statistics of their own research projects. Considering the financial implication of statisticians, it is important to empower trainees to understand and complete statistical research on their own. Trainees are often versed in basic and clinical research, so it is important to understand statistics and not always rely on statisticians for support.

Antje Hoering, PhD, Seattle Cancer Research and Biostatistics, Seattle, WA

Monday, December 3, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

How to Set Up a Clinical Research Program
This discussion will emphasize how a good clinical research team can be made and will describe the essential members of a clinical research team. The discussion leader will review various avenues for funding as well as how to develop collaborations with other clinical and laboratory-based investigators.

Ayalew Tefferi, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Bridging the Gap: How to Find Clinicians (PhD Topic)
This talk will help PhD trainees identify tactics for finding clinician scientist collaborators. The discussion leader will give suggestions on how to harmonize the goals for interdisciplinary teams. The talk will also cover how to develop strategies to overcome potential barriers to clinical translational collaboration.

Anupriya Agarwal, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

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Trainee Lounge

Trainees are invited to visit the Trainee Lounge in ASH Central (San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion) to meet with colleagues and recharge with complimentary refreshments.

The Trainee Lounge will open on the following days:

Saturday, December 17:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 27:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 37:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 47:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Other Sessions of Interest to Trainees

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