Society of Surgical Oncology News - November/December 2016

SSO News 2016-5


IN THIS ISSUE

Happy Holidays! Register Now; SSO 2017 Program Online
Learn More about the SSO/ESSO Global Curriculum at SSO 2017 SSO Membership Growth in 2016
SOSAP 2.0: SSO's Surgical Oncology Self-Assessment Program Available SSO 2017-2018 Nominating Slate Announced
President-Elect Orientation Set for December SSO President and Executive Director Attend Cancer Moonshot Task Force Report Release Event
Earn Credit through What's New in Gastric and Esophageal Cancers Educational Review Series Watch the Archived DCIS Consensus Guideline Webinar for MOC Credit
SSO Foundation Issues Call for Proposals for Clinical Investigator and Young Investigator Awards Breast Fellowship Program Match Update
Fellows Institute Attendance Increased in 2016 Save the Date for the 2017 International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies
SSO's Expanding Global Presence The SSO Foundation Nominating Slate Approved
Contributions to SSO Foundation Support Surgical Oncology Research  

Happy Holidays!

Warm wishes for the happiest of holidays from the SSO leadership and staff.
May you enjoy joyous celebrations with friends and family and may
the New Year bring you good health and happiness.

Register Now; SSO 2017 Program Online

Book Your Room and Register Today!
Housing and registration are currently open for the 70th Annual Cancer Symposium at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington on March 15-18, 2017. Find the latest on SSO 2017 as it becomes available at SSO2017.org.

The Program for SSO 2017 is Live and Includes:

  • Four featured lectures;
  • Two Great Debates sessions examining four controversial topics;
  • 14 symposia sessions covering current controversies, tumor boards and scientific updates;
  • 13 Meet the Professor breakfasts featuring presenters of international prominence leading small-group interactive discussions;
  • 500+ thought-provoking abstracts covering cutting-edge science and clinical trials, presented over 2 plenary sessions, 9 disease-site parallel sessions, video sessions and more than 400 poster presentations;
  • Three half-day pre-meeting courses that offer a deeper-dive;
  • And more.

View full details of the SSO 2017 program here. Content will continue to be added leading up to the event – check back often.

Learn More about the SSO/ESSO Global Curriculum at SSO 2017

A Meet the Professor session titled "Integrating the SSO/ESSO Global Curriculum into Your International Training Program," is being planned for SSO 2017. Chadrakanth Are, MD, Russell Berman, MD and Riccardo Audisio, MD, will lead this session. For more information on this session, visit the SSO 2017 site.

SSO Membership Growth in 2016

SSO has experienced significant growth in membership in 2016, reaching a total of 2,855 members. SSO has welcomed 347 new members in total; 155 members in the new Residents and Medical Students category alone. While Active Members remain the largest category, with 1,664 members making up about 58% of the membership, SSO encourages all surgeons who perform cancer surgery to join the Society.

Recruitment is just one component of membership; retention is another big focus for the Society. Typically, the retention rate has been between 86-88 percent in past years. This year the rate grew to 91 percent, meaning SSO retained 91 percent of its members in 2016.

The Society strives to build a strong sense of community among members by keeping them informed about all the opportunities SSO has to offer. There are a variety of ways that members can stay connected and engaged with the Society. Members are encouraged to engage in social media regarding surgical oncology. When Tweeting or connecting on Facebook, make sure to use the hashtag surgonc (#surgonc,) and for Candidate members, use the hashtag SSOFellow (#SSOFellow.) Further, if you've authored an article that was printed in SSO's highly acclaimed Annals of Surgical Oncology or presented a poster at the Annual Cancer Symposium, use social media after the publication or presentation to retweet your work and add commentary.

We encourage members to renew their membership in SSO and stay connected to the field of surgical oncology. Please contact (847) 427-1400, extension 108 or membership@surgonc.org for more information on SSO's programs or services.

SOSAP 2.0: SSO's Surgical Oncology Self-Assessment Program Available

AudienceSOSAP 2.0, developed under the leadership of SSO's President-Elect, Kelly McMasters, MD, PhD, includes 272 case-based or problem-based questions spanning six major topics in surgical oncology. Written by more than 60 SSO member experts, SOSAP 2.0 is designed to help surgical oncologists, general surgeons, and Fellows remain current in the very latest advances in surgical oncology, prepare for the American Board of Surgery's newly established Certification Exam in Complex General Surgical Oncology (CGSO), earn up to 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, and fulfill Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 self-assessment requirements.

SOSAP 2.0 may be purchased here.

SSO 2017-2018 Nominating Slate Announced

The SSO Nominating Committee met on October 17, 2016, to consider candidates for nomination during the 2017 Annual Business Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Their decisions were based on input solicited from the Executive Council, SSO Past Presidents and in the case of the Nominating Committee positions, the general membership.

