SURGONConnect: Issue 4 2018

SSO News 2018-4

IN THIS ISSUE
The Value of SSO Education – Perspective of Glenda Callender, MD SSO Grows Leadership Presence on the Global Stage
SSO Enhances Career-Long Education with a new CGSO Board Review Course and Continuous Certification Programs Call for Proposals – 2018 Clinical Investigator Award in Melanoma
Call for Abstracts Save the Date for Upcoming Meetings
SSO Application for Engagement Opens Soon Plan to Attend the SSO Member Reception and Town Hall Meeting at Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons
Register Now for the Robotic Approaches for Gastrointestinal Malignancies Video Forum Series Watch the Archive of the SLN Biopsy and Management of Regional Lymph Nodes in Melanoma Webinar
SSO Launches the First Virtual Tumor Board Webinar – "Understanding and Managing Risk of non-BRCA Genetic Mutations" Register Now for the Debate on the Role of IRE in Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
Read the latest Annals of Surgical Oncology Educational Review Series – "Latest Advances in Immunotherapy

The Value of SSO Education – Perspective of Glenda Callender, MD

glenda-callenderIn support of SSO’s mission to improve the multidisciplinary care of the cancer patient through science and education, the 2018 – 2020 Strategic Plan includes an education-focused goal: support career-long education, recertification and quality patient care. Over the next two years, over 50 new programs will be developed. To ensure that this goal is met, SSO’s Education Council is hard at work. Vice Chair, Glenda Callender, MD states, “One of the objectives of the Education Council is to collaborate with the various Society committees and work groups to identify gaps in education and define educational themes. We are in the process of finalizing a two-year plan, which balances programming over six solid-tumor disease sites and establishes methods to review proposals brought forward by internal or external stakeholders.”

experted-logoDr. Callender explains, “The delivery methods of educational programs have significantly evolved from traditional books and journals to online information that is immediately available. As the Education Council assesses educational activities, we think about the variety of ways that physicians want to learn. One of our goals is to engage all types of learners and provide information that is clinically applicable.”  ExpertED@SSO is the Society’s online learning platform that delivers content in many formats including webinars, video panels and Annals of Surgical Oncology CME articles. “One activity that I find extremely valuable on ExpertED is the SSO 2018 Virtual Meeting. This is a great way to review session content, or if you didn’t attend the SSO 2018, you have easy access to the most current clinical information,” stated Dr. Callender.

While there are many opportunities to obtain CME, the value of SSO’s education comes from three core elements: 1.) A focus on surgical oncology and disease sites, 2.) Information that is clinically applicable, and 3.) Faculty that are preeminent thought leaders and pioneers in their respective fields. Several new programs are now available via ExpertED@SSO and include:

  • Robotic Approaches for Gastrointestinal Malignancies Video Forum Series,
  • Latest Advances in Immunotherapy – Annals of Surgical Oncology Review Series, edited by Charles M. Balch, MD
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and Management of Regional Lymph Nodes in Melanoma Guideline Update Webinar, moderated by lead author of the Guideline, Sandra L. Wong, MD
  • Annals of Surgical Oncology CME article, “Clinicopathological Determinants of an Elevated Systemic Inflammatory Response Following Elective Potentially Curative Resection for Colorectal Cancer.”

virtual-meetingDr. Callender stated, “The future plans for new educational programs via ExpertED@SSO are exciting. The number and types of programs in development will benefit the SSO membership in many ways. ExpertED@SSO is also a very user-friendly platform and I highly recommend that members explore what it has to offer, especially the SSO 2018 Virtual Meeting.”

If you have ideas for educational programs, the Education Council wants to hear from you. Please email your ideas to education@surgonc.org.

SSO Grows Leadership Presence on the Global Stage

world-cancer-congress-graphicAccording to the Lancet Commission on Global Cancer Surgery, less than 25% of cancer patients worldwide receive the surgery needed for their disease. Yet, surgery for cancer is the most curative form of treatment. SSO’s mission is to advance cancer care worldwide and has partnered with various international organizations and societies to define issues and establish a path forward to improve care.

One exciting initiative will culminate this October at the World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The SSO, in collaboration with the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the World Health Organization, will present a joint session that highlights how medical education is an important investment in building a sustainable cancer care workforce, yet it is one of the most neglected areas, especially in low-income countries. It will address two World Cancer Declaration Targets on strengthening health systems to inspire the delivery of person-centered cancer control programs across life-course and describe two global and novel educational curricula of set minimum standards (that can be tailored for individual regions or countries) for training surgical and medical oncologists across the world. SSO International Committee Chair, Chandrakanth Are, MD, understands the importance of SSO participation in this meeting and said, “SSO has assumed the leading role and unifying voice for global cancer surgery through its collaborations with ASCO, WHO and other surgical oncology societies across the world.”

