SGO Issues August 8, 2013
Gyn Onc Division at UAB teams up for Foundation
SGO 2013 Member Satisfaction Survey launches Aug. 9
Opportunities for Research Institute grant awards
SGO seeks additional bloggers for website
Gynecologic Oncology August 2013 content
Women’s Cancer News
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Allied Workshop Oct. 12 in Nashville
During the 2013 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, members of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine were inspired by a proposal from UAB alumnus and former SGO president James W. Orr, MD, FACOG, FACS. Dr. Orr offered to match donations of $5,000 or more to the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology’s Legacy Society, so all eight faculty members decided to team up with a combined contribution of $10,000.
Former SGO Presidents J. Maxwell Austin, Jr., MD, Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, and Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, Vice Chairman and Division Director, said that UAB’s donation was indicative of the institution’s commitment to the care of women with gynecologic cancers.
“Many of us have already made contributions to the Foundation, but when Jimmy made his commitment we got the whole division to step up and be part of his vision to see that his matching pledge was going to be met,” said Dr. Alvarez. “We’re passionate about our mission here at UAB, and we’re passionate about the mission of SGO.”
“We hope this can serve as an example to other divisions, and maybe challenge them to consider a similar contribution,” said Dr. Austin. In addition to Dr. Austin and Dr. Alvarez, the $10,000 gift from the UAB Gynecologic Oncology Division includes contributions from Jacob M. Estes, MD; Warner K. Huh, MD; J. Michael Straughn, Jr., MD; Charles A. Leath, III, MD; Charles N. Landen, MD; and Kerri S. Bevis, MD.
As UAB’s first gynecologic oncology fellow in 1973, Dr. Austin has observed that medical associations are no longer receiving the amount of pharmaceutical dollars that used to comprise the bulk of their funding years ago.
“I think our senior people, especially like me, need to be an example to our young people. And the younger generation has to be philanthropic also,” he said. “We’ve also got to have a significant percentage of contributions from our organization if we’re going to be able to go to non-members and say: ‘We need your support to help us. Can you do so?’ Because the next question usually is, ‘What percentage of your membership contributes?’”
Dr. Alvarez, whose career at UAB started with an internship 30 years ago, added that anyone can be a leader within SGO on a number of different levels, whether they are part of an academic institution or a private practice.
“SGO has ever increasing programmatic activities that are going to be benefiting the members of our Society and consequently their patients,” he said. “If we’re going to continue to provide those programmatic activities, we’re going to need an investment from our members into our society. We need all of our members to step up and invest their time and talent as well as financially into SGO and our Foundation.”
The SGO 2013 Member Satisfaction Survey will be sent to all members Aug. 9 via email. Online responses will be collected through Sept. 15. The survey includes questions about membership benefits, education offerings, Annual Meeting programming, communications and advocacy. The data gathered will be analyzed during the SGO Council strategic planning session in order to enhance the overall SGO membership experience.
“The Membership Committee recognizes that our members’ time is precious and that in the age of easy electronic surveys they are often inundated with survey tools,” said Chad Hamilton, MD, Vice Chair of the Membership Committee. “Despite this it remains our best way to gauge and expeditiously respond to our members’ needs. The Membership Committee went through the survey line by line to streamline and condense it at every point, and all we ask is for members to take just a few moments of their time to help us make our Society the very best it can be.”
Eligible members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology are invited to apply for the following research grants through the SGO’s Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology: The Wilma Williams Education and Clinical Research Award for Endometrial Cancer, and the Improving Outcomes in Gynecologic Oncology Patients Research and Education Award. Applications are now being accepted for both grants through Oct. 15, 2013 and winners will be notified by Dec. 2, 2013. The grant project period will be Jan. 6, 2014, through Dec. 30, 2014. Click here for award amounts and additional information about each grant.
SGO members are encouraged to share their experiences practicing medicine in the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology as a regular contributor or guest blogger on the SGO.org website. Gynecologic oncologists, fellows, candidates and allied health professionals at all membership levels are encouraged to submit a writing sample to email@example.com for consideration. Gynecologic cancer patient bloggers will also be considered if recommended by an SGO member.
Potential blog post topics might include:
- Health Volunteers Overseas
- Lessons learned as a resident or fellow
- Cancer survivorship
- Related topics in the news: Cancer and obesity, HPV vaccine, genetic testing
- Health care disparities pertaining to gynecologic cancers
Examples from current contributors can be found at the SGO.org Voices blog.
Read the latest edition of Women’s Cancer News.
State of the Art Conference/International Society for the Study of Trophoblastic Diseases (ISSTD) World Congress XVII: Sept. 20-23, 2013, in Chicago, IL. Register here.
SGO’s Allied Health Professionals Workshop: Optimizing Endometrial Cancer Care, will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Nashville, TN. This educational workshop is open to advanced practice providers or nurse clinicians who want to learn more about endometrial cancer care.