ASTRO ROCKS: Transitioning from Mentored to Independent Research

In this Research-Oriented Career Knowledge and Support (ROCKS) web session, experienced investigators shared how they successfully transitioned from mentored to independent research, not only from the grant writing perspective, but also on how they managed different roles and expectations that came from such a transition.

This activity is available from January 3, 2022, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on January 2, 2025.

This activity was originally recorded as an ASTRO "ROCKS" Web Session on October 14, 2021.

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the interest of researchers who aspire to become independent investigators.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the NIH career development K awards to help early career scientists become independent.
  • Implement strategies for a successful transition from mentored to independent research.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.00 Certificate of Attendance
    This activity was designated for 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
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Debra Nana Yeboa, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; ASTRO Leadership Pipeline Program - Science Council Participant

Speakers (in alphabetical order by last name):
Justin E. Bekelman, MD, Director, Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation (PC3I); Professor of Radiation Oncology, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Yansong Bian, MD, PhD, Program Director, Cancer Training Branch, Center of Cancer Training, NCI
Issam El Naqa, PhD, DABR, FAAPM, FIEEE, Chair of Machine Learning, Senior Member of Radiation Oncology, and Moffitt Distinguished Scholar, Moffitt Cancer Center
Joanne B. Weidhaas MD, PhD, MSM, Professor and Vice Chair, Division of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, UCLA Radiation Oncology

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The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education to physicians.

ASTRO is awarded Deemed Status by the American Board of Radiology to provide SA-CME as part of Part II Maintence of Certification. 

Available Credit

  • 0.00 Certificate of Attendance
    This activity was designated for 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


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