SGO Issues April 4, 2013
SGO History: Gone but not Forgotten
Dr. William Creasman receives Golden Apple Award from HVO
May 1 deadline for OCRF Women to Woman proposals
ASCCP releases updated consensus guidelines for cervical cancer
New videos now available on the SGO YouTube Channel
Photos from 2013 SGO Annual Meeting now online
Claim SGO Annual Meeting CME/CNE credits by April 22
In the News
By Richard C. Boronow, MD
With the death of John Mikuta, MD, earlier this year, the two initiators of our society are gone. Hervy Averette, MD, died in 2005.
In January 1968 John attended a radiation therapy meeting in Miami. In the “Gynecology” section of the program Hervy presented a paper on his experience with radical hysterectomy for early cervical cancer. Neither man knew the other but John wrote Hervy and this initiated what proved to be a flurry of correspondence.
They agreed to meet for the first time in New Orleans at the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) meeting coming up in March. They met and had lengthy discussions about their mutual sense of the emerging need for the creation of our society. Notes were jotted down on cocktail napkins at the SkyLite Lounge at the Monteleone Hotel where the meeting was held!
John contacted Michael Newton, MD, then-Director of American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and very recently Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Hervy contacted the Mayo Clinic’s Dick Symmonds, MD. Overtures were made to several others. Plans were then made for meeting at the ACOG convention in Chicago in May. This after-hours gathering was attended by John, Hervy, Dr. Newton, Dr. Symmonds, George Lewis, Jr., MD, Denis Cavanagh, MD, Leonard Palumbo, Jr., MD, and Julian Smith, MD.
SGO partner Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is pleased to announce that William Creasman, MD, is a recipient of the eighth annual HVO Golden Apple Award. As part of its observances for World Health Day on April 7, HVO created this award to recognize the extraordinary educational contributions of volunteers to international program sites. Each volunteer honored with this award has demonstrated a strong commitment to HVO’s educational mission by working on curriculum development, teacher training, didactic or clinical training, or the enhancement of educational resources.
Since 2010, Dr. Creasman has dedicated his efforts to developing the gynecologic oncology program at Hospital San Felipe in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He initiated and continues to lead the formal gynecologic oncology residency training program. Under his guidance, the residents are mentored on the fundamentals of gynecologic malignancies and develop skills in solving complex gynecologic problems. He has conducted monthly telemedicine tumor board meetings between the surgical oncology residents in Honduras and the gynecologic, radiation, and medical oncologists in the US.
According to the official HVO press release, “The impact of his teaching and the tumor board meetings is enhancing the knowledge and improving the surgical skills of the surgical oncology trainees, attending physicians, pathologists, and radiation oncologists. Not only are the residents learning how to be a good physician, but they are learning how to be a good teacher, leader, and team player.”
An HVO member since 2010, Dr. Creasman has volunteered with HVO’s oncology program in Honduras on three occasions and has completed a site assessment in Costa Rica. He has served on HVO’s Oncology Steering Committee since June 2012, emphasizing the need for working with residency training programs to host multidisciplinary oncology training. Dr. Creasman has previously served on medical missions in the mountains of Honduras and he also had prior experience teaching gynecologic oncology fellows in Asia.
Dr. Creasman is Distinguished University Professor at Medical University of South Carolina, where he was Sims-Hester Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and he is a Fellow ad Eundem of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in London. He has served as President of the SGO in 1988 and is co-author of the widely read Clinical Gynecologic Oncology, which is currently in its 8th edition and has been translated into several languages. He also serves as Chair of the gynecologic cancer committee of International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO), which is responsible for the FIGO staging system.
The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is requesting proposals for its Woman to Woman grant program now until May 1, 2013. This one-year grant provides institutions with $50,000 to start a Woman to Woman peer support program. Woman to Woman is a professionally led volunteer support, education and advocacy model for women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancer. The program pairs gynecologic cancer patients with professionally trained and supervised survivor volunteers who provide one-on-one emotional support and mentoring and promote education and self-advocacy for women in treatment, their partners, families, and other caregivers. Additional information and a link to the application form can be found at OCRF.
The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) released the Updated Consensus Guidelines for Managing Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Tests and Cancer Precursors on March 22. These guidelines follow adoption of updated cervical cancer screening guidelines in 2012 incorporating longer screening intervals and co-testing. Algorithms detailing the different management recommendations were also developed and released.
The ASCCP website lists the consensus guidelines for cervical cancer in several formats:
• For a PDF of the complete guidelines, click here.
• For a PDF of the guidelines algorithms, click here.
• To purchase the algorithms in booklet form, click here.
• To purchase the mobile app through the iTunes store, click here.
• For a copy of the press release, click here.
Now on the SGO YouTube Channel: Watch the video presented at the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology Gala which recounts the history of the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and honors the past and present leaders of the GOG. Also on YouTube, view the Convention and Visitors Bureau video from sunny Tampa, FL, home of the 2014 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, to be held March 22 – 25, 2014 at the Tampa Convention Center.
Watch the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology video honoring the GOG:
Learn more about Tampa, location of the 45th SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer:
Photos from the SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer are now available for viewing and purchasing online. Visit http://sgophotos.com/ to view and purchase pictures or view photo highlights from the 2013 Annual Meeting on the SGO Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/sgo1.
Attendees of the 2013 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer are reminded to claim their CME/CNE credits by Monday, April 22. Certificates will be sent via email after this date. Attendees can login by using their last name and zip code to complete the evaluation for CME/CNE credit. International attendees interested in claiming credit should enter their last name and country. If there are any questions regarding CME credits, please contact SGO’s Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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