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A career in gynecologic oncology can be rewarding, however, it is universally strenuous and demanding. Caring for women with gynecologic cancers (and complex gynecologic problems) requires a significant and continuous commitment from providers. And this, unfortunately, can lead to burnout. This website represents an effort of the Task Force to shed light on the high rate of burnout in gynecologic oncology as a specialty, promote discussion, and provide resources and potential solutions.

SGO’s Gynecologic Oncology Wellness Task Force was formed in response to a membership survey which established a high prevalence of physician burnout in gynecologic oncologists, affecting over 30% of respondents. Understanding the importance of physician wellness, the Wellness Task Force was assembled to address the following mission and goals.

Mission and Goals

NEW– SGO joined the National Academy of Medicine’s movement on combating burnout and improving clinician well-being.  The Wellness Taskforce submitted a commitment statement which can be found here.

By understanding the stressors and devising timely interventions, all members of the women’s cancer care team can implement approaches to help reduce the risk of stress and burnout and improve career satisfaction and wellness. The goals of this volunteer taskforce include:

  • Raising awareness
  • Providing intervention tools and techniques
  • Conducting additional research and surveys, and pooling resources for investigation and intervention
  • Providing additional education to SGO members

Task Force Leadership

  • Chair: David Kushner, MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Co-Chair: Kenneth Kim, MD, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
  • Co-Chair: Ilana Cass, MD, UCLA Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • SGO Staff Liaison: Jessica Oldham