Apply for ASCO Health Policy Fellowship to Improve Skills Needed to Shape Cancer Policy

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ASCO is now accepting applications for its prestigious Health Policy Fellowship, a 1-year fellowship opportunity designed to give early-career oncologists the unique skills necessary to monitor and shape the regulatory and legislative policies that directly affect the practice environment and impact patients with cancer and their care teams.

Today’s health-care landscape has prompted significant expansion in the scope and diversity of policy issues ASCO works to address on behalf of its members. This, in turn, is increasing the demand for volunteer leaders within ASCO who have an interest in policy; who can understand and analyze policy implications and impact; and who have the skills and desire to interact directly with policymakers. The ASCO Health Policy Fellowship answers this need by providing a formal professional development program to build policy expertise among the Society’s members and volunteers.

The ASCO Health Policy Fellowship program will include:

  • Practical experience working with ASCO policy/advocacy staff and policy in crafting policy positions and statements;
  • Small-group teaching sessions delivered by ASCO professional staff and qualified volunteers;
  • Training in communication and leadership skills, as well as advocacy strategies; and
  • A mentored research project that advances or leverages an ASCO policy initiative.

The fellowship term will run from July 1, 2017–July 1, 2018. Once the fellowship is completed, distinguished Fellows will be appointed to one of the existing policy committees of ASCO, where they will build on their expertise and continue to drive policy and advocacy efforts.

The ASCO Health Policy Fellowship program is part of ASCO’s continued commitment to provide robust professional development opportunities for the next generation of oncologists. Oncologists who have been working in any discipline for 10 years or less who are currently enrolled in and have completed at least 2 years of an accredited U.S. clinical oncology training program are welcome to apply for this program.

The deadline for submitting applications is December 30, 2016

Please visit­advocacy-policy/advocacy-center/health-policy-fellowship for more information. ■

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