SURGONConnect - Summer 2016

SSO News 2016-3


SOSAP 2.0 Has Launched! Early Bird Discount Ends July 15 Save the Date! 2016 Fellows Institute Set for November 14-16 in Houston
Record Breaking SSO Membership Numbers Continue Increasing SSO International Presence
SSO/ESSO Publish a Global Curriculum for Surgical Oncology Training Help the SSO Foundation Fund Patient-Oriented Research
Call for Volunteers for SSO Committees and Workgroups Upcoming SSO Strategic Planning Retreat
Save the Date for SSO 2017! Call for Abstracts Opens in July SSO and SSO Foundation Welcome New Staff Members
Ned Carp, MD, Appointed SSO Representative to the Commission on Cancer Applications Available for International Observerships in Japan, Brazil and Europe
SSO Invited to Attend Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, D.C.

SOSAP 2.0 Has Launched! Early Bird Discount Ends July 15

AudienceThe much-anticipated second edition of the Surgical Oncology Self-Assessment Program – SOSAP 2.0 – officially launched on June 2. Developed under the leadership of SSO's President-Elect, Kelly McMasters, MD, this edition includes 272 case-based or problem-based questions written by more than 60 SSO experts and spanning six major disease site topic areas in surgical oncology. SOSAP 2.0 has been designed to help surgical oncologists, general surgeons, and fellows remain current on the very latest advances in surgical oncology and to prepare for the American Board of Surgery's newly established Certification Exam in Complex General Surgical Oncology. Those who purchase and complete SOSAP 2.0 may receive up to 60 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and fulfill Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 self-assessment requirements.

Don't delay! SOSAP 2.0 may be purchased here or enter in your computer's browser. Those who purchase on or before July 15, 2016, are entitled to a $25 discount using the promotional code EARLYBIRD. This activity is partially supported by independent educational grants from Amgen, Inc., Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. and Merck & Co.

Save the Date! 2016 Fellows Institute Set for November 14-16 in Houston

SSO's sixth annual Fellows Institute, cosponsored by the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA) and the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS), will take place November 14-16, 2016, in Houston, Texas at Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE). The Fellows Institute again includes three specialty-specific tracks in Breast Oncology, HPB and Surgical Oncology. This important event consists of both didactic sessions and a hands-on laboratory component. There will also be evening social events. Learn more about the 2016 Fellows Institute.

Record Breaking SSO Membership Numbers Continue


SSO continues to see a trend in growth and visibility. Only halfway through the current operating year, the Society has achieved several significant accomplishments in the membership arena.

As a result of the Membership Committee's recruitment efforts, SSO exceeded membership projections with an impressive 10 percent growth in 2015; a record high for the Society. Today membership stands at 2,954 members, with the two largest subgroups being Active Members at 61 percent and Active International at 13.5 percent. In the first six months of 2016, SSO received 288 new applications. Sixty percent of the new member applications are from fellows, residents and medical students, due in part to the Membership Committee's commitment to recruit new members in all membership categories.


SSO launched the Resident and Student Membership category in early 2016 and by May had welcomed 43 resident and medical student members. Those numbers are expected to continue to increase, as young candidates are eager for the opportunity to join the SSO community. The debut of the Fellows & Residents Lounge at SSO 2015 was so well received it became a central attraction for young meeting attendees at SSO 2016, offering them the opportunity to engage in informal discussions with SSO leaders and network with other colleagues. The Society is continuously exploring ways to enhance member experience. Recently online applications have become more user-friendly, resulting in shorter application, review and approval processes.

International membership and attendance at SSO 2016 also increased this year. Nineteen percent of new member applications are for Active International membership. In addition, a record-setting 361 international physicians from 45 countries attended SSO 2016. The Global Partners Poster section made its debut at SSO 2016, with a special section for international posters.

This is an exciting time for the Society. Current members are encouraged to renew their membership in order to take advantage of exclusive member benefits – including discounts for the annual meeting coming up next March 15-18 in Seattle. We invite you to encourage non-member surgeons, scientists, and other health care providers to join the SSO, share their expertise and become engaged with the Society. For more information visit the SSO Join Now page on the website.

