ASCO’s support of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), an international medical education organization, provides an opportunity to strengthen cancer care in medical centers in low-resource countries. By volunteering for HVO’s education and training programs, oncology professionals can share their medical expertise and build long-term, supportive relationships with clinicians in these countries.
HVO pairs eligible oncology professionals with a medical center whose needs match the expertise of the volunteer. Volunteers spend one to four weeks onsite. During that time, volunteers teach and train staff, residents, and students, and gain insight into the center's cancer management needs and challenges.
Volunteers must be appropriately trained and credentialed medical professionals who specialize in oncology. This includes physicians (medical, radiation, surgical oncology, among other specialists), laboratory professionals, and nurses. Final year oncology fellows will be accepted if paired with an experienced volunteer.
There are Four HVO Education and Training Sites Accepting Oncology Volunteers
- Hue, Vietnam
- Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Thimphu, Bhutan
- Kathmandu, Nepal