New Fellows Selected for ASCO’s 2018-2019 Health Policy Fellowship Program

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ASCO recently announced that Trevor Royce, MS, MD, MPH, and Sheetal Kircher, MD, have been selected for the ASCO Health Policy Fellowship Program. 

Now entering its third year, the fellowship program offers oncologists the opportunity to gain the knowledge-base, skills, and experience necessary to shape regulatory and legislative policies that directly affect the practice environment and impact patients with cancer and their care teams. The next ASCO health policy fellowship runs from July 1, 2018–July 1, 2019. 

Trevor Royce, MS, MD, MPH 

Dr. Royce is currently the Chief Resident at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program and immediate past vice-chair of the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology Executive Committee. During medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, he spent a year as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow conducting health services research with a focus on prostate cancer. 

He will join the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill this fall.

Sheetal Kircher, MD 

Dr. Sheetal Kircher is a medical oncologist and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Northwestern University. She obtained her medical degree from the Rush Medical College and completed her fellowship in medical oncology at Northwestern University. During her research fellowship at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs, focusing on health services, she also obtained a Master’s degree in Health and Health Outcomes from the University of Michigan. 

She currently serves as the Medical Director of the Survivorship Institute of Northwestern where she oversees programmatic aspects of delivering survivorship care. 

Responsibilities and Opportunities 

As ASCO health policy fellows, Dr. Royce and Dr. Kircher will participate in the following activities: 

  • Active participation in policy development for high-impact issues in oncology 
  • Small-group teaching sessions delivered by ASCO professional staff and qualified volunteers 
  • Training in communication and leadership skills, as well as advocacy strategies 
  • A mentored research project that advances an ASCO policy initiative 

2019 Application Period 

The application period for next year’s Health Policy Fellowship opens open July 1, 2018 and must be submitted online using ASCO’s Grants Portal. 

ASCO conducts and administers the fellowship with funding support from the Conquer Cancer Foundation Mission Endowment. ■