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July 2017

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32ā€‚Iā€‚07.2017 FEATURES A SCO is very fortunate to have an active member base eager to vol- unteer, share expertise, and give back to the oncology community. Currently, more than 2,000 volunteers are engaged on ASCO committees, subcommittees, working groups, pan- els, task forces, editorial boards, and in various training capacities. More than 1,000 additional members have applied to volunteer this year. "It's heartwarming to see the number of people who want to volunteer for this organization. It's actually one rea- son I wanted to be president because it makes me proud," said ASCO Imme- diate Past President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO. Dr. Hayes officially announced the formation of the Volun- teer Corps as part of his presidential address at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting in June. An abundance of volunteers is a good problem to have, and Dr. Hayes, along with ASCO leadership, sought to find more ways to harness the energy and talent of those who want to serve the Society's mission. They found the answer in the newly formed ASCO Volunteer Corps. MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE Similar to the framework of ASCO's existing formal volunteer program, the Volunteer Corps will be comprised of several groups, each with a distinct purpose and focus. Some of these groups will support for- mal committees, giving new volunteers an opportunity to gain experience for future volunteer opportunities and allowing committee members whose terms are ending to continue to share their institutional knowledge and men- tor a new generation of leaders. To ensure maximum volunteer support and engagement, Dr. Hayes and ASCO leadership will continue to reach out to committee leaders for input and guid- ance on how the Volunteer Corps can best serve these committees. In addition to lending committee assis- tance, the Volunteer Corps will offer other meaningful and rewarding oppor- tunities, including short-term and virtual assignments that allow for more flexible volunteer time commitments. Although needs and opportunities within the Volunteer Corps will evolve, current pro- grams ripe for participation include: u Writing for ASCO Daily News and ASCO Connection; u Recording podcasts for ASCO Daily News; u Reviewing manuscripts for ASCO's journals; u Blogging for Cancer.Net and ASCOconnection.org; u Developing Expert Perspectives for ASCO's media outreach; u Acting as ASCO social media ambassadors; and u Participating in groups such as the Technology Research Group and the Patient Advocate Programs Advisory Group. "My overall vision for the Volunteer Corps is that it will give everyone who wants to participate a chance to par- ticipate," Dr. Hayes said, a philosophy which dovetails perfectly with his presi- dential theme, "Making a Difference in Cancer Care WITH YOU." "It's a great privilege to see the num- ber of people who want to devote their time to help the Society improve patient care, and the Volunteer Corps is an effort to make those opportuni- ties even greater," he said. ā€¢ To learn more, visit volunteer.asco.org or email volunteer@asco.org. ASCO Launches Volunteer Corps New initiative will open doors for increased opportunities for member participation

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