The SSO Executive Council approved the following candidates to succeed those Officers, Executive Council members, Councilors-at-Large and Nominating Committee members whose terms will expire in 2017:

President Kelly McMasters, MD, PhD
President-Elect Armando Giuliano, MD
Vice President David Bartlett, MD
Treasurer Sandra Wong, MD

Executive Council:
Kelly Hunt, MD
Kevin Roggin, MD

Executive Council
*Councilor-at-Large (one position):
Genevieve Boland, MD
Jonathan Zager, MD

*Nominating Committee
Community-Based Surgical Oncologist (one position):
Jan Franko, MD
Scott Kurtzman, MD

International Surgical Oncologist (one position):
Ricardo Audisio, MD
Claudio Quadros, MD

Undesignated Representative (one position):
Douglas Evans, MD
Thomas Weber, MD

*The Councilor-at-Large position and each of the Nominating Committee positions are selected through an e-ballot of the general membership.

President-Elect Orientation Set for December

In December, President-Elect Kelly McMasters, MD, PhD, will join staff at SSO headquarters to participate in the fourth annual President-Elect's Orientation in preparation for leadership in the 2017-2018 year.

SSO President and Executive Director Attend Cancer Moonshot Task Force Report Release Event

SSO President Daniel Coit, MD, and Executive Director M. Eileen Widmer, CAE, CFRM, attended an event on October 17 for the release of the National Cancer Moonshot Task Force and Vice President Biden's report to the President and public. The event, held at the Old Executive Office Building in Washington D.C., brought together dozens of leaders from across the health, academic, private and philanthropic sectors, as well as patient advocates.

The Task Force report summarizes the work of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force since its creation in January, and lays out the Vice President's strategic plan for transforming cancer research and care. In addition to acknowledging the progress that has been achieved in the past year, the report identifies the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel's areas of scientific opportunity. Further, the report makes specific recommendations that will be crucial to address the following five strategic goals to end cancer:

  1. Catalyze new scientific breakthroughs,
  2. Unleash the power of data,
  3. Accelerate bringing new therapies to patients,
  4. Strengthen prevention and diagnosis, and
  5. Improve patient access and care.

Among its recommendations, the panel suggests implementing proven cancer prevention, including increasing HPV vaccination rates by expanding efforts to support states, removing barriers to access to tobacco cessation for those enrolled in Medicaid, and expanding colorectal cancer screening efforts across the country.

The Task Force also announced new public-private partnerships as a result of the Cancer Moonshot. These commitments range from hundreds of millions of additional dollars toward research to data sharing partnerships to make it easier for doctors, researchers and patients to access the data they need to make decisions about treatment, prevention and research toward cures.

In addition to attending the June launch of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative and this recent event, the SSO has communicated its continued interest in surgical oncology's engagement in the initiative to improve patient outcomes in cancer treatment.

Earn Credit through What's New in Gastric and Esophageal Cancers Educational Review Series

Earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and self-assessment credit that may be applied toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program by reading the latest Annals of Surgical Oncology Educational Review Series, What's New in Gastric and Esophageal Cancers, and completing a self-assessment exam. Exams may be completed online and are available via your iPad, iPhone or Android device. This activity will expire on October 14, 2017; after which time it will be available online for reference, but will no longer offer credit. Click here to access the educational review series today.

Watch the Archived DCIS Consensus Guideline Webinar for MOC Credit

SSO's complimentary archived webinar on the new DCIS Consensus Guideline is now available on the SSO website. Lead faculty and speaker for this webinar, SSO Past President Monica Morrow, MD, is joined by Meena S. Moran, MD. The 60-minute webinar consists of a review of the Consensus Guideline on Margins for Breast-Conserving Surgery with Whole Breast Irradiation in DCIS jointly published by SSO, ASCO, and ASTRO followed by a question and answer session. You can earn CME credit and self-assessment credit that may be applied toward Part 2 of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) MOC program. Access the archived webinar at moc.surgonc.org.

SSO Foundation Issues Call for Proposals for Clinical Investigator and Young Investigator Awards

The SSO Foundation has issued a call for proposals for the 2017-2019 Clinical Investigator Awards (CIA) and the 2017 Young Investigator Awards (YIA). Chair of the Research Grant Committee, Carol J. Swallow, MD, PhD, states that the purpose of the awards is to promote patient-oriented research conducted by surgical oncologists in clinical and translational science and invites interested researchers to apply for the award.

Basic Eligibility for the Awards

  • Applicants for the CIA must be surgical oncologists within eight years of completion of training.
  • Applicants for the YIA must be surgical oncologists within five years of completion of training.
  • Applicants for either award must be full members of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) for at least six months prior to application submission.

Basic Terms

  • The Clinical Investigator Award will be funded for two years at $100,000 ($50,000 per year) and is given to the sponsoring institution. Funding will begin April 1, 2017.
  • The Young Investigator Award will be funded for one year at $25,000 and is given to the sponsoring institution.

Submit your CIA or YIA grant application on or before January 17, 2017 to be considered. Award recipients will be announced at SSO 2017, March 15-18, in Seattle, Washington. For eligibility, full application procedures and FAQs for the CIAs and YIAs, visit the SSO Foundation at www.surgonc.org/foundation.

About the CIA and YIA Awards
In 2007, SSO established the Clinical Investigator Awards program with the goal of promoting post-fellowship, patient-oriented research through the training of surgical oncologists in clinical and translational science. To date, more than $3 million has been awarded to 30 promising young surgical oncology researchers.

