The Young Investigators Training Course is designed to intensively train selected young investigators in the SWOG system for protocol development, maintenance, and administration in order to develop a cadre of experts to quickly and efficiently develop priority studies. For the purposes of this training, young investigators are defined as oncology fellows in training or assistant professor equivalents affiliated with Group institutions or otherwise eligible for Group membership. The application period for the next course will open in May 2014.
These young investigators are asked to produce a concept for a SWOG Phase II or Phase III protocol and follow this idea through an intensive simulation of the protocol development process. A panel including Group leadership and the Chair of the applicable Disease Committee reviews each application package and chooses attendees for each training course. At the end of the course, the investigators' ideas are presented to the respective disease committee chairs for consideration of activation within the Group. While no guarantee is given that these particular ideas will be pursued within the Group, it is hoped that the principles learned through this workshop will produce attractive protocols that will be of great interest within the committees.
Costs of the Young Investigators Course are covered by a generous donation to SWOG from the Hope Foundation.
If you are an oncology Fellow or oncology Assistant Professor or equivalent affiliated with a SWOG institution or otherwise eligible for Group membership, watch this space in May 2014 for the opening of the application period for next year's course.
For more information, send us an e-mail via our Contact Us page (Subject Area: Protocols) or call the Operations Office at 210-614-8808.