The Annual Trainee Oncology Meeting (ATOM) was held this year in the vibrant city of Belfast. There were two clinical themes: advances in the treatment of oligometastatic disease; including radiotherapy, surgical and interventional techniques and also an expert update session on therapeutic radionuclides and brachytherapy in the treatment of prostate cancer. Trainees gained insights into becoming a consultant based on personal experiences, clinical and research fellowships, as well as being provided with valuable tips on the FRCR examinations.
The programme was innovative with many thanks to Belfast registrars Drs Claire Rooney and Laura Mooney for the time they spent organising the conference. As always, the ATOM weekend was a great opportunity to network with peers from across the UK and Ireland, with the bonus of spectacular Irish music and dancing led by Sinead McCaffrey, a Belfast Specialty registrar, on Saturday evening.
In addition, many trainees enjoyed the sights of Belfast, including the Titanic Museum and the Crown Bar, one of Northern Ireland’s oldest pubs refurbished in 1885.
On the Friday prior to the ATOM, we ran a workshop focusing on ‘How to get published’. There were inspiring lectures from experts in their field, with practical advice on each step of the research and publication journey. We are grateful to the eminent members of the academic committee who travelled to Belfast for the workshop, including Dr Charlotte Coles, Editor of Clinical Oncology.
Manchester will host ATOM in 2018 and we look forward to another successful conference, with the promise of an exciting programme and further networking opportunity.