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Society of Surgical Oncology Launches Surgical Oncology Self-Assessment Program

Author: Kelly Janowski
Apr 30, 2013

ROSEMONT, ILL. — April 30, 2013 – The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) is pleased to announce the availability of the premier edition of the Surgical Oncology Self-Assessment Program (SOSAP).

SOSAP includes more than 230 case- and problem-based questions covering 6 main areas of surgical oncology: breast disease; colorectal disease; endocrine, head and neck disease; gastrointestinal disease; hepato-pancreato-biliary disease; and melanoma, cutaneous malignancy, and sarcoma. It was developed by experts in surgical oncology in part to support fellows preparing to take the American Board of Surgery’s new subspecialty exam in Complex General Surgical Oncology. SOSAP also offers physicians opportunities for lifelong learning and provides Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 and continuing medical education (CME) credit.

SOSAP reflects SSO’s commitment to provide current, comprehensive and clinically relevant information for its members and others seeking a review and update in surgical oncology.

“We have developed a product and chosen a platform that will allow SOSAP to become a vital and enduring educational resource for all surgeons taking care of cancer patients,” said Dr. Ronald J. Weigel, SOSAP Editor and SSO President-Elect. “We look forward to constantly updating this tool as times and technology change. Future editions will be developed by the SOSAP Task Force based in part on review and performance of existing questions, so we welcome input from users,” concludes Dr. Weigel, the E.A. Crowell Jr. Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City.

In addition, more than 50 surgical oncologists who are experts in a variety of solid-tumor cancers contributed content and authoritative knowledge to the development of SOSAP.

Available online, SOSAP provides evidence-based explanations and references for every question as well as real-time feedback to users. There are two study modes, learner and exam; the former allows participants maximum freedom to move through and study SOSAP questions and critiques, while the latter provides an opportunity to test proficiency and earn credit.

For information and advance-pricing specials, please visit SOSAP

About the Society of Surgical Oncology
Founded in 1940 as the James Ewing Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology® is the premier organization for surgeons and health care providers dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and treatment of cancer worldwide. The 2,800-member Society's focus on all solid-tumor disease sites is reflected in its Annual Cancer Symposium, monthly scientific journal (Annals of Surgical Oncology), educational initiatives, and committee structure.

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