While the search for post-fellowship employment is an essential part of early career development, little is known about the tools and techniques fellows use during their job search and the specific challenges they face during the process. In this pilot survey study of hematology-oncology (HO) fellows at a large academic training program, the majority of 20 respondents (43% of all fellows) reported a plan to specialize in medical oncology, and most planned to practice in an academic setting. Fellows who had started the job search process reported using several tools/techniques including online job centers and email distribution lists, word of mouth, prior connections with other institutions, and their HO fellowship program leadership, and most reported that their current institution provided help for their job search in at least one way. Job search challenges included learning about available positions, lack of mentorship on the process, lack of sufficient time for the process, and lack of preparation for negotiation. Fellows suggested additional resources that could be helpful to future job searchers including access to information about prior HO fellowship graduates, training in negotiation and interviewing, and career development mentorship. We plan to use this information to expand our own Career Development program for fellows enacting many of these suggestions, and we encourage the use of this information as pilot data for the development of larger studies across other medical and surgical specialties.
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- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health