SURGONConnect 2018: Issue 5

Reimagining the Annual Cancer Symposium – What does that mean?

After months of conference calls, in June 2018 the Annual Symposium Reimagination Task Force met for 1 ½ days to have an exhaustive discussion about all aspects of the Annual Cancer Symposium experience. Task Force Chair, James Howe, MD said, “Our challenge was to take a great clinical meeting and find new ways to enhance and deliver not only educational value, but also to create an environment that fosters a greater level of engagement and community.”

SSO – A Place for All Cancer Surgeons

Achieving SSO’s mission, to improve multidisciplinary patient care by advancing the science, education and practice of cancer surgery worldwide, is not possible without a membership that is inclusive of all cancer surgeons. Learn more about Work Group activities led by Tari King, MD and Julie Ann Sosa, MD.

SSO Affirms Global Leadership Role

The SSO, in collaboration with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), presented a joint session at the World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that highlighted how surgical and 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. Hear how Chandrakanth Are, MD recaps this event and learn about SSO International Committee activities from committee member, Rebecca Auer, MD.

SSO Professional Development Continues to Expand

Did you know that SSO’s learning management system, ExpertED@SSO, has had more than 10,000 visits by more than 1,200 physicians? If you haven’t visited the site, take a few moments to check out SSO’s more than 75 educational programs. Learn more about upcoming ExpertED@SSO activities and the role of the SSO’s Education Council.

Who is SSO? – Building a Brand Identity

SSO’s strategic plan recognizes the need for all members to understand how the Society provides benefits across a number of areas. Over the last several months, the Brand Development Task Force worked to define the value that SSO provides. Learn more about the work of this group from Task Force members Robert Martin, II, MD, PhD and Margo Shoup, MD.

Technologic Upgrades and Capital Investments Enhance Operations

Approximately six years ago, SSO became an independently managed Society. Since that time the organization has grown and offers several best-in-class resources to members. The operational necessities required to maintain a productive Society were not overlooked in the Strategic Plan.

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