Maximizing the opportunity for change requires many voices at the table. To address the need for improving the quality of care worldwide, SSO continues its leadership role through the establishment of the Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons (GFCS). This group is comprised of surgical oncology leaders from 12 countries/regions. The mission of the Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons (GFCS) is to provide a voice for cancer surgeons to improve surgical care for cancer patients through clinical care, education, research, outreach, advocacy, and leadership on the global stage. Dr. Are said, “The Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons provides the platform to address disparities, and advocates for timely, safe, high-quality surgical care for cancer patients globally regardless of the geographic location or socio-economic status.” It is expected that this forum will drive efforts to develop tangible, realistic, and meaningful solutions that can be implemented with good outcomes. The third annual meeting of the GFCS will take place at SSO 2019 in San Diego, California.

Education is one of the primary pillars for improving the quality of cancer care. In 2014, SSO began signing formal Memorandums of Understanding with international societies with similar missions with the goal of developing relationships and collaborative opportunities and programs. One such program is the Faculty Exchange, where an SSO member, typically the President or President-Elect, is invited to present at partner societies’ annual meetings. This year, the SSO has been represented in South Korea, Egypt, and Japan and will present at meetings in Mexico, India, Brazil and Hungary in the coming months. SSO President, Armando E. Giuliano, MD, said, “The Faculty Exchange Program is critical to stimulating change as it encourages the exchange of ideas, allows for building relationships with international surgical leaders and enables SSO to fulfill its mission to improve multidisciplinary cancer care globally.”

For additional information on SSO’s global outreach programs please visit our website.

SSO Enhances Career-Long Education with a new CGSO Board Review Course and Continuous Certification Programs

Announcing the New SSO CGSO Board Review Course

Increase your level of Board exam readiness by attending SSO’s CGSO Board Review Course on January 26, 2019 in Chicago. This course has been developed by the SSO Training Committee and CGSO Program Directors to support recently graduated and second-year CGSO fellows. CGSO Certifying Examination is the last step toward board certification in complex general surgical oncology. Sarah McLaughlin, MD, Chair, SSO Training Committee, “The SSO CGSO board review course provides a simulated environment for examinees to learn and verbally organize critical surgical oncology facts and practice test taking strategies as they prepare for the certifying exam.  Recently certified surgical oncologists will facilitate the course providing contemporary insight into the examination process.”

The SSO CGSO Board Review Course is an interactive one-day course designed to provide updated information pertinent to surgical oncology including core knowledge presentations, oral board examination advice, review of test taking strategies, practical advice with feedback and a mock oral session.

The course is available to first-year CGSO fellows, breast surgical oncology fellows, and surgical residents, as well as practicing surgical oncologists who wish to undergo a refresher or update.

Look for more information in the upcoming months.

ABS Continuous Certification

abs-logoThe American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification Program, now referred to as the Continuous Certification Program, has recently undergone many changes. Although the purpose of the program has remained as a process to document a surgeon's ongoing commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning, and practice improvement following initial board certification, the new ABS Continuous Certification Program has changed the recertification process to provide flexible, high-quality, practice-related learning and assessment to support busy surgeons in their practice. Russell S. Berman, MD, ABS Board of Directors member and Chair of the SSO SCORE Committee said, “The new Continuous Certification Program was developed through a rigorous, data-driven process, taking into account the preferences of the thousands of diplomates who responded to the recent ABS survey. The goal was to develop a learning tool that educates, as it examines, and better reflects the practice patterns of individual surgeons.” The new recertification process is available to diplomates board certified in general surgery, and focuses on the latest and most important developments in practice to assist diplomates in staying up to date.

The new recertification process consists of an online, open book exam, that includes 40 questions total: 20 core surgery, 20 practice-related. Once started, diplomates are given two weeks to complete the exam and can save and continue their work when convenient. In addition, the online exam offers immediate feedback and results and two chances to answer a question (80% correct required for passing). The exam will be required every other year and can be retaken the following year without affecting certification status.

It is important to note that while the traditional General Surgery Recertification Exam will be offered in 2018, diplomates who pass the 2018 exam will still be required to begin the new assessment process by 2020.

Those diplomates participating in and passing the new recertification exam will be required to obtain 125 credits of Category 1 CME relevant to their practice over five years, but no self-assessment will be required; the ABS will also waive 60 credits of CME with self-assessment for passing a certifying or secure recertification exam. Diplomates who choose not to participate in the new certification exam will be required to obtain 150 credits of Category 1 CME relevant to their practice over five years, of which at least 50 must include self-assessment. ABS Executive Director, Jo Buyske, MD stated, “All surgeons recertifying in general surgery and all newly certified surgeons will enter the Continuous Certification program. The traditional recertification examination, although still offered this year, will not confer a 10-year certificate.”

