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The Leadership, Engagement, and Action in Diversity (LEAD) Program is a six-month mentored pipeline opportunity created by the SGO Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity (DIHE). The LEAD program offers Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) trainees sponsorship, resources, and a network to support their development as future gynecologic oncologists.

This initiative is fully dedicated to formalizing, improving, and strengthening the pipeline of URiM trainees in preparation for a successful match to gynecologic oncology fellowship, with the express goal of diversifying our field

View the virtual curriculum, 2024 Annual Meeting topics, application information and eligibility requirements below.



The Association of American Medical Colleges definition of underrepresented in medicine is:

Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.

Applications are now closed.

The program will kick-off in October with 5 virtual Zoom meetings. There will be an in-person capstone session at the SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.

During this phase of the program, mentors and mentees will be responsible for scheduling one-on-one meetings to achieve other professional development goals.

This program is supported by independent medical education grants from AstraZeneca, Genentech, Genmab, GSK, Immunogen and Seagen.



(OCTOBER – February) 

October 2023: Day in the life of a practicing gynecologic oncologist (private, academics, community)

November 2023: Components of a successful fellowship match

December 2023: Developing and carrying out small doable research projects

January 2024:  How to find mentors and sponsors

February 2024: Why we need racial and ethnic diversity in clinical trialists and clinical trials

All virtual sessions are mandatory and will be 60 minutes between 6 pm CST and 7 pm CST.

Annual Meeting Session


Presentations, small groups, and panel discussions to cover the following topics to include:

  1. Research development: Optimizing / Maximizing involvement in meaningful, productive research as a junior trainee
  2. Mentorship development
  3. Presentations
  4. Small group discussions




  • Senior (third and fourth year) medical students, residents of all years, research/pelvic surgery fellows or early career generalists who identify as URiM based on the AAMC definition of Underrepresented in Medicine.
  • Participants must be SGO members.   Please find membership options below:
    • Applicants may  apply for SGO membership at time of application.
    • SGO institutional Membership offers a membership opportunity for entire training programs. These programs (for example, an OB/Gyn residency or a Gyn Pathology fellowship) can purchase an annual membership to SGO for all current trainees.


The online application procedure requires the following items:

  • Personal statement: Describing your interest in gynecologic oncology, caring for people with gynecologic malignancies, and expressing what aspect of this field provides you with meaning or excitement.
  • Letter of support: Letter confirming that you will have protected time to participate in the LEAD program; ensuring acceptable academic standing, secured time to attend the day long summit at the 2024 annual meeting, and approval for continued virtual engagement (group cohort meetings at 1, 6, 9 months, small quarterly group meetings).
    • Students need to have a letter signed by their OBGYN clerkship director and have it signed by the education dean
    • Residents need to have a letter signed by their program director and have it signed by the department chair
    • Junior faculty in practice or research fellows need to have Chair or Research mentor approval
  • Your C.V.
  • Essay questions explaining:
    • How you contribute to diverse healthcare environments.
    • The professional experience on your CV/resume of which you are most proud and why.

Applications will not be accepted unless they contain all the elements described above. All parts of the application form, including the Letter of Support, CV, Personal Statement and Essay Questions must be submitted before the application deadline.

For additional instructions or questions regarding the application, please contact DIHE@SGO.org


Applications are now closed. Participants will receive an acceptance notice by SEPTEMBER 15. The program will begin in October 2023.