Aug 26, 2015
The 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting not only welcomed more than 37,000 attendees and many new cancer research advances, but also ushered in the 2015-2016 class of the Leadership Development Program (LDP).
A year-long program, LDP offers mid-career oncologists the opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills from ASCO’s exceptional leaders and participate in networking and mentoring opportunities. Participants work on strategy development, interpersonal effectiveness and teamwork, media communication, and conflict management so that they can become future leaders in their institutions, professional associations, and organizations such as ASCO.
In 2015, LDP was expanded to include more participants than ever before due to the demand for more leadershipskills training and the high quality of applications. Participants are currently engaged in the following projects that explore important oncology and ASCO-related issues:
Genomics in clinical practice
This project seeks to better understand the application of genomics in clinical settings at community-based practices. Participants will use ASCO’S Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study and also will look at the genomic-related challenges currently faced by practices and how they are being resolved. The LDP class goal is to identify existing gaps in this arena and to recommend how ASCO can further help practices improve.
Collection and use of oncology clinical data
LDP participants are examining the current state of the collection and use of oncology clinical data in the practice setting. The goal of this project is to better understand how data are being used at practices and how such collections can help improve cancer care.
Team-based cancer care
Multidisciplinary, team-based cancer care remains an ongoing area of interest and need in oncology. The LDP class goal is to help inform the cancer community about ways to enhance and build multidisciplinary teams. Participants will also provide ASCO with guidance on other types of activities and initiatives that should be developed to foster team-based care in oncology.
Live meeting experience
With ASCO’s meetings attendance continuing to grow, participants willexplore new educational formats, collaboration and networking opportunities, technology enhancements, and other innovations that will be needed to enhance the onsite experience for all future attendees, both international and domestic.
Learn more about LDP and apply for the 2016-2017 LDP (application deadline is September 24th).