Emphasizing the critical importance of EXPERTISE

A Broad Impact for Global Oncology
JAMA Oncology, August 8, 2019. Co-authors from International Cancer Expert Corps

Emphasizing the critical importance of EXPERTISE, the article, “A Broad Impact for Global Oncology” available online https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/fullarticle/2747881 emphasizes the breadth of opportunities for global oncology. The critical need for mentorship is a driving force of ICEC with the creation of a career path being essential.  The breadth of expertise required- noted on the ICEC website- creates an opportunity for many participants in all stages of their careers.

Figure 1 from the paper includes all that can be accomplished, requiring global partnerships, innovative thinking and built up Expertise.

The paper concludes: “The size and complexity of the problems present a grand challenge worthy of the best minds and transformational approaches, often requiring partnerships that have potential for common projects even among countries and neighbors who have political conflicts. How could one not want to eradicate cancer and its deleterious impact? The Figure provides the components and benefits of a systems approach that supports leading-edge science and technology but, critically, pays attention to those populations historically and currently left behind in the trailing-edge turbulence of inequality. In this way, creativity, innovation, altruism, and commitment can bring rewarding results.”

The critical need for mentorship is a driving force of ICEC with the creation of a career path being essential.  The breadth of expertise required- noted on the ICEC website- creates an opportunity for many participants in all stages of their careers.  That global health is catching on in ASTRO is seen in the International session below on the opening day of the Annual Meeting in Chicago, September 15, 2019.

International Session 02 – (INTERACTIVE) Fighting Cancer Globally

Sunday, September 15, 2019:  1:15-2:30 Room W172

Presentations:
1:15 PM – 1:25 PM

Introduction
Speaker: C. Norman Coleman, MD, FASTRO –
1:25 PM – 1:35 PM

IAEA initiatives
Speaker: May Abdel-Wahab, MD, PhD, FASTRO – International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
1:35 PM – 1:45 PM

ESTRO initiatives
Speaker: Ben Slotman, MD, PhD, FASTRO – VU University Medical Center
1:45 PM – 1:55 PM

UICC initiatives 
Speaker: Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, FASTRO – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
1:55 PM – 2:05 PM

WHO initiatives
Speaker: Elena Fidarova, MD – World Health Organization (WHO)
2:05 PM – 2:15 PM

NCI Center for Global Health Initiatives
Speaker: Surbhi Grover, MD, MPH – University of Pennsylvania Health System
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Audience Q&A
Speaker: C. Norman Coleman, MD, FASTRO