Membership Committee Meeting Highlights

Membership Committee Meeting Highlights

Guest Commentary

Aug 29, 2014
By Joseph DiBenedetto, Jr., MD, FASCO

The recent meeting of the Membership Committee at ASCO headquarters provided an opportunity to evaluate the progress ASCO Member Services has made this year as well as to discuss strategies to improve service to various member groups, including International Corresponding, Emeritus, and hospital-based members. The Committee also discussed ways of improving engagement and cooperation with ASCO’s State and Regional Affiliate organizations. The meeting offered a chance to take stock of ASCO’s progress 50 years after its founding and to consider the opportunities for the Society moving forward.

First, ASCO staff offered a summary of this year’s member recruitment and retention efforts. These included expanded presence at other societies’ meetings, increasing awareness of the value of ASCO membership, and ensuring member renewals are processed quickly and easily.

The Committee then opened discussion on ways to expand awareness of the relevant benefits of ASCO membership, especially in relation to International Corresponding, Emeritus, and hospital-based members. Ensuring that all members are taking full advantage of their benefits not only aids members professionally, it also showcases the full range of ASCO’s impact on oncology.

Finally, the Committee addressed the importance of engaging with the local oncology community through collaboration with State and Regional affiliate organizations. The Committee is investigating ways to create a dialogue that will strengthen partnerships between societies and ultimately increase educational and networking opportunities for members.

I am looking forward to continuing to work with the Committee to build on the very positive results of the year so far. I hope this information provides an opportunity to reflect on ASCO’s progress this year and encourages all members to provide feedback on their concerns and have their voice heard.

Dr. DiBenedetto is a community practitioner at Oncology Hematology Associates in Rhode Island. He is the 2014-2015 Chair of the ASCO Membership Committee.

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