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ASCO’s State Affiliate Council (SAC) serves as a communication link between the State/Regional Affiliate Program and the ASCO Board of Directors on issues affecting community oncology in its various settings.
The 2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium will build on the strengths of last year’s meeting while adding new educational and networking elements that promise to engage attendees and virtual learners alike.
The inaugural Cancer Control in Primary Care Course took place in Bhopal, India, in March 2015, which was fitting since it was the site of the largest environmental disaster in world history....
One of my favorite aspects of my job is giving Continuing Medical Education (CME) talks around the country and getting the opportunity to speak to a broad range of oncologists about what they do in practice. While I treat lung cancer patients at an academic center, traveling gives me the chance to...
If you are attending the ASCO Annual Meeting, you will have the opportunity to attend many presentations that will help to improve cancer care. But even if you aren’t able to make it to Chicago, you can still learn from colleagues by tuning in to ASCO’s hashtag on Twitter, #ASCO15.
Every March, the ASCO Board of Directors meets for its Strategic Planning Retreat. Although we always have...   
I recently attended the co-sponsored Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. As usual, it was somewhat of a “firehose to take a drink” scenario with great presentations, more posters than you could possibly absorb, and lots of progress on many fronts.
Dear ASCO member: Last year, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) released a new process for maintenance of certification (MOC) that many physicians felt was onerous and lacked relevance to how physicians in practice learn today. In response, ASCO and our sister professional societies...
Using hashtag analytics, Dr. Matthew Katz presents Twitter data for ASCO and ASTRO Annual Meetings from 2012 through 2014. The findings show that the growth trend continues for sharing research and specialty-specific information in cancer care via social media.
The third annual ASCO Quality Care Symposium was held October 17-18, in Boston. This meeting has rapidly become the premier event to attend for oncologists, advanced practice providers, nurses, and other cancer professionals dedicated to quality improvement.
I was thinking about hard choices recently…. You know, thoseones that really matter and for which there is no obvious “right” answer. I found this TED talk that I thought could provide an easy algorithm for finding the...
I recently read an article that appeared in the New YorkTimes about what motivates people. It talked about a study of 11,320 cadets entering the military academy at West...
We just returned from the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) gathering. Once again, it proved to be extensive, revealing, and eventful. ASCO’s Dr. Barbara McAneny was reelected to the AMA...
Martha* had recurred yet again—her third in as many years. Despite our best attempts, remission proved fleeting. Fortunately, she had few (if any) symptoms of the cancer in her abdomen; no bloating, no nausea, no difficulty moving her bowels. Her concerns were more psychological—anxiety and...
The other day, I was visiting a good friend and mentor ofmine, Ed Halperin, who is Chancellor and CEO of New York Medical College. Dr. Halperin is a radiation oncologist, ahistorian, and an ethicist.
As characterized by Dr. Rita Charon in her JAMA article almost 15 years ago, narrative medicine is “the ability to acknowledge, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others.”1 It is the recognition that scientific knowledge alone is not enough—not enough for our patients,...
It’s so interesting…. We do what we do because that’s whatwe’ve always done, and despite how much we profess being evidence-baseddata-driven professionals, the status quo is just plain sticky. There have been several studies that have come out recently that have truly questioned why we do what we...
During the last few months, I have been visiting with as many of the 21 ASCO committees as I can in order to understand the issues that they have identified as most critical for cancer education, research, and patient well being. I have been impressed by the richness of vision and dedication that...

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