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SSO 2018: Optimize Your Schedule with Concentrated Disease Tracks

Advanced Registration Ends on Monday, February 26

This year, SSO 2018 will deliver a bigger and better meeting experience. With an 88% increase in oral abstracts, 36% more sessions, quick shot abstracts, all concentrated by designated disease-site days, means that you can hear more of the high-quality clinical information that only SSO can provide.

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SSO 2018 Must-See Events

Start planning your schedule with the SSO 2018 mobile app or refer to the Schedule at a Glance. Pre-meeting courses begin on Wednesday, March 21 and include notable sessions such as “Practice-Changing Papers in Surgical Oncology.” The Great Debates will be held the afternoon of Friday, March 23 and the morning of Saturday, March 24. Meet the Professor Breakfast (MTP) Sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday and are designed to encourage lively discussion. This year’s MTPs cover breast, gastric, pancreas, rectal, melanoma disease sites as well as other topics including HIPEC. The James Ewing Lecture, the John Wayne Clinical Research Lecture, the SSO Presidential Address and the American Cancer Society/SSO Basic Science Lecture are sure to be exceptional presentations that you won’t want to miss.

Changes to the 2019 Breast Fellowship Timeline Announced

The SSO, in partnership with the American Society of Breast Surgeons, approves Breast Fellowship Programs nationally. This year, there are 50 approved Breast Fellowship Programs that are participating in the 2018 Breast Fellowship match. In 2019, the Breast Fellowship Match will move from 5th year residents applying to 4th year residents and will move to the first half of the calendar year.

Below are the dates for the 2018 and the 2019 Breast Fellowship match.

 Current Timeline 2018Timeline for 2019
Match Application OpensMay 9, 2018January 2019
Match Application ClosesJune 20, 2018February 2019
InterviewsAugust – October 2018April – June 2019
Rank List OpensOctober 5, 2018July 2019
Rank List DeadlineNovember 9, 2018August 2019
Results ReleasedNovember 30, 2018September 2019

To prepare, read through the match instructions, how the SSO match works, and the approved program list.

Start Planning now for the 14th International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies

Arizona Grand

SSO is excited to announce the 14th International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies will take place February 16-18, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ at the Arizona Grand. The Call for Abstracts will open in June and program registration will open in September. 

The target audience includes physicians and nurses practicing in the areas of medical, surgical, thoracic and gynecologic oncology and gastroenterology and researchers involved in the field of hyperthermia and regionally applied biologic therapies.


SSO 2019 Heads to San Diego

See You In San Diego for SSO 2019 graphicSSO 2019 will be held March 27 – 30, 2019 in sunny San Diego, CA. The event promises to be even more dynamic and engaging than previous years. Details regarding abstract submission deadlines and registration will be available in the coming months.


Save the Date for Fellows Institute

SSO is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Fellows Institute will be held November 12-14, 2018 at Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE) in Houston, Texas. The breast program is scheduled for November 12-13. Surgical Oncology and HPB tracks will take place November 13-14. We encourage breast fellows in SSO-approved programs and second-year CGSO fellows to attend. Please save the date!


New Educational Programs Available at ExpertEd@SSO

experted-logoExpertEd@SSO delivers innovative surgical oncology education developed by preeminent surgical oncology leaders to support professional development and understanding of complex clinical issues. See below for featured activities.

Register now for the new webinar: Role of Surgery in Metastatic Melanoma
This webinar is scheduled for May 16, 2018 at 5:30pm CST and is moderated by Jonathan Zager, MD with Merrick Ross, MD, Ragini Kudchadkar, MD and Keith Delman, MD as speakers.

Cut-to-the-Case: Complex Cases in Cancer Surgery
This quick 45-minute webinar addresses three of the most current and controversial issues in surgical oncology. It includes short, focused discussions on the evolving indications for neoadjuvant chemotherapy in gastric cancer, updates in the management of desmoid tumors, and what surgeons should know about molecular testing in colorectal cancer. This program features cases by Daniel G. Coit, MD, David Shibata, MD and Aimee M. Crago, MD and moderated by David L. Bartlett, MD and Daniel G. Coit, MD. These experts present up-to-date practical recommendations for management of these common problems. This webinar is an ideal resource for cancer surgeons in the community.

Checkpoint Inhibitors as Immunotherapy
Coming soon, this new educational review series will highlight the mechanisms and principles of checkpoint inhibitors and the results of using checkpoint inhibitors in patients with advanced cancer. Biomarkers for selecting patients and interpreting results of immunotherapy, as well as surgical management of complications of immunotherapy will be reviewed. Finally, the rationale and emerging use of neoadjuvant immunotherapy and genetically modified vectors of immunotherapy in combinations with checkpoint inhibitors will be discussed.

A total of seven articles are part of this educational series and will offer 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 7.5 MOC Part 2 Credits. The articles will be published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology and available in ExpertEd@SSO. Charles M. Balch, MD served as the Editor for the multi-article series.

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