SGO Issues June 1, 2017
SGO launches Training and Trials (TNT) Group
SGO and CancerLinQ LLC partner to improve quality of care
ERAS among most downloaded articles in Gyn Onc during 2016
Gyn onc session, SGO booth at ASCO 2017
SGO has created a four-year curriculum on clinical trials for trainees enrolled in, or within seven years of successful completion of, a gynecologic oncology fellowship program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The mission of the Training and Trials (TNT) Group is “to promote innovative clinical trials for gynecologic cancers by holding an annual summit and creating a mentored clinical trialist development program for young investigators.”
Working with a group of approximately 100 invited investigators, the TNT group spends one day together each year on the day prior to the Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. The content of the meeting will rotate on a four-year cycle, and the first meeting took place during the 2017 SGO Annual Meeting in National Harbor, MD, earlier this year.
“For the first time this year, SGO partnered with the National Cancer Institute [NCI] to have an early-investigator’s course to foster young gynecologic oncologists interest in clinical trial development,” said Saketh R. Guntupalli, MD, FACOG, FACS, who co-created the course with SGO President Laurel W. Rice, MD, and Elise C. Kohn, MD. The daylong course was moderated by Dr. Kohn, 2016-2017 SGO President Jeffrey M. Fowler, MD, and Jeffrey Abrams, MD.
“The course was conducted at the NCI and included talks from leaders in the field of trial development, statistical design and key thought leaders in gynecologic oncology,” said Dr. Guntupalli. “The course was incredibly successful and well received by the participants.”
The full curriculum will include a mixture of didactic and breakout sessions dictated by the topics that year. Each year will contain some discussion about clinical trial advocacy. Every other year, a portion of the sessions will focus on grant writing and funding opportunities particularly as they relate to young investigators interested in clinical trials. The breakout sessions will include small group activities and/or one-on-one time with experienced investigators and TNT attendees will be able to enroll in these sessions prior to the meeting.
“With the senior leadership of the SGO and key members at the NCI we hope to develop this course into a robust and powerful tool to help address the growing problem of the lack of clinical trials for women with cancer,” said Dr. Guntupalli. “We hope that these courses will foster young investigators to develop into the next leaders in cancer research.”
On May 24, SGO and CancerLinQ LLC announced a partnership in which SGO will provide expert guidance and insight on the management of gynecologic cancers for the CancerLinQ® platform. CancerLinQ LLC is a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) that is developing and operating CancerLinQ®, a real-world, big data initiative focused on cancer patient medical information, aimed at improving the quality of patient care and outcomes.
Based on the number of full length and review articles downloaded on ScienceDirect between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016, articles on SGO recommendations regarding Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) are among the most downloaded articles in Gynecologic Oncology last year:
- Guidelines for pre- and intra-operative care in gynecologic/oncology surgery: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS®) Society recommendations — Part I
- Guidelines for postoperative care in gynecologic/oncology surgery: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS®) Society recommendations — Part II
The oral abstract session on gynecologic cancers during the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting at McCormick Place in Chicago will take place on Friday, June 2, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time. Full abstracts are available at Abstracts.asco.org. Members can also visit SGO at Booth #2037 in the Exhibit Hall between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Saturday, June 3, through Monday, June 5. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with SGO staff members and learn more about membership benefits, education product offerings and other updates from the Society.