Increasing SSO International Presence

SSO continues to become increasingly global as it expands its reach throughout the worldwide surgical oncology community. As part of the SSO's ongoing involvement with the partner societies, select SSO leaders have been invited to present at meetings around the world. Click on Global Meetings for a list of SSO leaders and the locations they will be presenting this summer and fall.

SSO/ESSO Publish a Global Curriculum for Surgical Oncology Training

A Joint Global Curriculum Committee comprised of SSO and European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) leaders has developed a global curriculum for surgical oncology education and training.

The new global curriculum, incorporating standards considered essential in training a surgical oncologist, has been constructed in a modular fashion to permit flexibility to suit the needs of the different regions of the world. It is envisioned that the application of these minimum uniform standards of training will help create a robust workforce of well-trained surgical oncologists to meet the growing need resulting from the rising global cancer burden.

Members of the SSO/ESSO Joint Global Curriculum Committee include Chandrakanth Are, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb. (SSO); Riccardo A. Audisio, MD, University of Liverpool, St. Helens, U.K. (ESSO); Russell S. Berman, MD, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (SSO); Lynda Wyld, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK (ESSO); Charmaine Cummings, RN, Society of Surgical Oncology, Rosemont, Ill. (SSO); and Carine Lecoq (ESSO).

SSO and ESSO published their findings on the existing significant variations in training throughout the world and their recommendations for a global curriculum in the May first online issues of both the Annals of Surgical Oncology and the European Journal of Surgical Oncology. Below are links to the companion articles, which appear in print in the June issues.

Annals of Surgical Oncology: Variations in Training of Surgical Oncologists: Proposal for a Global Curriculum in Surgical Oncology
European Journal of Surgical Oncology: Variations in Training of Surgical Oncologists: Proposal for a Global Curriculum in Surgical Oncology

Help the SSO Foundation Fund Patient-Oriented Research

The SSO Foundation works with donors and funding organizations to promote patient-oriented research conducted by SSO member surgical oncologists in clinical and translational science. Donations to the Foundation support the mission of the SSO – to improve multidisciplinary patient care by advancing the science, education and practice of cancer surgery worldwide – and the critical work carried out by its members. Please consider a donation to The SSO Foundation today.

Call for Volunteers for SSO Committees and Workgroups

Each fall, the SSO Executive Council invites all active members to volunteer to serve on a variety of Committees and Workgroups and contribute to the future growth and success of SSO. SSO Committees and Workgroups perform important work in many areas of the Society. As you plan for 2017, we ask that you volunteer your time and expertise to advancing the Society and the profession of surgical oncology. Make sure SSO has your current email address to ensure you don't miss member emails, and be on the lookout for a Call for Volunteers this fall.

Upcoming SSO Strategic Planning Retreat

The SSO Executive and Finance Committees will meet this summer to review the status of the implementation of the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan and the Society's overall financial health. In addition, the committees will work to help develop the 2017 Operating Budget that will support the implementation of 2017 Strategic Plan initiatives.

Save the Date for SSO 2017! Call for Abstracts Opens in July

Be sure to mark your calendar for March 15-18, 2017, when SSO will present the 70th Annual Cancer Symposium at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. Find the latest on SSO 2017 as it becomes available at

The SSO 2017 Call for Abstracts opens in July with a deadline of Monday, September 26. The Scientific Program Committee encourages both SSO members and surgeons involved in cancer care to submit their work and make this the best Annual Cancer Symposium yet. For complete information on submitting your work, visit the Call for Abstracts page.

SSO and SSO Foundation Welcome New Staff Members

Alanna PersaudAlanna Persaud has joined the SSO staff as the Assistant Manager, Education and Training Programs, providing oversight and management of the Training Committee, the training programs, the Program Directors' sub-committees, and the various educational activities the SSO provides for the fellowship programs. She manages the Annals of Surgical Oncology CME/MOC activities and will be involved in any online educational initiatives the SSO pursues in the future.

