IASLC Mentorship Program

IASLC Mentorship Program

Entering its fifth year in 2019, the IASLC International Mentorship Program solidifies the IASLC’s commitment to educating the next generation of lung cancer researchers.

Apply for the Program
Celebrating its fourth year in 2018, the IASLC International Mentorship Program further solidifies the IASLC’s commitment to educating the next generation of lung cancer researchers. This rewarding program provides positive returns for both mentor and mentee, with the ultimate goal of forging lifelong collaboration.


You should move out of your comfort zone. If you do, you will always be learning. Go see other places and bring those ideas back to your country and patients. The mentorship program helped me do better for my patients.

- Kuruswamy Prasad, MD, PhD (Mentee)
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

To apply for the program, candidates submit an abstract for presentation at the IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) and provide a personal statement on their career goals, describing how the award will assist them. In 2018, the IASLC Career Development and Fellowship Committee reviewed more than 40 applications and selected 13 recipients. A Nursing and Allied Health mentorship was added in 2018.

Program participants are then matched with well-established scientific and clinical mentors from hospitals and research facilities in the region where the WCLC takes place. The awardees met daily with their mentors during the WCLC to discuss relevant conference presentations and strategies for getting the most out of the event. The week following the conference, the mentees traveled to their mentors’ institutions to shadow their mentor, discuss their career path and interact with researchers, physicians and other members of multidisciplinary cancer care teams.

Being a mentor provides a tremendously opportunity to learn about the challenges faced by oncologists in other countries. The IASLC should be commended for having a program like this as it benefits both mentor and mentee.

- Charles Butts, MD, FRCP (Mentor)
Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, Alberta

The 2018 mentees were from Argentina, Canada, China, India, Thailand, Turkey, Serbia and Uganda and their disciplines included basic sciences/cancer research; medical, radiation and surgical oncology; pulmonology; pathology; radiation therapy; and thoracic surgery.