Registration for the general surgery assessment opened on August 1 and is available until October 15, 2018. The assessment will be available from September 7 to November 5, 2018. Visit The American Board of Surgery to learn more.

experted-logoLooking for more educational opportunities or CME credit? Visit ExpertED@SSO for continuing education programs developed and facilitated by preeminent surgical oncology leaders from around the world. Focused on the needs of cancer surgeons in all types of multidisciplinary environments, ExpertEd@SSO provides easy access to education on solid-tumor topics. Visit the ExpertEd@SSO course catalog for a complete listing of available educational opportunities.


SSO Events and Announcements

Call for Proposals – 2018 Clinical Investigator Award in Melanoma

The SSO Foundation is calling for melanoma-related research proposals for a 2018 - 2020 Clinical Investigator Award (CIA) in Melanoma. The deadline for submitting a proposal is September 20, 2018. The purpose of the award is to promote patient-oriented melanoma research conducted by surgical oncologists in clinical and translational science. Interested researchers are invited to apply for the award. Applications are reviewed and selected by members of the SSO Research Committee and SSO melanoma experts.

Call for Abstracts

sso-submit-abstractThe SSO Scientific Program Committee is now accepting abstracts for SSO 2019, March 27 – 30, 2019 in San Diego, CA. Abstracts may be submitted in nine different solid-tumor categories, as well as categories for Quality Improvement/Clinical Outcomes, Team Science, Disparities in Surgical Oncology Care and video. Presenters of all accepted SSO 2019 abstracts are strongly encouraged to submit their manuscript to Annals of Surgical Oncology (ASO). Please note: Authors of all abstracts accepted for plenary or parallel session oral presentation will be required to submit their manuscript to ASO within one month of the conclusion of SSO 2019. Submit your abstract by Monday, October 1, 2018.

14th International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies Call for Abstracts is now open. Submit your abstract by Monday, October 8, 2018. Please note that abstracts submitted for SSO 2019 will be allowed for presentation at this meeting. For complete information, visit the Call for Abstracts page.

Save the Date for Upcoming Meetings

sso-events2018 Fellows Institute in Houston, TX is being held on November 12–14, 2018. Learn more.

Save the date! SSO is launching a full-day CGSO Board Exam Review Course, taking place January 26, 2019 in Chicago, IL. The course is available to first-year CGSO fellows, breast surgical oncology fellows, and surgical residents, as well as practicing surgical oncologists who wish to undergo a refresher or update. More information will be available this Fall.

symposium14th International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies is being held on February 16–18, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. This International Symposium will serve as a comprehensive forum to promote research, development and application of regional cancer therapies.

sso2019-graphicMark your calendars for SSO 2019, March 27–30, 2019 in San Diego, CA. SSO 2019 will feature an education program that covers research developments, clinical trials, new technology, and future trends in cancer care. Much of what you’ll learn you’ll be able to immediately integrate into your treatment of patients. SSO 2019 will also provide enhanced networking opportunities so that you have more time to meet casually with colleagues and old friends.

SSO Application for Engagement Opens Soon

The 2019 Application for Engagement (formerly Call for Volunteers) will open later this fall and will allow Active, Active International, and Emeritus members in good standing to apply for 68 open positions. These volunteer groups are the functional entities that guide programs, projects and activities created to support our Strategic Plan.

Over the last year, the Engagement Task Force examined ways for the Society to provide more volunteer opportunities and made a variety of recommendations to the Executive Council. These recommendations are now being implemented. One change is that Committee and Work Group terms have been shortened to 2-year commitments. Those who are accepted for a position during the Application for Engagement will be invited to serve from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2021. Committee members are expected to actively participate in any conference call or face-to-face meeting that is arranged.

In an effort to be as inclusive as possible, members are discouraged from serving on more than one volunteer group at a time. New applicants will be reviewed and placed on a volunteer group ahead of current Committee, Subcommittee, Work Group, and/or Task Force members who apply for a second position.

Every year we are amazed by the overwhelming number of applicants for open positions on our volunteer groups. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the work of the Society and thank you in advance for your interest. We also appreciate your understanding that we are not able to accept every application we receive, and that many of the applicants will not be accepted for committee service.

For a complete listing of open positions, please visit our website. If you have additional questions, please contact Andrea King, Manager of Governance and Member Engagement, (847) 427-1400 x 107 or andreaking@surgonc.org.

