Changes Announced to SSO Membership Dues for 2020
In August, the SSO Executive Committee approved recommendations from both the Finance and Membership Committees to increase 2020 membership dues, the first since 2014.
SSO’s most recent 2018-2020 strategic plan includes not only six expansive goals for the Society, but a vision for a new SSO with a welcoming and engaging culture and a membership inclusive of all cancer surgeons.
Progress, engagement and success require resources. There is a strong connection between the implementation of the plan goals and building momentum to increase positive results. It takes a variety of resources such as technology, infrastructure and programmatic development and maintenance costs. The decision for an increase took into consideration several critical factors related to the strategic plan goals, growth in overall Society activities, and increases in the cost of doing business.
SSO President, David L. Bartlett, MD, stated, “SSO’s strategic plans have charted a course for the Society to fulfill its mission and provide invaluable education and resources that support improvement in patient care, career development for members and the growth of the profession. Given that the Society’s previous dues increase was six years ago, the Finance and Membership Committees presented a thoughtful proposal that continues the growth momentum of the Society while being fiscally responsible.”
The Society has significantly grown and expanded its scope of programs and engagement opportunities. Highlights of some of these programs and activities over the last six years include:
- Expansion of educational offerings via a new educational platform, ExpertEd@SSO, with more than 100 free educational programs including MOC offerings from Annals of Surgical Oncology.
- Development of surgical oncology’s first self-assessment program (SOSAP 1.0 and 2.0).
- Introduction and management of career development, skills training and therapeutic specialty live meetings: SSO Fellowship Institute (for surgical and breast oncology fellows and HPB fellows); Advanced Cancer Therapies Meeting (formerly International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies); and a the CGSO Board Exam Review Course.
- Growth of the Society’s annual meeting program.
- Introduction and expansion of International Observership opportunities for US-based and international surgical oncologists via partnerships with international societies.
- Sponsorships and partnerships with various cancer organizations including the Union for International Cancer Control, Conquer Cancer Council and the Oncology Measures Advisory Group, and the Choosing Wisely initiative of the ABIM Foundation.
- Collaborations with leading oncology-related organizations for co-development of guidelines and consensus statements.
- Positioning of the Society for a more active role on the global surgical oncology stage by partnering with various international societies for the development of the Global Training Curriculum in Surgical Oncology and the Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons.
- Offering scholarships to SSO members for highly regarded courses such as the AACR/ASCO Vail Research Workshop and the SUS Leadership Program.
- Expansion of engagement opportunities including over five new committees, release of the My SSO Community program, identification of Community Champions for the new communities, and coming soon: a new mentor/mentee program that will launch in 2020.
The new membership rates are listed below and will go into effect for the 2020 membership year that begins on January 1, 2020. You may view additional information about each of the membership categories by clicking here.
|Membership Category||2020 Dues Rate|
|Candidates 2-Years Post-Fellowship||$275|
SSO will continue to shape advancements in the profession and continue delivery of high quality surgical care for cancer patients and providing programs and services that inspire you to grow, improve and thrive
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