Conquer Cancer Foundation and ASCO International Development and Education Award


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Applications Being Accepted Through October 31, 2017 

THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION AWARD (IDEA) provides support for early-career oncologists in low-and middle-income countries and facilitates the sharing of knowledge between these oncologists and ASCO members. The program pairs IDEA recipients with a leading ASCO member mentor, enables recipients to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting, participate in a post-Meeting visit to their mentor’s institution, and develop long-term relationships to improve cancer care in their countries. In addition, IDEA recipients will also receive 3 years of complimentary ASCO membership, including a subscription to the Journal of Clinical Oncology. 

In addition the International Development and Education Award in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC) provides medical education in palliative care, assists with career development, and helps establish strong relationships with leading ASCO members in the field of palliative care who serve as scientific Mentors to each recipient. IDEA-PC recipients are expected to share the knowledge and training they receive through the program with colleagues in their home countries once they return. 

The IDEA-PC program enables recipients to attend sessions at the ASCO Annual Meeting that address symptom management, communication, end-of-life care, and other relevant topics. The program also includes a visit to the mentor’s U.S. or Canadian institution to experience palliative care performed in a multidisciplinary environment and provides an opportunity to cultivate long-term professional relationships that will help improve palliative care in the recipients’ home countries. 

Applicants must meet specific criteria to qualify for the IDEA and IDEA-PC Awards, including being a current resident of a country classified by the World Bank as low- and middle-income countries and have limited resources to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting. To learn more, visit https://www.conquer. org/international-development-and-education-award. ■

HOW CAN YOU HELP? 

Volunteer With ASCO International 

ASCO INTERNATIONAL offers oncology professionals the opportunity to volunteer at home or abroad, with the goal of improving cancer care worldwide. Volunteer opportunities include serving as faculty in one of ASCO’s international education courses, participating in the ASCO Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) International Cancer Corps, and mentoring early-career professionals from low- and middle-income countries. Volunteers must be prepared to pay their way to the site and must be ASCO members in good standing, with more than 5 years of experience. 

Apply to ASCO’s Virtual Mentors Program 

ASCO’S VIRTUAL mentors program pairs early-career ASCO members with a mentor outside of their country or region. Mentors and mentees communicate via virtual technology, such as e-mail, phone, and video-conferencing. 

Applications for the Virtual Mentors Program opened September 1, 2017. 

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities with ASCO International, ASCO members should visit https://www.asco.org/international-programs/volunteer-asco-international



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