Diversity in Oncology Initiative
ASCO released a landmark strategic plan to guide future efforts for increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the oncology workforce. The ultimate goal is to develop a workforce that provides high-quality cancer care to racial and ethnic populations who experience persistent disparities in access to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment—and poorer health outcomes. The ASCO Strategic Plan for Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Oncology Workforce has three primary goals:
- Establish a longitudinal pathway for increasing workforce diversity
- Enhance ASCO leadership diversity, and
- Integrate a focus on diversity across ASCO programs and policies.
The plan outlines specific objectives, such as improving and expanding mentoring opportunities and career development for oncologists and trainees from populations that are underrepresented in medicine (URM); assessing policy solutions that could increase the proportion of oncologists who are URM; and increasing racial/ethnic diversity among ASCO leadership.
The strategic plan will guide ASCO’s overall workforce diversity efforts and build on existing programs, including ASCO’s Diversity in Oncology Initiative. This program offers, through the Conquer Cancer Foundation, two award opportunities for medical students and residents who are underrepresented in oncology:
- Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations, which supports an oncology rotation and pairs medical students with clinical oncologists who provide ongoing academic and career guidance.
- Resident Travel Award for Underrepresented Populations, which provides financial support to medical residents to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting.
The Conquer Cancer Foundation works to overcome cancer by funding breakthrough research and sharing cutting-edge knowledge with patients and physicians worldwide. Learn more about CCF’s numerous funding and grant opportunities for researchers at all stages of their careers.
The ASCO Membership Directory is your go-to tool for finding and interacting with other ASCO members. Designed to keep you in touch with like-minded colleagues, the Membership Directory app enables you to build your professional network, connect with colleagues at meetings and easily provide other ASCO members’ information to patients seeking a referral. Using the app, members can search by name, organization, specialty and/or certification.
With new treatments coming out seemingly daily and limited time for learning, it can be hard to stay on top of the latest in oncology. So when you do have the time, you want the resources you utilize to meet your own learning style. The ASCO Personalized Learning Dashboard helps you to sift through all of the information out there and find content recommendations tailored to your media preferences.