ASH-a-Palooza has gone virtual! The ultimate event for hematology trainees will continue to kick off the meeting, spreading the much-anticipated content over two days, from Thursday, December 3 to Friday, December 4, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Pacific time. Many of the festivities from the in-person event have been reformatted to fit a virtual platform, and other trainee activities have been re-imagined and included in the ASH-a-Palooza schedule for an all-encompassing trainee experience.

ASH Talks. One ASH Talk is scheduled for each day of ASH-a-Palooza, and this year, leadership and racial disparities in health care are the premier topics. The talks will be followed by a live Q&A hosted by the presenters.

Blood Drops. These micro-learning sessions are back this year and will cover topic including ASH award opportunities, career pathways, and wellness, plus two new topics — “Health Disparities” and “Finding your Career.” Each session is prerecorded and will be followed by a Q&A session. All Blood Drops will be presented twice.

Blood Buddies and Blood Buddy Forums. Trainees will have the opportunity to meet with leaders in the field in two different formats. The Career Development Lunch session has been re-imagined into Blood Buddy Forums. The Forums are virtual rooms where a faculty mentor will be answering questions and giving advice to a group. Trainees can also choose a one-on-one, 10-minute Blood Buddy session to discuss career tracks and seek advice from faculty mentors. The latter half of each day is reserved for mentorship, so make sure to take advantage of the opportunity to meet prestigious ASH members. Scheduling for Blood Buddies will be available at 7:00 a.m. Pacific time each day of ASH-a-Palooza.

Trainee Didactic Sessions. The simultaneous didactic sessions that are usually held over lunch on Sunday and Monday of the meeting will now be offered on Friday, December 4, as a part of ASH-a-Palooza. Prerecorded presentations will be presented at the prescribed times, followed by a live Q&A hosted by the panel speakers.

Special Symposium on Quality. This year’s Special Symposium on Quality will take place during ASH-a-Palooza and will feature a presentation on physician burnout by Dr. Shelly Dev of Sunnybrook Hospital. The 2020 Trainee Competition will follow her presentation and will feature four hematology trainees presenting their innovative responses to the question of what we can we do about burnout among trainees and seasoned hematologists.

Focus on Career Opportunity. ASH is committed to supporting trainees in their next career opportunity. Career advice is a theme that weaves throughout each component of ASH-a-Palooza. The Blood Drop session “Finding Your Career” highlights alternate career pathways, introducing the road less traveled, while Blood Drops focusing on specific disease areas will give you a peek into a day in the life of a hematologist specializing in sickle cell disease or stem cell transplantation.

We encourage all ASH-a-Palooza attendees to visit the ASH Job Center to view currently available job opportunities.

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