Seeking Medical Institutions in LMICs in Asia-Pacific Region to Participate in International Cancer Corps—Apply Today

September 3, 2019

ASCO is seeking medical institutions in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in the Asia-Pacific region to organize one or two live educational courses per year as part of the Society’s International Cancer Corps (ICC). The request for proposals (RFP) process is now open, and all proposals are due December 1.

The ICC’s mission is to improve the quality of cancer care at medical institutions in LMICs by providing education and training to clinical staff by ASCO member volunteers. The training is comprised of a standard curriculum that is then adapted to the participating medical institution to support multidisciplinary management of common cancers, integration of palliative care, and the use of evidence-based quality measures.

ASCO will work with the selected medical institution to organize up to two live courses per year to develop multidisciplinary care approaches and improve palliative care for patients with cancer and will cover the airfare, hotel, meals, and honoraria for English-speaking faculty members. Additional visits by ASCO volunteers up to four times a year will provide the selected medical institution with additional training. The following provides additional details about the training that can be provided:

  • Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course (up to 1 course per year): a three-day course delivered by ASCO volunteer faculty that promotes interdisciplinary cancer management among specialists, surgeons, pathologists, and members of the oncology caregiving team.
  • International Palliative Care Workshop (up to 1 workshop per year): a three-day workshop delivered by ASCO volunteer faculty that covers topics including communication skills, pain assessment, and symptom management.
  • Volunteer Visits (up to 4 visits per year): quarterly, ASCO will organize visits to the host institution by ASCO volunteers with expertise in multidisciplinary care, palliative care, and the integration of palliative care in cancer care.
  • Quality Measurement: (1) Training by English-speaking ASCO staff or volunteers at the host institution or via video conference on quality measurement and how to participate in ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®), a quality program designed to foster a culture of self-examination and improvement; (2) Pending legal review, access to QOPI®; and (3) Subject to eligibility criteria and program requirements, opportunity to apply for QOPI® Certification.

Eligibility Criteria

To view the full list of criteria that must be met to qualify as a host institution for the ICC please see the RFP. Criteria include:

  • Status as a hospital with legal registration with the relevant national authority or must be a government medical institution
  • Location in one of the following low-income or middle-income countries (based on the World Bank’s economic and geographic lists):
    • American Samoa
    • Cambodia
    • China
    • Fiji
    • Indonesia
    • Kiribati
    • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
    • Malaysia
    • Marshall Islands
    • Micronesia, Federated States of
    • Mongolia
    • Myanmar
    • Nauru
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Philippines
    • Samoa
    • Solomon Islands
    • Thailand
    • Timor-Leste
    • Tonga
    • Tuvalu
    • Vanuatu
    • Vietnam
  • Operational for at least one full year, have an acceptable management structure and processes in place, and be in sound financial condition with or without participation in the ICC.
  • Experience in carrying out activities with tangible outcomes.
  • No direct affiliation with a member of the ASCO Asia Pacific Regional Council (as an employee, contractor, medical staff member, director, officer, or similar).

View the full RFP.

Application Procedures

  • All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions of the RFP and must not include any identifiable patient information or patient images.
  • All application materials must be in English and must be submitted to ASCO at international@asco.org by December 1, 2019, at 11:59 PM (EST). No paper applications sent by mail or fax will be accepted.

Please note that technical assistance will not be available after 5 p.m. (EST) on December 1. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to start their application early.

Apply today. The deadline for applications is December 1.

For more information or questions about eligibility, send an email to international@asco.org.