In recognition of the Foundation's 75th Anniversary in 2015, the Young Investigator Award was established to promote and recognize clinical/translational research that advances innovative ideas and concepts designed to improve health outcomes through advances in the delivery of cancer-related care.

Breast Fellowship Program Match Update

There were 89 applicants to the Breast Fellowship Program Match this year and a total of 45 SSO-approved breast oncology fellowship programs are participating in the match. Final match results were announced via email on November 30 and 63 out of 64 SSO spots were filled.

Fellows Institute Attendance Increased in 2016

SSO's sixth annual Fellows Institute, cosponsored by the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA) and the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS), successfully took place November 14-16, in Houston, Texas at Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education. The Fellows Institute again included three specialty-specific tracks in Breast Oncology, HPB and Surgical Oncology and consisted of both didactic and hands-on learning. A total of 107 Fellows attended across all tracks, up from 97 attendees in 2015. Thank you to all of the 2016 Fellows Institute sponsors and partners whose support makes this experience possible!

Learn more about the 2016 Fellows Institute and see the full supporter listings here.

Save the Date for the 2017 International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies

In partnership with the SSO, the 12th International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies will take place February 18-20, 2017 in Snowbird, UT. The Twelfth International Symposium will serve as a comprehensive forum to promote research, development and application of Regional Cancer Therapies. This event promotes education and the exchange of information among professionals regarding Regional Cancer Therapies. Save the date and register now. Find more information about this event, as well as other industry events, here: http://www.surgonc.org/meetings-events/other-meetings.

SSO's Expanding Global Presence

The Society continues efforts to expand its global presence. Three recent areas of growth include joining the Union for International Cancer Control, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology (CSSO), and leader representation at meetings around the world.

The SSO Joins the Union for International Cancer Control
The SSO has joined the membership of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Chandrakanth Are, MD, Chair of the SSO International Committee, attended the 2016 World Cancer Congress this fall in Paris, France, on behalf of the SSO.

SSO and CSSO Build Partnership
The Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology (CSSO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the SSO, bringing the total number of SSO Partner Societies to eight. We look forward to building a mutually beneficial relationship with the CSSO.

Leaders Represent SSO at International Partner Society Meetings
SSO leadership represented the Society at numerous partner societies' meetings in 2016:

  • Jeffrey Drebin, MD, and Daniel Coit, MD, presented at the Korean Society of Surgical Oncology in February.
  • George Chang, MD, James Fleshman, MD, presented at the Japanese Society of Gastroenterological Surgery meeting in July.
  • Daniel Coit, MD, and David Kooby, MD, presented at the Brazilian Society of Surgical Oncology meeting in August.
  • Daniel Coit, MD, presented at the Sociedad Mexicana de Oncologia, AC meeting in September.
  • Daniel Coit, MD, and Armando Giuliano, MD, presented at the European Society of Surgical Oncology meeting in September.
  • Daniel Coit, MD, presented at the Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in September.
  • Daniel Coit, MD, and Jeffrey Drebin, MD, presented at the Indian Association of Surgical Oncology meeting in September.
  • The 2016 Best of SSO was presented in Cancun, Mexico in early September.
  • The 2016 Best of SSO was presented in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India in late September.

The SSO Foundation Nominating Slate Approved

Mitchell C. Posner, MD, SSO Foundation President, presented to the SSO Executive Council the SSO Foundation Board Nominating Committee Report, previously recommended and approved at the October Foundation Board of Directors meeting.

The 2017-2018 Foundation Board of Directors are:
President Monica Morrow, MD
Vice President Ronald Weigel, MD, PhD
Treasurer Robert Martin, MD, PhD
Director Martin Heslin, MD
Director Thomas Weber, MD
Director Mehra Golshan, MD
Director Mark Talamonti, MD

SSO Officers who remain on the Foundation Board, by virtue of their SSO leadership positions:
SSO Immediate Past President Daniel Coit, MD
SSO President Kelly McMasters, MD, PhD
SSO President-Elect Armando Giuliano, MD

The Executive Council approved the SSO Foundation 2017-2018 slate of nominees as presented.

Contributions to SSO Foundation Support Surgical Oncology Research

This is an exciting time for SSO and the SSO Foundation. The past year has been tremendously successful and we extend to you our deepest thanks for your support in surgical oncology research.

Each year, your contribution helps the Foundation sponsor the following lectureships and awards in conjunction with the SSO Annual Cancer Symposium:

  • James Ewing Lecture
  • Harvey Baker Traveling Fellow Award
  • James Ewing Layperson's Award
  • Clinical Investigator Awards
  • Resident Essay Awards
  • Young Investigator Awards

We invite you to give and help us kick-off this end of the year giving campaign by joining your SSO and SSOF leaders who have already donated. Click here to make your tax-deductible gift. All members who donate will be recognized in SSO publications, on the SSO website, and on signage at the SSO Annual Cancer Symposium.

We look forward to working with you to achieve the goals of the SSO and the SSO Foundation.