Education in Oncology

Issues in Oncology

ASCO Sets Goals to Advance the Clinician-Educator Career Pathway in Oncology

Jo Cavallo  /  May 25, 2022

Although most oncology program directors and associate or assistant program directors consider themselves clinician-educators, they receive little to no formal medical education training to nurture trainees into clinician-educator careers and do not have a clinician-educator track for their fellows,...

Issues in Oncology

Overcoming the Challenges of Addressing Race, Culture, and Structural Inequality in Medical Education

Jo Cavallo  /  December 25, 2020

In 2017, a workgroup task force, made up of medical students and faculty at George Washington University, Texas Christian University, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, conducted a literature review to identify best practices for teaching and learning about race and culture in ...

Integrative Oncology

Addressing the Gap in Integrative Oncology Education

Jo Cavallo  /  October 25, 2019

In 2018, the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor launched the Integrative Oncology Scholars Program, with the goal of teaching oncology health-care providers how to evaluate the scientific evidence on the efficacy and safety of complementary therapies for patients with cancer. The yea...

Issues in Oncology

How to Give Effective Presentation Feedback

Jo Cavallo  /  December 25, 2019

Giving an effective scientific presentation, like all public speaking, is an acquired skill that takes practice to perfect. When delivered successfully, an oral presentation can be an invaluable opportunity to showcase your latest research results among your colleagues and peers. It can also promote...

Issues in Oncology
Gynecologic Cancers
Global Cancer Care

Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening Among HIV-Infected Women in Tanzania

Ronald Piana  /  May 25, 2019

Population screening programs and the advent of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination have made cervical cancer largely a preventable disease. Despite these advances, ­cervical cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death for ­women in low- and middle-income countries. A recent study identified ...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO Launches Its Education Scholars Program

Jo Cavallo  /  May 25, 2018

Education is such an integral part of ASCO’s strategic plan to reduce the burden of cancer for all patients, it is incorporated into the Society’s mission statement to “conquer cancer through research, education, and promotion of the highest patient care.” In 2017, ASCO’s Board of Directors voted to...

The Flipped Classroom: Swapping the Traditional Lecture Hall for an Online Version

Jo Cavallo  /  September 10, 2015

Despite enormous advances in modern medicine and the explosion of biomedical information over the past century, the way medical education is taught in the United States is stuck in a format that does not optimize learning, according to Charles Prober, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education ...

How QOPI® Is Improving Oncology Care

Jo Cavallo  /  November 25, 2015

Launched in 2002 as a pilot program to promote excellence in oncology care, the origins of ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) date as far back as 1997, when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) created a National Cancer Policy Board to assess the state of cancer care in the United States...

Issues in Oncology

How to Help Mentees Succeed

Jo Cavallo  /  December 25, 2015

Although formal mentoring programs in medical education were not launched in the United States until the late 1990s,1 today they are regarded as playing an essential role in the career development of medical trainees and have been associated with improvements in research, teaching, and patient care....

Using Simulation-Based Training to Improve the Procedural Skills of Oncology/Hematology Fellows

Jo Cavallo  /  July 25, 2016

Simulation-based education in medicine programs implemented in cancer centers for oncology/hematology fellows recreates real-world patient experiences and provides a safe—and stress-free—learning environment in which trainees can enhance their clinical and procedural skills in a variety ...

Issues in Oncology

Mastery Learning: A New Paradigm for Oncology Medical Education?

Jo Cavallo  /  September 10, 2016

According to William C. McGaghie, PhD, Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, the principles of today’s clinical medical education are rooted in a 19th century model that is no longer useful i...

Issues in Oncology

Faculty Development in Oncology: Advancing the Field by Optimizing Opportunities for Educators to Learn and Grow

Jo Cavallo  /  December 10, 2016

In 2015, Janet Riddle, MD, and her colleagues published an article1 outlining 12 key themes for delineating how fellowship programs in medical education should be developed (See “12 Tips for Developing Successful Fellowship Programs for Medical Educators,” below.) The ASCO Post talked with Dr. ­R...

Issues in Oncology

Addressing Discrimination and Bias in Medical Education

Jo Cavallo  /  January 25, 2017

“As a medical student, I often felt marginalized from my medical community. I have been told that my name is ‘not American,’ fallen prey to being confused for support staff such as a janitor (even while wearing my white coat) and been asked questions like, ‘Where are you really from?’ or...

Issues in Oncology

Overcoming Sexism in Academic Medicine

Jo Cavallo  /  July 10, 2017

The troubling results from a survey1 investigating the sexual harassment and discrimination experiences of academic medical faculty show that such incidents continue to happen with unexpected frequency despite increasing awareness of the problem. The study by Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, and colleague...

Issues in Oncology

FDA Pilot Program Aims to Encourage Students to Pursue STEM Careers

Richard Pazdur, MD  /  September 10, 2017

When I was in high school, I spent summers working as a restaurant dishwasher, grocery store stock boy, and gardener in northwest Indiana. The idea of spending those weeks learning about science and medicine would not have been an option for me at that time. Yet it is precisely those students who ...

Issues in Oncology

Initiating the Topic of Weight and Health With Patients With Obesity

Jo Cavallo  /  September 10, 2017

Rates of obesity have been steadily rising over the past 3 decades in both adults and children. Today, more than one-third of American adults and about 17% of children and adolescents, ages 6 to 19, have obesity.1 Cancer rates have risen in tandem with obesity rates, making obesity the second greate...

Integrative Oncology

University of Michigan Medical School Launches Integrative Oncology Scholars Program

Jo Cavallo  /  November 25, 2017

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Medical School in Ann Arbor recently received a $1,167,943 5-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to launch the Integrative Oncology Scholars Program. The goal of the program is to teach oncology health-care providers how to evaluate the scientific evidence of the...

Integrative Oncology

Integrative Oncology Scholars Program: Model for Evidence-Based Complementary Care

Jo Cavallo  /  February 10, 2019

THE FIRST full year of educational training in the practice of complementary therapies is now underway at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor through its Integrative Oncology Scholars Program, which launched in 2017. The program, which is supported through a 5-year grant from the National Cancer...