State Oncology Societies Honored for Promising New Programs that Improve Patient Care
The State Affiliate Grant Program provides funding to ASCO State and Regional Affiliates to develop and implement new efforts that will lead to improved medical practice, collaboration, and research. ASCO’s State/Regional Affiliates are a vital resource for addressing issues of concern to the cancer community in specific regions of the country.
The 2012 honorees and projects include:
- The Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO) will help its members understand and implement the 2012 American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer’s new survivorship care standards. Its program includes the creation a toolbox to help providers implement care plans across a diverse patient population.
- The Maryland/DC Society of Clinical Oncology (MDCSCO) will focus its efforts on growing and enhancing its membership pool in an effort to ensure the Society represents the interests of oncology and all professionals working in the field. MDCSCO hopes to expand its reach with small community practices, large practices, research institutions, academic and teaching hospitals and government agencies.
- The Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society will focus its new program on integrating palliative care into oncology practices in the region. Its program aims to introduce specific performance improvement processes, new tools and educational programs designed to improve end-of-life cancer care. The Society will use ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) module to measure improvement of certain end-of-life measures.
The 2012 State Affiliate Grant Program is supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. ■