ASCO collaborates with societies around the world to provide education in oncology for all levels of training. Educational offerings include joint symposia, workshops, multidisciplinary training, and advanced courses. Speakers are needed to travel to course locations and present on prearranged topics. ASCO members from any country who have good standing and more than 5 years of experience are eligible to volunteer.
The MCMC Train-the-Trainer program trains MCMC teachers. The goal of the MCMC is to improve the level of cancer care and promote a multidisciplinary approach to patient care in low- and middle-income countries. ASCO and the host organization tailor content to the practice environment and the needs of the audience. Courses are designed to cover cancer types common to the country or region.
- Nearly 3,000 health care providers have participated, since 2004.
- Training sites include: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay.
The goal of the ICTW is to further develop cancer research in economically emerging countries. Early-career researchers learn about:
- Best practices in clinical trials implementation
- Globally accepted standards in conducting clinical research
Each course is designed to address the needs of the local population. Topics include regulatory issues, perspectives of sponsors, publication of research, trial design, and ethics.
Targeting health care providers in low-to-middle-income countries, the Palliative Care Workshops utilize the EPEC-O: The Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Oncology Curriculum and other materials to teach skills in palliative care to physicians, nurses, social workers, and others health care providers.
The Cancer Control in Primary Care course provides primary health care providers with practical and specific knowledge that can be put into daily practice. Topics focus on:
- Early detection and referral networks
- Cancer prevention
- Local resources
ASCO works with other cancer organizations to hold joint sessions and endorse the educational content of meetings that showcase oncology themes selected to meet the needs of the region.
Volunteer Now: Interested ASCO members should send an e-mail to ASCO International for more information.