The Symposium program will provide educational and networking opportunities for all oncology professionals, from laboratory research regarding biologic mechanisms of symptoms, to caring for the psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients and caregivers during cancer treatment and at the end of life. Several sessions will address emerging topics in the field that are critical across the cancer care community, such as immuno-therapy and disparities for underserved populations, from presentation of the latest laboratory research through the effects of those data on clinical care.
New programmatic features such as these demonstrate mindfulness of the whole-patient perspective and allow the diverse audience to better tailor their meeting experience.
The 2016 Symposium will also feature expanded opportunities for networking through programs such as the Trainee and Early-Career Luncheon and faculty-led Poster Walks. Lunchtime Meet the Faculty Networking Roundtables provide an opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues across specialties, as well as with faculty and other experts in the field in a casual setting. Smaller sessions, new for 2016, will allow attendees to work more closely with peers and faculty on a range of topics not covered in General Sessions. A new, innovative approach to mentorship—Expert Office Hours—allows for a one-on-one mentoring conversation with faculty. In addition, the Symposium will reprise one of the most popular programs at the 2015 Symposium—a Death Cafe—forums that began in Europe and allow people to engage in open, informal discussion about an often difficult-to-discuss topic: the end of life. Some events will require advance registration, and other events will allow seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
The full Program, which includes session times, titles, and faculty, will be available mid-summer.