Applications Open for ASCO’s New Policy Fellowship Program

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On October 15, ASCO launched a new fellowship program aimed at providing physicians with the necessary skills to shape cancer policy. ASCO is actively recruiting oncologists in the early phase of their careers that have leadership, civic, policy, or advocacy experience, and a keen interest in acquiring stronger health policy skills.

The ASCO Health Policy Fellowship application period closes December 15 for the July 1, 2016–July 1, 2017 program. Two participants will be selected.

“Sound public health policy is critical to improving the experiences of people living with cancer and reducing the impact of cancer in the United States,” said ASCO Chief Medical Officer Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO. “This program is designed to build a cadre of oncologists who can effectively develop and advocate for policies that support cancer research and delivery of high-quality cancer care.”

The ASCO fellowship program components will include active participation in policy development; small-group teaching sessions; training in communication, leadership skills, and advocacy strategies; and a mentored research project.

Applicants must be oncologists who have been working in any discipline for 10 years or less, or who have completed at least 2 years of an accredited United States clinical oncology training program. They also must be ASCO members.

Applications must be submitted online using ASCO’s Grants Portal at Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified on January 29, 2016, via email.

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ASCO conducts and administers the fellowship, with funding support from the Conquer Cancer Foundation Mission Endowment. ■

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