IN JANUARY 2018, ASCO launched the ASCO in Action Podcast, a new podcast series hosted by ASCO Chief Executive Officer Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO. This series features thought leaders and experts in oncology discussing the most pressing policy and practice issues impacting the cancer care delivery system and individuals with cancer.
In the first ASCO in Action Podcast, Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, a radiation oncologist at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina and Immediate Past Chair of ASCO’s Health Disparities Committee, joined Dr. Hudis to discuss ethnic and racial diversity in the oncology workforce, as well as ASCO’s strategic plan and other efforts to address this issue.
During this episode, Dr. Winkfield underscored the need to think beyond the doctor’s office for solutions to the issue and why it’s important. “Business has understood for a very long time that diversity breeds innovation,” she said. “The more diverse the population around the table, the more innovative strategies we can have.”
This month, Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO, offers her expertise on Congressional advocacy and stresses the importance of the oncology community’s involvement in advocacy efforts. She noted that policies set by Congress directly impact oncologists’ ability to effectively care for patients.
Each month, the ASCO in Action Podcast will bring a new episode that addresses timely and relevant issues in cancer policy and practice. Let us know if there are any issues you’d like discussed in this podcast series by e-mailing AiApodcast@asco.org.
You can access these podcasts at action.ascou. libsynpro.com, or subscribe to the ASCO in Action Podcast series via iTunes or Google Play. ■
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