Leadership Development Program Examines Information Delivery, Physician Wellness, Social Media

Jan 30, 2015

Twelve ASCO members are currently participating in the Leadership Development Program (LDP), a year-long program that teaches valuable leadership skills and offers networking and mentoring opportunities from Society leaders. Participants are currently engaged in three projects that will benefit ASCO membership:

  • Journals: ASCO members are familiar with the concept of information overload, being recipients of print and digital information from a broad spectrum of sources. LDP participants are exploring steps ASCO can take to ensure the continuing relevance of its peer-reviewed journals and options for “journal-alternative” clinical information resources.
  • Physician wellness: Recent ASCO physician wellness surveys targeting medical oncologists and fellows are yielding a wealth of findings that can be applied to better support the health of Society members and to increased understanding of factors related to job satisfaction and retention. LDP participants are analyzing this data to further comprehend the quality of the professional lives of ASCO members, and will propose programs to address areas of deficit and support areas of strength.
  • Social media: LDP participants are exploring how to develop strategies and best practices to integrate “social-savvy” oncologists into ASCO’s social media efforts and help broaden the Society’s reach and member engagement online.

2014-2015 Leadership Development Program Participants

  • Cynthia Anderson, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL
  • Ronald Chen, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Roselle de Guzman, MD, Head, Section of Medical Oncology, Chair, Palliative Care Group, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Quezon City, Philippines (2006 International Development and Education Award)
  • Kurt Demel, MD, MBA, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, HealthPartners Medical Group, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology Division, University of Minnesota
  • Tara Olive Henderson, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Founder and Medical Director of the Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivor Center, Medical Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent and Young Adult Lymphoma Program, University of Chicago
  • Heidi Klepin, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Yvonne Gail Lin, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics-Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology, University of Southern California
  • Michael Maitland, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology, Associate Director of the Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics, University of Chicago (2006 Conquer Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award)
  • Nathan M. Shumway, DO, Program Director, Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium; Assistant Professor of Medicine for the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences; United States Army Medical Corps
  • Kazuaki Takabe, MD, PhD,FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • William D. Tap, MD, Chief, Sarcoma Medical Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Colin D. Weekes, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Colorado, Denver; Denver Veteran’s Administration Medical Center; Director, Pancreas Medical Oncology Program, University of Colorado Cancer Center
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