A Workshop for Early Career SWOG Cancer Research Network Investigators

SWOG is committed to supporting investigators early in their clinical research careers through mentorship, professional development, and research support. Established in 1999, the SWOG Young Investigator Training Course (YITC) is the hallmark program for its early career members.

The YITC gives young investigators the opportunity to work one-on-one with SWOG’s most experienced leaders in order to develop a rigorous, relevant, and feasible SWOG trial concept to launch within the NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network.

The YITC involves intensive mentorship and an online course and culminates in a three-day workshop with SWOG leaders. The course plays a central role in fostering new leadership and ensuring the longevity and legacy of SWOG’s cancer research program.

Participants are expected to have previous experience within SWOG or make a future commitment to do so. About 4 to 6 young investigators are selected each year. In the past, these attendees have taken on leadership roles and have gone on to launch several SWOG trials. Including trials testing treatments for breast, lung, and colorectal cancers.

All costs for the workshop including travel, ground transportation, meals, lodging, materials, and the workshop itself will be free of charge to the selected young investigators and their institutions.

2022 deadline to apply: see below
2022 course dates: September 28-30

YITC Scientific Plan

Assurances & Signatures

Repeated COVID surges have prevented SWOG from holding a face-to-face session for the 2021 Young Investigators Training Course, and the intensive mentoring that’s at the core of the YITC cannot readily be achieved in a purely virtual setting.

For these reasons, we plan to convene the 2021 YITC cohort this September in Seattle, and have canceled the application cycle for 2022.

We look forward to inviting another round of YITC applications in 2023, and will extend the eligibility criteria to ensure that no one who would be eligible to apply this year will become ineligible next year.

We encourage young investigators to take advantage of other opportunities for engagement with the group in the interim, as outlined in this post: The Front Line: How Young Investigators Can Join SWOG’s Work.

Young Investigator Training Course