Panel Discussions

Friday, October 13      8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Successful conduct of clinical research: Perspectives from private practice and academia

Sponsored by

Panelists:  Drs. Antonella Borgatti, Christine Mullin, Tony Rusk and Zack Wright

Moderator:  Kristen Weishaar

Clinical trials provide a pathway to the discovery of novel approaches to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases in veterinary medicine. Participating in these efforts can be very rewarding for clinicians. However, there are many organizational factors to take into consideration when adding clinical trials into the clinic workflow. The goal of this panel discussion is to provide guidance on navigating the challenges associated with initiating and maintaining a successful clinical trials program in both private practice and academia settings. The panelists will share their experiences in clinical research, including the key components needed to plan and support clinical trials in order to help these trials achieve scientific, clinical and regulatory objectives.

Saturday, October 14     1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Maximizing success and well-being:  Strategies for oncology training programs

Sponsored by

Panelists:  Drs. Susan Lana, Emma Warry and Brenda Phillips

Moderator: Dr. Jenna Burton

Training residents that have the skills and knowledge to be successful in their career path as oncologists is paramount for the growth of our profession. However, an American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAMVC) survey conducted in 2020 suggests that many residents have concerns regarding their physical health, mental wellbeing, workload demands, and learning environments, with 54% of the respondents screening positive for moderate to severe depression at the time of the survey. It is time that we look critically at our training programs to examine how we can best ensure success and wellbeing of our trainees. This panel seeks to discuss how programs identify mentees likely to be successful, identify ways to better balance the requirements of training programs and resident wellness, and share various successes and challenges overseeing residency training programs, with the goal of identifying new strategies to ensure we continue to train highly skilled oncologists that will experience career longevity.