The HTRS Junior Faculty Network: "ConECCTOR"

Consortium of Early Career Clinical, Translational and Outcomes Researchers

ConECCTOR meets via live and virtual events associated with ASH, HTRS Scientific Symposium and THSNA for discussion, networking, education and social events!  

Who Should Join?

  • Junior faculty up to 7 years post-fellowship
  • Must be an HTRS Core Member to join ConECCTOR

Topics of interest include:

  • Collaborative research
  • Setting career pathways
  • Determining work/life balance
  • Leadership
  • Building an educator’s portfolio

... and much more!

Join HTRS and become a member of ConECCTOR


  • Establish and enhance communication among junior faculty/junior attendings with careers in hemostasis and thrombosis
  • Establish a network of peer mentors to provide support and advice
  • Create a forum to discuss career development, standard of care clinical practice, and research among junior faculty
  • Establish a network of senior mentors to provide education and guidance at established meetings and throughout the academic year
  • Collaborate with the HTRS Fellows Network and HTRS members to develop and retain physician investigators in hemostasis and thrombosis


Webinar Series focuses on Career Development

Next ConECCTOR Network Meeting: THSNA in Chicago - August 2022

Watch for more details and registration link to come!


Grant Review Workshops: As requested

We invite ConECCTOR and Fellows Network members to let us know if they're interested in assistance with grant writing.  If so, please email Jennifer Ziegler, Director, Award Programs and Career Development, at [email protected].

You will receive direct feedback for potential improvements to your projects/applications and will have the potential for ongoing discussions with colleagues and mentors.  (*Due to conflicts of interest, we cannot accept applications for HTRS MRA or ATHN/DREAM Awards.)

Please submit grant-specific application materials and/or a description of the project and career goals to [email protected].  If accepted, materials will be reviewed by faculty in advance and discussed in a 60-minute session.


Last ConECCTOR Network Meeting: ASH in Atlanta 2021

The ASH 2021 HTRS ConECCTOR Meeting took place at the Omni Hotel/Pine Room in Atlanta, GA on Friday, December 10th from 4:30 to 6:00 PM ET, featuring these HTRS Faculty presenters and live Q&A:

For Agenda: CLICK HERE

  • Rebecca Kruse-Jarres, MD, MPH: "How to Build a Functional Clinical Care Team"
  • Mary Cushman, MD, MSc: "How to Submit a Manuscript and Respond Successfully to Reviews: An editor’s View"
  • Neil A. Goldenberg, MD, PhD: "How to Create and Run Multi-Institutional Trials"

Our last ConECCTOR Meeting took place virtually on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 in combination with the third Fellows Network Career Development Webinar, entitled "Negotiating Your First Job," along with an opportunity for those participating in our Mentor Match Program.  The agenda follows:

4:30 PM ET

Fellows Network Webinar - "Negotiating Your First Job"

Sven Olson, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Glaivy Batsuli, MD, Assistant Professor, Emory School of Medicine/Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Ang Li, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Emily Ayers, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia Health


5:30 PM ET

Networking opportunity for Mentor Match Program participants

To reserve a virtual table  once you've locked into a Mentor Match, email [email protected]


6:00 PM ET

ConECCTOR Meeting

The following faculty panelists will explore these topics with live Q&A to follow:

Nigel S. Key, MD: "Managing the K-to-R transition: What to do if you don't get a K-Award"

Robert F. Sidonio, MD: "Oral Presentations 101"

Leslie J. Raffini, MD: "Building a Mentorship Team"


ConECCTOR hosts biannual, in-person and virtual educational meetings during national hematology conferences. These educational meetings are usually 90-120 minutes long and feature research presentations by leading experts in benign hematology, small-group round-table discussions, networking time, and group discussion of topics of importance to early-career physician-scientists. 


Engage with our Mentor Match Program!

To forward our mentorship mission, we have formed a partnership between the HTRS Fellows and ConECCTOR (junior faculty) Networks: the Mentor Match Program. You have an excellent opportunity to mentor and/or be mentored at an important time in your career development. Thanks to 30-plus HTRS members who already have answered the call, we are up and running.

For a list of potential MENTORS, MENTEES, and their specialties, please email [email protected]. If you would like to take part but have not yet let us know, please send an email with your name, institution, preferred email address, preferred mentorship (see below), along with your area of specialty, and we'll add you to the list! 


Three types of mentorship opportunities:

On the lists of mentors and mentees (see links above), please review and identify someone with your similar mentorship availability/needs/specialty:

  • LIMITED INTERACTION: email contact with ConECCTOR members for brief questions

  • ONGOING MENTORSHIP: Specific details TBD by mentor/mentee (1 hour/month suggested, setting goals/milestones throughout the year)

  • ONE-TIME INTERACTION: "Speed-mentoring event" at a future conference (in-person/virtual)

When you reach out, take into account the kind of mentorship you’re both seeking.  Once you have established a mutually agreed-upon partnership/mentorship, email [email protected] to let us know to make it official.


Still want to take part but didn’t sign up yet? Please add your info to the following GOOGLE FORMS, and email [email protected] when you do:


Video Links for past ConECCTOR Meetings

To view the ConECCTOR Network Meeting on December 8, 2020, CLICK HERE

To view the combined event on March 30th, 2021, featuring the Fellows Network Webinar on "Applying for your First Faculty Job" and the ConECCTOR Meeting (as below), CLICK HERE 

2020-2022 ConECCTOR Co-Chairs

Lauren Amos, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of  Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Children's Mercy Kansas City

Hope Pritchett Wilson, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, University of Alabama at Birmingham