Thursday, July 30 • 3:50pm - 5:20pm
S9: Early Career Professionals in Psycho-Oncology: Some “How To’s” to Support Career Development

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Psycho-oncology is a field that affords significant opportunities for innovation and impact. Early career researchers and clinicians in particular have the potential to contribute innovative ideas as the field continues to grow. The development of well-supported and skilful workforce will help address the vast psychosocial needs of cancer patients, survivors, and family members throughout the world. However, early career professionals in psycho-oncology (ECPPs) are often faced with formidable challenges in establishing their careers and building expertise. This is made more difficult in the absence of clear career pathways for ECPPs, which can leave ECPPs feeling unsupported. In addition to the key issue of limited access to resources, many ECPPs are also managing internal battles regarding disappointment and rejection and feelings of inadequacy. It is evident that ECPPs are in need of support.

Having recognised this need, a group of active and enthusiastic ECPPs, supported by IPOS, formed the IPOS ECPP Committee to promote the needs of early career researchers and clinicians commencing a career in psycho-oncology. The group has representation from Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia. The mandate of the IPOS ECPP Committee is to heighten awareness of and advocate for issues of particular importance to early career professionals, with special attention to the varied challenges that international ECPPs may face.

Chair: Michelle Peate
Discussant: Barry Bultz

S9-1: “How can we support you, let us count the ways”: The Challenges Faced and Resources Available to ECPPs in Limited-resource Countries, M. Chittem

S9-2: Surviving the Early Years in Psycho-Oncology: Fakin’ It ‘Til You Make It, W. Lichtenthal

S9-3: Securing Funding for Your Research, J. Rowland   

Thursday July 30, 2015 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Marquis Salon 9/10

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