Previously an Education Coordinator with the American Society of Hematology (ASH), Alanna was responsible for planning the ASH annual meeting educational sessions. She has experience in managing committees, planning live and online events, and is well versed in CME and ACCME guidelines.

Juliett (JJ) UsedomJuliett (JJ) Usedom has joined SSO as an Education Coordinator. JJ provides overall administrative support to the Education Department staff, including support of the SSO training programs, and coordinates various CME and MOC activities.

Previously JJ worked as a Project Coordinator at Rush University, College of Health Sciences, where she assisted with the recruitment and admission processes for nearly 20 allied health degree and certificate programs. JJ also coordinated the logistical planning of student and faculty events.

Yazmin WheelockAs the new SSO Member Services Assistant, Yazmin Wheelock serves as the frontline resource for inquiries and requests from members and prospective members. She is responsible for maintaining records in the SSO member database and coordinating the membership booth at meetings, including SSO 2017 and ASCO.

In her previous position as a National Admissions Advisor at the American Intercontinental University, Yazmin conducted interviews with prospective students to determine their qualifications and needs. She developed strong customer service skills through her interactions with the public while managing the Admissions Office exhibit table.

Gayle D. Lee.jpgThe SSO Foundation welcomes Gayle D. Lee, MS, CFRM, as its new Director of Corporate Relations. Gayle is responsible for leading all facets of strategic corporate development, including the creation and management of a well-coordinated development plan to cultivate relationships and solicit support from corporations and other funding sources that support the missions, visions and strategic priorities of both the SSOF and the SSO.

Gayle brings to SSOF a myriad of fundraising and executive management experience including a nine-year stint as Executive Director of the Loma Linda Veterans Association for Medical Research (LLVAMR). Gayle is well versed in pharmaceutical fundraising, medical research funding and working with various granting agencies, including the federal government.

Ned Carp, MD, Appointed SSO Representative to the Commission on Cancer

Yazmin WheelockNed Z. Carp, MD, has been appointed as the SSO's representative to the Commission on Cancer (CoC) for the 2016-2019 term. Dr. Carp previously served two three-year terms on the CoC representing the fellowship of the American College of Surgeons and serving as Vice-Chair of the Quality Integration Committee and Chair of the Quality Measures Subcommittee. During that time, the number of active quality measures grew to 21 and 10 additional measures have been approved and are waiting to be activated. The Quality Measures Subcommittee worked with the SSO Melanoma Disease Site Work Group to develop five melanoma measures that will commence data collection in the next few months. SSO hopes that this relationship will provide the opportunity to develop more quality measures via the SSO Quality Committee and other SSO Disease Site Work Groups.

Dr. Carp is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical School of Thomas Jefferson University, The Barbara Brodsky Chief of Surgery Chair at Lankenau Medical Center, Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations of the Department of Surgery for the Main Line Health System, and immediate Past President of the Metropolitan Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Applications Available for International Observerships in Japan, Brazil and Europe

As part of their ongoing collaboration with SSO, the Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery (JSGS), the Brazilian Society of Surgical Oncology (BSSO) and the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO), have invited SSO members to apply for an observership in their respective countries. Claudius Conrad, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has been selected as the recipient of the JSGS observership. Recipients of the BSSO and ESSO observerships will be announced at the end of July. Click to learn more about these opportunities.

SSO Invited to Attend Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, D.C.

SSO Executive Director M. Eileen Widmer, CAE, CFRM, will be representing the SSO at the Cancer Moonshot Summit in late June in Washington, D.C. Spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden, MD, the goal of the Cancer Moonshot Summit is to bring together leaders from various sectors that have a role to play in making progress on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative, to share ideas, and to launch new collaborations and actions.

The Moonshot Summit invitation states that solving the complexities of cancer will require the formation of new alliances to defy the bounds of innovation and accelerate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and – ultimately  a cure. It will require millions of Americans speaking up and contributing what they are able.

Watch for a synopsis of the event in the next SURGONConnect newsletter.