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IASLC International Mentorship Program


The deadline to apply for the IASLC International Mentorship Program has now passed.

Notifications have been sent on October 5, 2016. Please contact wclc2016-abstracts at icsevents.com if you did not receive a notification letter.

About the Program

The International Mentorship Program is a professional development and education program for early-career physicians/researchers studying thoracic malignancies from economically-developing countries. The awardees are matched with well-established scientific and clinical mentors from within the hosting WCLC region and visit the mentor’s institution for approximately a week following the WCLC.

The award will cover all expenses including travel and accommodation expenses as well as registration fees for WCLC 2016.

Goal of the Program

The goals of the International Mentorship Award Program are:

  • To share information and ideas and to teach skills that the awardee can pass along to his or her colleagues at their home institutions.
  • To establish communication and collaborative relationships between the mentor and mentee and their respective institutions.

Comments from the 2015 Mentorship Award Winners

The best part of the IASLC Mentorship Award was getting to know my mentor and the way he works. It was awesome. Another thing for me was to be involved in so many activities of IASLC during WCLC. It is very different from other organizations; you come to realize this is really a “lung cancer family”.


I have just started my new career as the first medical oncologist in my hometown. Everything in my hospital is new. When I went to my mentor’s institution, I got lots of ideas to improve my oncology unit and team. I saw strong oncology teams, the importance of networking, the system of cancer research and I saw what experts do in the practice. All of these experiences make me really want to make something better.  Thank you for giving me a chance to learn new experiences in a developed country.


Winning the IASLC Mentorship Award will impact my career. First, my mentor and I are planning to establish collaboration both in basic and clinic research. Second, this experience offered me an opportunity to join in IASLC community. Third, this experience offered me an opportunity to know many experts and early-career physicians/researchers all over the world. We will get in touch with each other and look for potential collaborations in the future.