Plan to Attend the SSO Member Reception and Town Hall Meeting at the 2018 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons

SSO will host a Member Reception and Town Hall during the upcoming Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons meeting in Boston – we hope to see you there!

The Town Hall will feature members of SSO’s volunteer leadership that will present and field questions regarding the development of a Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology (FSSO) designation program for our members. The event will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 5:45 – 7:00 pm EST at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

RSVP Today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FS3QTX5


ExpertED@SSO Educational Programsexperted-logo

Register Now for the Robotic Approaches for Gastrointestinal Malignancies Video Forum Series

Minimally invasive approaches utilizing the robotic platform in surgical oncology have been growing in popularity, but controversy still exists over whether robotic-assisted surgery is superior to conventional laparoscopic or open surgery methods. This series of five topics will cover minimally invasive approaches utilizing robotics for a variety of gastrointestinal procedures with video recordings and a live webcam Q&A and discussion with the faculty.
 
Visit ExpertED@SSO to learn more about this exciting new series. To register, search the catalog under the “Gastrointestinal Disease Site” category and click on the Enroll button. These activities are free of charge for SSO members. The next webinar is Esophageal Robotic Surgery on September 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm CST.

This series of activities is partially supported by Ethicon.

Watch the Archive of the SLN Biopsy and Management of Regional Lymph Nodes in Melanoma Webinar

Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy has been found to be useful for intermediate-thickness melanoma, based on results from a meta-analysis that showed low false-negative rates and high rates of sentinel node detection. This webinar covers important information and updates from the joint ASCO-SSO Melanoma Clinical Practice Guideline, “Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and Management of Regional Lymph Nodes in Melanoma: American Society of Clinical Oncology and Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Update”.

The webinar is led by Sandra L. Wong, MD, lead author of the guideline, and Keith Delman, MD, Jonathan Zager, MD, and Charlotte Ariyan, MD, who were co-authors on the guideline. Login to ExpertED@SSO to view this program. This webinar is free of charge for SSO members. Upon completion of self-assessment exam and evaluation, physicians can claim 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and self-assessment credit toward part 2 of the ABS Continuous Certification Program. This activity is complimentary for members.

SSO Launches the First Virtual Tumor Board Webinar – "Understanding and Managing Risk of non-BRCA Genetic Mutations"

Mark your calendars for SSO’s first virtual tumor board webinar, “Understanding and Managing Risk of non-BRCA Genetic Mutations,” on October 9, 2018 at 3-4 pm Central Time. This virtual tumor board covers important information to help surgical oncologists treating breast cancer patients and family members to learn how to interpret the results of panel testing and assign cancer risk levels associated with less common genetic variants. Dr. Jean Bao, a surgical oncologist, leads the webinar with a multidisciplinary panel of a medical oncologist and a genetic counselor. At the conclusion of the tumor board, participants should be able to assign breast cancer risks associated with non-BRCA genetic mutations that may confer an increased risk of breast cancer and identify non-BRCA deleterious mutations that may be clinically actionable.

To register, visit ExpertED@SSO, search the catalog under “Breast Disease Site”, and click enroll. Upon completion of self-assessment exam and evaluation, physicians can claim 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and self-assessment credit toward part 2 of the ABS Continuous Certification Program. This activity is complimentary for members.

Register Now for the Debate on the Role of IRE in Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Register now to see case examples and hear Matthew Weiss, MD and Flavio Rocha, MD debate the Role of Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) in Pancreatic Cancer. Moderated by Alexander Parikih, MD, MPH, this program will take place at 5:30 pm CST on October 10, 2018. IRE is a new technique that has been utilized in the treatment of different cancers. In pancreas cancer, IRE has been used to treat locally advanced, non-resectable disease and to improve margins in resectable patients. As the technique evolves, surgeons need to be familiar to the pros and cons of the technique and its potential role in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

To register, visit ExpertED@SSO, search the catalog under “Hepato-pancreato-biliary Disease Site”, and click Enroll. Upon completion of self-assessment exam and evaluation, physicians can claim 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and self-assessment credit toward part 2 of the ABS Continuous Certification Program. This activity is complimentary for members.

Read the latest Annals of Surgical Oncology Educational Review Series – “Latest Advances in Immunotherapy”

annals111This educational review series presents an overview of recent developments that impact the use of immunotherapy in the surgical oncology care of patients with advanced cancer. The activity begins with a video introduction by Educational Review Series Editor, Charles M. Balch, MD. The series will review the steps for implementing a program and standard operating procedures for T-VEC therapy. Biomarkers for selecting patients and interpreting results of immunotherapy, as well as surgical management of complications of immunotherapy will be reviewed. Visit ExpertED@SSO to access this program.

This Educational Review Series is partially supported by an independent educational grant from Merck.