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November 11, 2021

Trainees Take Over the Tabernacle at #ASH21

Ah-Reum (Autumn) Jeong, MD and Aaron Michael Goodman, MD

Dr. Aaron Goodman (@AaronGoodman33) is an associate professor in the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Moores Cancer Center, San Diego. His specialties include bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapies, and his clinical/research interests are rare diseases, Castleman disease, and T-cell lymphomas. Dr. Goodman hails from Chicago and attended University of Illinois for undergrad, Emory for medical school, Washington University for residency, and UCSD for hematology-oncology fellowship. Dr. Goodman also offered insight into his life outside hematology. “I play in a rock band and have played guitar since age six,” he said. 

Joining Dr. Goodman this year is Junior Author Dr. Ah-Reum (Autumn) Jeong (@AutumnJeong). Dr. Jeong is a hematology/oncology fellow at Moores Cancer Center, University of California San Diego, in La Jolla, with a clinical/research interest is in lymphoma. She studied at Cornell University for undergraduate, and received her MD at University of Southern California, where she also did her internal medicine residency. She hails from Los Angeles and played lacrosse in high school. 

Aaron Michael Goodman, MD

The Tabernacle, home to epic rock concerts for more than 25 years, will now host its greatest show yet. Get ready for ASH-a-Palooza, which is back in person with rock spirit and grit. As usual, the trainee-centered event will kick-off the meeting the Friday before the official meeting, December 10 from 12:45 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. and be on time to catch a memorable opening performance by Dr. Rayne Rouce. 

Located in downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park District, the Tabernacle is a historic concert hall hosting many celebrated bands throughout the years, including Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan, and even Aaron’s (Papa Heme) favorite grunge act, Alice in Chains. The Tabernacle was founded by Dr. Leonard Gaston Broughton, who founded the Georgia Baptist Medical Center and nursing school, which originated as a three-bed infirmary. It was eventually converted into a music venue in 1996 during the Centennial Olympic Games.  

ASH-a-Palooza is the premiere event where trainees of all career stages can meet, network, and even have a drink with their hematology heroes. Nothing is more enjoyable than meeting with friends and colleagues, and forming relationships that could lead to future mentorship. All trainees with the blue badge, including undergraduates, medical and graduate students, residents, and fellows, are welcome to participate.   

Ah-Reum (Autumn) Jeong, MD

ASH-a-Palooza is a multidimensional event hosting three simultaneous sessions: ASH Talks, Blood Drops, and Blood Buddies. ASH Talks are 18- to 20-minute, TED Talk–style presentations in which hematology 

greats present relevant and cutting-edge topics in hematology. The minimalist but mighty Blood Drops are five- to 10-minute, short-burst, high-yield learning sessions. Subjects include topics in malignant and nonmalignant hematology; diversity, equity, and inclusion; quality improvement; and wellness. Participants can move freely between each session, which will be done twice in a row in case you missed a talk or wanted to return to a particular topic.  

Lastly, Blood Buddies are 10-minute, one-on-one mentoring sessions with a faculty member, providing a unique opportunity to meet the leaders in the field. Those who will be joining ASH 2021 virtually needn’t worry: Blood Buddies will also be available virtually! (See Sidebar for more information on how to schedule appointments.) 

Following ASH-a-Palooza, is the Trainee Welcome Reception where participants can mingle, jam, and network with peers in an informal, fun environment. The reception will also include brief remarks from the ASH president, an overview of ASH resources for trainees, and a trainee-focused guide to #ASH21 

In addition to ASH-a-Palooza, there are various events scheduled throughout the meeting, specifically designed for trainees. These include the Career Development Lunch (Saturday, December 11 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) and Trainee Didactic Sessions (Sunday, December 12, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., and Monday, December 13, 12:15-1:15 p.m. at ASH Central).  

Finally, the trainee lounge will be open for all trainees from Saturday, December 11 to Tuesday, December 14 at ASH Central. Visit the lounge to recharge throughout the meeting with complimentary refreshments, and socialize with fellow trainees. More information on ASH-a-Palooza and trainee specific activities can be found at on the virtual meeting platform. 

Get pumped and get ready for a memorable evening, where you will for sure meet a few new blood buddies. 

Dr. Jeong and Dr. Goodman indicated no relevant conflicts of interest. 

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