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The December 17 issue of Science takes a look back at the last decade of scientific progress, listing the editor’s top picks for the advances in our understanding of (and, in some cases, manipulation of) nature....
Many physicians now practicing remember their housestaff days with mixed feelings. There was the comradery of working up interesting cases and discussing them far into the night with your intern or resident. But there was also the huge challenge of staying awake for the noon conference when you had...
Every now and then a scientific article just causes my head to spin a full 360o. My current example in this regard was published recently online in Nature by Mariela Jaskelioff and colleagues with the title “...
The last two weeks have been fairly busy ones for me. First came the ASCO Board of Directors meeting in Alexandria, Virginia. I then went home for a day of clinic, followed by a flight to Orlando for the American Society of Hematology annual...
While everyone else is learning about breast cancer in San Antonio this week, for those of us left behind in the freezing Mid-Atlantic, here are a few articles and links about health IT that I found interesting:
I give quite a few speeches every year. In the old days (pre-ASCO presidency) those speeches almost always involved some aspect of breast cancer or my other specialty, angiogenesis. At present, I find myself speaking about Health Information Technology, Rapid Learning Oncology Care Systems, and the...
Yes, the title of this blog is a bit dry but the subject matter itself—a most interesting area to explore!I’ll start by saying that medical professionals in general tend to think about the near and distant future with a relatively high frequency. This probably could not be truer today as we...
I am a voracious reader, and at the end of the year I often share with my friends the books I have enjoyed (I will spare you the immense amount of mindless trash I read on airplanes). This isn't exactly a "books of the year" list, as the books I have read are not all current, just new to me. But I...
Dear friends, please don’t forget to vote in this year’s ASCO elections. Voting is open until November 23, and small numbers of votes can very definitely swing the election. Looking at the candidates answers to questions, there are real differences in how they see the world. Make sure that the next...
I’ve commented in a previous blog on end-of-life issues, an area of critical importance to the many oncologists whose professional responsibilities bring them in contact with the dying patient....
I was reading the Yale Daily News the other day, and came across an interesting piece on women in medicine.
In recent weeks, I have seen quite a number of blog posts, articles, and Tweets about social media and the medical profession that continue to illustrate how mainstream these Web 2.0 technologies and applications have become across the spectrum of medical care. Here is a sampling of items I found...
By Jamie Von Roenn, MD.  When I am at the check-out line in the grocery store, and someone asks me what I do for a living, it's always a bit of a challenge to listen to their response when I say, "I’m an oncologist." The response is usually some version of one of three responses: 1) Oh, that must...
I am in Seattle today attending the meeting of the Washington State Medical Oncology Society (WSMOS, pronounced wizmiss by its members). Dr. Jeff Ward, the current President (his term ends at this meeting) was kind enough to invite me to what has...
Greetings! I would like to thank ASCO for the opportunity to share the perspective of the Oncology Physician Assistant through ASCOConnection.org’s blogging page!
This is my first attempt at typing a blog on my iPad, so we will see how it works out. It would certainly be nice not to have to lug my laptop around with me on my travels.
My colleagues and I recently published a summary of our Society of Gynecologic Oncologists’ recommendations on Prophylactic and Risk-Reducing Bilateral Salpingo-...
I would not normally use my ASCO blog to promote something I have done, but since this is an ASCO-related product, and it is a story that I think is very valuable to share, I hope I can get a pass this one time. I was recently asked by John Cox, editor-in-chief of ASCO's Journal of Oncology...

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