SGO Issues Oct. 17, 2013

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SGO Issues October 17, 2013

SGO Board and Foundation Council nomination
Members encouraged to renew dues by Dec. 31
Bylaws amendment for review and member vote
Two new SGO awards open for nominations
SGO Winter Meeting: ‘New Paradigms in Gynecologic Oncology’
Voices: Pink | Dee Sparacio

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SGO Board and Foundation Council nomination

The SGO Nominating Committee is seeking applications from members to serve on the 2014 SGO Board of Directors and Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology Council. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.

Please note that the SGO Board and Foundation Council are made up of the same individuals. For detailed information about the nomination process, see Frequently Asked Questions. SGO members interested in serving must complete an application to nominate themselves for an open position. Additional questions may be directed to membership@sgo.org.

Members encouraged to renew dues by Dec. 31

SGO members have been asked to pay their dues before Dec. 31, 2013. Dues can be renewed by paying online or by calling the SGO office at (312) 235-4060.

Core SGO membership benefits include:

  • Discounted subscription to the SGO journal, Gynecologic Oncology
  • Reduced registration for the SGO Annual Meeting and other education offerings
  • Access to on-demand learning through SGO Connect™ Ed
  • Members-only online community, including the Virtual Tumor Board, via mySGO
  • Access to dedicated staff and resources to assist members in providing the best care to women with gynecologic malignancies

Go to SGO membership categories, for more information.

Bylaws amendment for review and member vote

The SGO Bylaws Committee and Board of Directors recommend an addition to Article III Membership, regarding the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Please review the recommended language and supporting rationale in preparation for online voting in November.

All voting members will receive an email ballot early November to vote on the amendment. To be adopted, proposed amendments must receive the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the votes cast with no less than 15 percent of voting members participating. Questions regarding the amendment or voting can be directed to SGO’s Governance Coordinator, Debbie Leopold, via email or by calling (312) 676-3902.

Read the most current SGO bylaws here.

Two new SGO awards open for nominations

The Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology seeks nominees for the new Harry Long Award and the Volunteer Award, to be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.

Harry Long Multidisciplinary Award

The Harry Long Multidisciplinary Award is a new award honoring the memory and spirit of the late Harry J. Long III MD, FACP, a medical oncologist and SGO member who served on the SGO Membership Committee and actively advocated for SGO to become the multidisciplinary organization it is today. This award was developed by the SGO Membership Committee to recognize outstanding SGO Member(s) for their contributions to multidisciplinary mentorship, collegiality or teaching in the field of gynecologic oncology.

Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Award

The Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Award will recognize individuals for their exemplary volunteer outreach efforts in women’s cancer care, research or teaching. The awardee may have contributed and volunteered at a local, national or international level.

Members can fill out nomination forms for the Harry Long Award or the Humanitarianism and Volunteerism Award by Nov. 17, 2013.

SGO Winter Meeting: ‘New Paradigms in Gynecologic Oncology’

SGO’s Winter Meeting, “New Paradigms in Gynecologic Oncology,” on Feb. 20-22, 2014, in Breckenridge, CO, will address topics concerning complementary medicine, minimally invasive surgery, ovarian cancer and innovative uses of technology.

Call for Abstracts

Winter Meeting abstract submission for Residents and Fellows-in-Training closes Nov. 18.

Voices: Pink | Dee Sparacio

Dee Sparacio

Dee Sparacio

I’ve never liked pink. Honestly, that is just the way I have been since I was young. I’ve always shied away from clothing that was any shade of pink. I just don’t think the color goes well with my complexion. I hardly ever dressed my daughter in pink when she was little and to this day she doesn’t wear pink either.

This month there is little one can do to avoid pink. You find pink breast cancer awareness ribbons on products on the grocery store shelf, pink ribbons on products in TV commercials, special pink clothing on sale and you even find pink as part of the NFL player’s uniforms. I am not as harsh as other ovarian cancer survivors who say they hate pink and hate when breast cancer awareness month rolls around. Having a sister who passed away from breast cancer makes me feel differently—cancer is cancer. READ MORE