SGO Issues July 24, 2014
Globe-athon expands to 4 weeks in September
GYN ONC Wellness Task Force Request for Volunteers
SGO introduces Early Career Educational Summit
Two SGO members elected to ABOG Board
SGO supports ACOG initiative for women’s preventive health services
Career Center delivers member discounts seamlessly
NCI announces the Outstanding Investigator Award
The international movement to raise public awareness and promote education about all gynecological cancers, Globe-athon is expanding to four weeks in September as it enters its second year. A new promotional video plus scheduled regional events and education sessions are in the works for the 2014 Globe-athon.
Last year, participants in over 60 countries and 130 cities participated in Globe-athon walks and other events over one weekend in support of women and families affected by gynecologic cancers. This year’s Globe-athon events are scheduled throughout September, which is also Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. The awareness campaign has been scheduled regionally:
- Week of Sept. 7: North and South America
- Week of Sept. 14: Africa and Middle East
- Week of Sept. 21: Europe and North Asia
- Week of Sept. 28: East Asia and Asia Pacific
Last year’s “Pass it On” video to promote the Globe-athon to End Women’s Cancer was viewed by over 110,000 people on YouTube. This year, Globe-athon founder Larry Maxwell, MD, is asking providers, patients and family members from around the globe to lip synch their video to the song, “Best Day of My Life.” Instructions on how to participate in the promotional video are available on the Globe-athon home page. Participants are asked to state on camera that they have provided their permission for their clip to be used in the video.
“I am hoping that we can acquire content from patients, providers, family and friends, in front of national landmarks or in health care settings from our partners around the world to create a composite video that will go viral. We need folks to be as sensational as possible,” said Dr. Maxwell. “Through social media, we can work together to remove silos and bring the discussion of women’s cancers to an international stage.”
To find a local Globe-athon event this September visit globeathon.com/2014-events/.
SGO President Elect II Jeffrey Fowler, MD, is calling for volunteers for a new Gynecologic Oncology Wellness Task Force to provide members with tools and approaches to help reduce the risk of stress and burnout and improve career satisfaction and wellness. The task force will be co-chaired by Andrew Berchuck, MD and Bobbie Gostout, MD.
“There is a clear and present need for a Gynecologic Oncology Wellness Task Force due to the demonstrated high risk of stress and burnout in our subspecialty, which adversely affects the quality of life of our members,” said Dr. Fowler, who noted the tremendous response to his presentation of the membership survey on stress/burnout at the 2014 SGO Annual Meeting, and the enthusiasm and interest Dr. Amit Sood received for his two sessions on stress management.
Dr. Fowler said that while most of the members of the SGO embrace a strongly positive view of the gynecologic oncology profession and derive great satisfaction from surgery, clinical practice and helping patients, the subspecialty is very stressful for several reasons:
- Complexity of medical decision making and lack of a clear evidence base to support many decisions
- Many elderly and/or medically fragile patients
- Challenge of being both a chemotherapist and surgeon
- Challenging surgery and many long cases, complications and adverse outcomes
- Constantly dealing with issues of death and dying
- Responsibilities demanding long hours and dedication, which can contribute to burn out due to loss of work-life balance
The request for volunteers will remain open for the next three weeks.
By Amanda Nickles-Fader, MD
It is an exciting time in gynecologic oncology as well as a time of great change. With rapidly shifting treatment paradigms, establishment of national safety and quality metrics, changes in reimbursement and delivery of cancer care, and shrinking academic resources, it is more challenging than ever to practice oncology and establish a clear career path. That is why Linda Duska, MD, and I are thrilled to announce the first SGO Early Career Educational Summit: Secrets for Success, Dec. 12-13 in Chicago.
As a gynecologic oncologist and SGO Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Research Network (GOFRN) leader, I frequently hear requests for more CME opportunities regarding academic and career development. Balancing increasing administrative, academic, clinical and family responsibilities can be extremely taxing, especially for trainees and recent graduates. The Early Career Educational Summit is a one-and-a-half day course is designed for gynecologic oncology fellows, residents who have matched into oncology programs, fellowship graduates who are early in their careers, and gynecologic oncologists who may be looking to make an academic career change.
The course provides step-by-step instruction regarding potential career opportunities, innovative research pathways, navigation of various academic tracks, and securing grant funding, all while balancing personal and professional lives. Participants will have an opportunity to submit abstracts, obtain feedback on existing research projects, and learn to become involved in SGO research through substantive didactics and group mentoring sessions. Finally, there will be ample opportunity to interact with SGO leadership and faculty who have developed successful careers in both academic medicine and community practice.
To quote Angeles Alvarez-Secord, MD: “Looking back I feel like I was flying by the seat of my pants in terms of research, developing infrastructure, submitting a grant, and balancing a budget…This course is essentially a road map to success in gynecologic oncology!” We hope you will feel the same and join us at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University Dec. 12-13 for this outstanding CME opportunity.
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division Gynecologic Oncology announced that Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, has been elected by the parent ABOG Board to serve as the New Division Director, replacing Laurel W. Rice, MD. S. Diane Yamada, MD, has been elected by the parent ABOG Board to serve as a Division member, replacing Robert L. Coleman, MD.
On July 14, in a letter addressed to Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, SGO offered its support for ACOG’s proposed project, “Promoting Preventive Health Services for Women: Every Woman Initiative,” which is eligible for funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration.
SGO has integrated the Career Center job board with its member database to ensure SGO members receive discounted pricing on job postings. This means some job seekers and posters may be asked to re-register their accounts if their usernames and passwords do not match their member profiles. Visit the Career Center now to post and view the best job opportunities.
The National Cancer Institute’s new Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) encourages research with breakthrough potential. The OIA will support investigators with outstanding records of productivity in cancer research with up to $600,000 in direct costs per year for seven years to provide funding stability. The letter of intent due date is Sept. 20; applications are due Oct. 20. For more information, read the award announcement and related FAQs.