Oct 15, 2015
ASCO has launched a new fellowship program that aims to provide physicians with the necessary skills to shape cancer policy. ASCO will actively recruit oncologists in the early phase of their careers who have a keen interest in acquiring stronger health policy skills and have leadership, civic, policy, or advocacy experience.
"Sound public health policy is critical to improving the experiences of people living with cancer and reducing the impact of cancer in the United States," said ASCO Chief Medical Officer Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO. "This program is designed to build a cadre of oncologists who can effectively develop and advocate for policies that support cancer research and delivery of high-quality cancer care."
The ASCO fellowship program components will include:
• Active participation in policy development for high-impact issues in oncology
• Small-group teaching sessions delivered by ASCO professional staff and qualified volunteers on topics such as the Congressional authorization/appropriation process, Food and Drug Administration organization and regulatory authority, drug and device approval processes, and payment reform initiatives
• Training in communication and leadership skills, as well as advocacy strategies
• A mentored research project on one of nine preselected topics that advances or leverages an ASCO policy initiative
Applicants must be physicians (MD, DO, or international equivalent) who have been working as oncologists in any discipline for 10 years or fewer, or who are currently enrolled in and have completed at least 2 years of an accredited U.S. clinical oncology training program. They also must be ASCO members.
Applications must be submitted online using ASCO's Grants Portal. Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail will not be accepted.
ASCO conducts and administers the fellowship, with funding support from the Conquer Cancer Foundation Mission Endowment.