SGO Issues Dec. 5, 2013


SGO Issues December 5, 2013

Late-Breaking Submissions Open Dec. 5
Annual Meeting Preview: Landmark Trials, Landmark Careers
Voices: The Eternal Fellows
Gynecologic Oncology December 2013
#GYNCSM Tweetchat Dec. 11 ‘open mic’ forum
Important deadlines and reminders

Late-Breaking Submissions Open Dec. 5

Late-breaking abstract and surgical film submissions for the 2014 SGO Annual Meeting final scientific program will be accepted Dec. 5, 2013, through Feb. 10, 2014, 11:59 p.m. CST.

The late-breaking abstract session will highlight data of the highest scientific impact that has become available since the original 2014 Annual Meeting abstract submission deadline. An example of a late-breaking abstract would be the results of a recently closed Phase III trial for which no preliminary data are available at the time of the abstract submission deadline. Abstract submissions for this session can also include preliminary findings and conclusions if data analysis is still ongoing. However, trials or experiments for which data collection is not yet complete are discouraged.

Additional information on the submission criteria, research considerations, and submission instructions can be found here.

Annual Meeting Preview: Landmark Trials, Landmark Careers

Doll_WordPress_templateBy Kemi M. Doll, MD

The SGO Program Committee is pleased to announce the Resident/Fellow/Candidate Session at the 2014 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer: Landmark Trials, Landmark Careers on Friday, March 21, from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

To kick off this year’s Annual Meeting, there will be almost three hours of programming specifically geared towards everyone from medical students to junior faculty members. Returning this year is the popular “Landmark Trials in Gynecologic Oncology” lecture by Krishnansu Tewari, MD. Dr. Tewari is a fantastic speaker who does the impossible – condensing the history of research progress in gynecologic oncology into one clear, concise, and entertaining hour.

As trainees will attest, the accomplishments and discoveries they learn about can seem distant and unattainable. Senior mentors know this is far from the truth. For this reason, the other half of the session will be dedicated to a theme just as important as clinical knowledge–navigating a successful fellowship and early career. Amanda Nickles Fader, MD, who has both benefited from and cultivated successful mentorships for many years, will speak about the key aspects of a successful mentor relationship.

This will lay the groundwork for the concluding event–a full hour with a panel of early, mid-, and late- career gynecologic oncologists speaking frankly and personally to the issues of navigating the early career and the important work-life balance choices that face us all.

Scheduled panel members:

Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD
Wendy Brewster, MD, PhD
Michael Frumovitz, MD, MPH
Melissa Geller, MD
Barbara Goff, MD
Vivian von Gruenigen, MD

These women and men represent success stories from private practice, basic/translational research, atypical joint appointments, clinical research, surgical innovation, and leadership in the SGO. This interactive session will be illuminating no matter what career path our junior members envision. A reception will follow the program.

Kemi M. Doll, MD, is a Fellow at the University of North Carolina Medical School in Chapel Hill, NC. She is an SGO Fellow-In-Training Representative and a member of the 2014 Annual Meeting Program Committee.

Voices: The Eternal Fellows

Kelly_WordPress_templateBy Kelly Conley, AOCNP

While participating in SGO’s Allied Health Workshop this year in Nashville, I realized some common themes among the Advanced Practice Providers. Nashville was illuminating in many ways, from learning what a honky tonk bar entails, to the common bonds of advanced practice providers (APP). I am happy to report we share similar experiences of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Let’s start with the ugly: Electronic medical records. I believe that I can speak for all of us when I say that we are not thoroughly pleased with the amount of time we spend charting or scribing for our physician colleagues. It is, however, oddly comforting to know the pain is shared.

Next, the bad: The feeling of being a Fellow for life. We endure high expectations, intense patient care, long hours in an endless cycle that doesn’t lead to being a surgeon. But honestly I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. We fight the good fight with our patients and their families not because it’s about winning but because they are worth it.

Finally, we come to the good. All of the APPs I spoke with were extremely passionate about patient care and held fierce loyalty and respect for their physician colleagues. We are seen as a face of our practice since we spend so much time interacting with patients on a personal level. We are the consistency and comfort patients come to depend on from diagnosis and throughout the survivorship cycle.

The workshop focused on establishing and fine tuning a survivorship clinic. This is a personal quest of mine and a lot of the other APPs present. Providing the best and most comprehensive care for our survivors is paramount. Many of the tips and ideas sparked great dialogue amongst those present. We discussed barriers to funding and having access to multiple disciplines. We also shared treatment summaries and ideas about how to structure schedules were useful dialogues –something that I plan to implement within our own practice. Participants across the diverse cross section of practices represented at the conference noted the level of importance and value of an APP-run clinic.

The support and encouragement from the various physician partners was undeniable. My own physician colleague has been nothing but encouraging and supportive. She continues to be a mentor and an invaluable role model for skill and knowledge. The collaboration of a supportive and skilled physician with APPs that truly care about their patients is key to operating a successful survivorship clinic and providing the best possible care. Despite the bad and the ugly, the good is what drives this partnership, and I personally am very grateful to play a role in it.

Kelly Conley, AOCNP, is an advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner with Spectrum Health Medical Group Gynecologic Oncology in Grand Rapids, MI.

Gynecologic Oncology December 2013

Lead Article: Evaluation of the cost of CA-125 measurement, physical exam, and imaging in the diagnosis of recurrent ovarian cancer

Editorial: The cost of surveillance following treatment of ovarian cancer

#GYNCSM Tweetchat Dec. 11 ‘open mic’ forum

The next monthly Gynecologic Cancer Social Media (#gyncsm) tweetchat is Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m. EST. This month’s tweetchat is an “open mic” forum where participants are encouraged to discuss any topic related to gynecologic cancers. #gyncsm is an online community of patients, survivors and families impacted by gynecologic cancers.

Important deadlines and reminders

Register for SGO Winter Meeting
Housing and registration open for Annual Meeting
Voting members: Cast vote for bylaws amendment
Renew SGO member dues