Errors made in the design and conduct of a clinical trial can make it impossible for the trial to provide a definitive answer about the effectiveness of a new approach. Poor design can lead to the abandonment of promising avenues of research that are based on sound basic scientific work and to delays in the introduction of new treatments into the general practice of oncology. AACR and ASCO have responded to this problem by designing a program that will:
  • Introduce clinical fellows and junior faculty in any oncology subspecialty to the principles of good clinical trial design and give them the tools they need to conduct clinical trials that will yield clear, definitive results.
  • Expose young clinical scientists to the full spectrum of challenges in clinical research, ranging from the use of conventional antineoplastic agents to gene therapy, in the expectation that they will then want to devote all or a portion of their future careers to some aspect of clinical cancer research.
  • Develop a cadre of well-trained, experienced clinical researchers whose expertise will foster better clinical trial design and thereby hasten the introduction of improved agents for cancer therapy and prevention into everyday medical practice and patient care.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research. The American Society of Clinical Oncology is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians (ACCME provider number 0000152).

The American Society of Clinical Oncology designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 38.5 hours in Category 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

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