SGO Issues February 6, 2014
Annual Meeting lecturettes and debates include exhibitor luncheon
HVO seeking gynecologic oncology volunteers
Submit late-breaking abstracts by Feb. 10
SGO open election ends Feb. 21
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By Carol Brown, MD, FACOG, FACS
Building upon a format introduced at the 2012 SGO Annual Meeting, the lecturettes and debates at the 2014 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer are designed to allow significant discussion for oral presentations and build synthesis within a session.
For the lecturette sessions, the presenters engage the audience to better understand the science that is being presented rather than highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the paper and re-presenting the scientific data. Our goals are to:
- Help the audience better understand the impact of the science
- Allow attendees to utilize this information to better treat their patients
- Provide attendees with take-home information to change their practice
In addition to the lecturettes, the Program Committee found several comments in the 2013 Annual Meeting evaluations that pointed to the popularity of the pro/con debates—many attendees who provided feedback on the Annual Meeting found the debates to be valuable and many others stated that they would like to see debates covering various topics for the 2014 Annual Meeting. “The debates were most beneficial because they targeted controversial areas of practice and nicely summarized the available data,” wrote one commenter.
Featured Lecturettes and Debates
There are a total of 15 lecturettes scheduled for this year’s Annual Meeting, covering a wide variety of topics in the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology. Some of the titles include:
- Introduction of the TCGA Concept, Kathleen Moore, MD- during Scientific Plenary I: Innovative and Practice Changing Concepts in Gyn Oncology
- Tips and Tricks for Operating on the Super Morbidly Obese, Pamela Stone, MD, University of Arkansas
- Overview of obesity in endometrial cancer and future directions, Angeles Secord, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
There are also several debates scheduled, with topics ranging from “Sentinel Nodes” to “Chemotherapy vs. the addition of pelvic radiation in the treatment of high-risk endometrial carcinoma including carcinoma.” The featured debate for this year’s Annual Meeting will take place during the Exhibitor Luncheon on the subject of “Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Ovarian Cancer,” with Andrew Berchuck, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC offering the “pro” arguments and Beth Karlan, MD, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA offering the “con” arguments for this debate.
The Program Committee invites all of our Annual Meeting attendees to participate in the floor discussion of the lecturettes and listen in on the debates that have been scheduled for the Annual Meeting. By encouraging open discussions on select topics in GYN oncology and presenting a pro/con debate format for the more controversial clinical topics we feel that the educational offerings at this year’s Annual Meeting will give all of our attendees important information to enhance their practices and better serve the women who rely on their expertise.
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is seeking gynecologic oncology volunteers for one- to two-week assignments in 2014 for a team traveling to Honduras in October, several teams going to Paraguay, and a cervical screening project in Cambodia between April and September.
SGO has partnered with HVO since 2011, encouraging its members to share their valuable skills and expertise with oncology colleagues around the world. Volunteers have the opportunity to join with other oncology specialists to train their counterparts around the world by demonstrating skills, providing lectures and modeling the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary team working together to address cancer issues.
“We know the burden of cancer, particularly breast and cervical, is great in the developing world. And yet, health care personnel do not have essential training for preventing, treating or sometimes even recognizing these significant health care risks among women,” said Kate Fincham, Director of Program Support at HVO.
“Heavy workloads and a significant lack of resources limit local providers’ opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge needed to address this growing epidemic in less-developed regions of the world,” Fincham added. “That’s why HVO needs the expertise of SGO members. They have the knowledge and skill, and by volunteering with HVO, they can share that knowledge and skill with an overseas colleague who will serve the women of the developing world for years to come.”
For additional information on how to volunteer contact Max Ryan at HVO at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the HVO office at 202-296-0928.
SGO members are encouraged to submit late-breaking abstracts for consideration in SGO’s 45th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer’s scientific program. Submit abstracts online using the abstract submission site before 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
Please review the abstract guidelines prior to your submission. All topics pertaining to women’s cancer are welcomed. Accepted science will be announced in late February. Any questions can be directed to SGO’s education department at email@example.com.
The SGO Board of Directors and Foundation Council election is open now through Feb. 21. If you did not receive the emailed ballot from firstname.lastname@example.org, it may have been caught in your email filters. You may request that your login information be sent again from the ballot login page.
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