2018 Application for Engagement

SSO invites all ACTIVE and ACTIVE INTERNATIONAL member categories to complete the Application for Engagement to serve on a committee in 2018-19.

Committee Overview

SSO member volunteers and staff are critical to accomplishing the mission of the SSO.  Whether Standing, Appointed Work Group, Ad Hoc Committee, or Task Force, these groups are the functional entities that guide and often execute the work of the Society. They also provide an opportunity for member engagement and the development of leadership skills.

The number of SSO volunteers needed to fulfill the work may vary from year-to-year depending on the priorities and resources of the Society.  In addition to the Standing Committees identified in the Bylaws, all other volunteer groups are established by the Executive Council. The President, as directed by the Bylaws, appoints all members of these groups.

In 2017, The Executive Council formed the Engagement Task Force to review the volunteer process and recommend opportunities for engaging SSO members in new ways. As a first step, the Engagement Task Force recommended changing the name from SSO Call for Volunteers to SSO Application for Engagement to better identify member participation. The Task Force is charged with identifying new opportunities for engagement, ensuring diversity and expanding the current application process and defining attributes and skills needed for various engagement opportunities. Additional recommendations will be implemented after the final report is submitted to the Executive Council in March 2018.

The Application Process

The growth and success of SSO relies on the commitment and passion of its members. As you plan for 2018, we ask that you commit your time and expertise to help advance the Society and the profession of surgical oncology.

  1. Be a current SSO member in good standing.
  2. Commit to allocating time to effectively participate on a committee. Most of the appointments are a two- or three-year term.
  3. Complete the Application for Engagement, which is now integrated with the membership database.The application must be completed by October 25, 2017.
  4. Appointments will be made by President-Elect, Armando Giuliano, MD and notification will be sent in January 2018.

Committee Opportunities

Listed below are the committees with open positions beginning in the 2018-19 governance year. Please consider engaging and serving on a Committee or Workgroup. Review the list of committee opportunities below and complete the Application for Engagement by Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

The number of open positions is indicated in parenthesis next to the committee name, followed by a brief description of the committee charges. There are 65 open positions in the 2018-19 governance year.

  • Constitution and Bylaws Committee (1)
    • This Committee is responsible for maintaining an effective and current set of Bylaws.
    • This Committee only meets to review and update the Bylaws at the request of the Executive Council.
  • Continuing Medical Education Committee (8)
    • The CME Committee is responsible for overseeing the planning and development of all SSO Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) activities.
  • Community Practice Surgeons Committee (1)
    • You must be a Community Practice Surgeon.
    • Suggest opportunities to enhance the engagement of community practice surgeons and membership recruitment.
  • Fellows Subcommittee (5)
    • Enhance opportunities for fellows within the SSO.
  • Finance Committee (1)
    • Oversight of all SSO financial activities.
  • International Committee (4)
    • Recommend proposals and procedures to expand representation of minority and international practitioners within the Society and enhance their ability to provide optimal cancer care.
  • Membership Committee (3)
    • Membership development, retention and recruitment.
  • Quality Committee (3)
    • Define and promote high quality, cost-effective, multidisciplinary cancer care for the surgical patient through establishing quality initiatives in collaboration with each of the SSO Disease Site Work Groups (DSWG)
  • Research Committee (8)
    • Foster basic, translational, and clinical cancer research through education programs and the development, implementation and research grants and awards for member researchers. 
  • Scientific Program Committee (6)
    • Develop the best scientific program for the Annual Cancer Symposium that exceeds the expectations of the members and attendees.
  • Training Committee (7)
    • Coordinate the overall educational activities of the SSO as it pertains to fellowship training programs, manage all aspects of the breast oncology fellowship training programs for the SSO, and maintain a leadership role with the complex general surgical oncology training programs (ACGME).
  • Disease Site Workgroups:
    • The Disease Site Work Groups (DSWG) provide expertise in their sub-specialty of surgical oncology to SSO products and projects. Their expertise in clinical patient treatment and issues is essential in the planning of SSO initiatives.
      • Breast (4)
      • Colorectal (1)
      • Endocrine (2)
      • Gastrointestinal (2)
      • Hepatobiliary (1)
      • Melanoma (4)
      • Sarcoma (4)

Complete the Application for Engagement.

If you have any questions please contact Rochelle Jerry, SSO Manager, Board Governance.