SGO Issues Feb 7, 2019

SGO Issues Feb. 7, 2019

SGO adopts code of ethics for members
FWC has a new website
February 2019 Gynecologic Oncology Reports
SGO 50th Anniversary Interview: William T. Creasman, MD
SGO Open Election closes Feb. 12
HVO calls for volunteers to improve women’s health globally

SGO adopts code of ethics for members

On Jan. 8 the SGO Board of Directors approved a code of ethics for Society members. Produced by the new Professional Ethics Committee, headed by chairperson Monique Spillman, MD, PhD, and vice chair Vivian von Gruenigen, MD, the “Principles of Ethical Conduct and Practice: Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO)” lists 10 principles that SGO members are expected to adhere to in the practice of gynecologic oncology. This is the first code of ethics that is unique to SGO.

“It is important for SGO members to commit to a code of ethics to make our values clear to our patients, other professionals, regulators, payers and the government,” said Dr. Spillman. “One of the privileges afforded a profession is the ability to self-regulate the profession with the goal of patient protection.”

Dr. Spillman added that the ethics code will be discussed at the Member Forum on March 18 during the SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in Honolulu, HI.

FWC has a new website

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) is pleased to announce the launch of the new FoundationForWomensCancer.org. This website revamp focused on creating a user-friendly layout and updated educational information on cervical, ovarian, uterine/endometrial, vaginal or vulvar cancers.

Featured sections include the 2019 State of Gynecologic Cancers, the new Understanding Genetics in Gynecologic Cancers video, a new section on Gynecologic Cancer Basics and an  updated Seek a Specialist search tool. The Research section is where SGO members can now access information about the FWC Research Grants and Awards program.

As this website continues to develop as a resource for women with GYN cancers, the FWC welcomes any feedback from patients and health care practitioners. Please send all comments and recommendations to communications@sgo.org using the subject line, “FWC Website Feedback.”

February 2019 Gynecologic Oncology Reports

SGO 50th Anniversary Interview: William T. Creasman, MD

In celebration of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s 50th anniversary, 1988-1989 SGO president William T. Creasman, MD, describes fellowships in gynecologic oncology as the subspecialty was being established. Dr. Creasman will be one of several SGO past presidents speaking at the Farr Nezhat Surgical Innovation Session: 50 Years of Progress at the SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer on March 17.

SGO Open Election closes Feb. 12

Voting for the SGO Open Election ends at 11:59 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Feb. 12. All eligible SGO members received an email from noreply@directvote.net for the SGO open election on Jan. 14. The list of candidates for each position, including biographical information, personal statements and photos are on the online ballot.

HVO calls for volunteers to improve women’s health globally

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is seeking highly qualified gynecologic oncologists to volunteer at health institutions in Honduras, Nepal and Uganda throughout 2019. Volunteers work with local residents, faculty and staff to improve their gynecologic oncology skills and knowledge.

HVO is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that improves the availability and quality of health care through the education, training and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries. HVO volunteers impart critical knowledge to their colleagues at local health institutions, strengthening the local health workforce, and contributing to the availability of quality health care for all people.

Volunteers travel to project sites on short-term (one- to four-week) assignments. Activities include case presentations, lectures, clinical training, mentoring, research advisement, and continuing education.
SGO is a sponsor of HVO’s oncology program. Interested volunteers can contact Andrea Moody (a.moody@hvousa.org) or visit www.hvousa.org to learn more.