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July 2017

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By Lawrence H. Einhorn, MD, FASCO I have always recognized the fact that the American Society of Clinical Oncology is a misnomer, as we truly are a worldwide organization. Issues of global oncology are relevant especially in low- and middle-income countries, where people do not have the same access to medical education and can- cer treatment as in Western Europe, Australia, North America, and other high-income regions. The ASCO Annual Meeting is the world's leading cancer research and education meeting, bringing together more than 30,000 oncology profession- als from around the world. In the 1990s, The Origins of the International Development and Education Award the international audience for the ASCO Annual Meeting was primarily oncolo- gists from high-resource areas or senior oncologists. These international attendees made major contributions to the Annual Meeting and their travel costs were often covered by industry sponsorship. However, cancer is an equal, if not larger, problem in low- and middle-income countries. Bright and ambitious junior oncologists never had the opportunity to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting because they did not have the financial capabilities. Further- more, ASCO can be a confusing meet- ing for a first-time attendee. Therefore, in 2002, with the support of The ASCO Foundation (now known as the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO), we instituted an International Travel Grant, which was later renamed the International Development and Edu- cation Award (IDEA). This competitive award allows young investigators from low- and middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank) to attend Apply for 2018 International Development and Education Award ASCO and the Conquer Cancer Foundation encourage all those who meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for the IDEA and IDEA-PC: X You must be a current resident of a country classified by the World Bank as a low- or middle-income country, with limited resources to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting. X You must not have completed more than 1 academic year of formal training (for instance, attended medical school or participated in internships, fellowships, or residency programs) in a country classified by the World Bank as high-income. X You must be a Full Member, Member in Training, or International Corresponding Member of ASCO, or submit a membership application in one of these categories. X You must be less than 10 years past your oncology training program. X You must be fluent in English (both writing and speaking). X For IDEA-PC, you must have a demonstrated interest in integrating palliative and supportive care into your institution. This may be shown by attending courses on the topic, participating in related clinical activities, etc. For more information about the eligibility criteria and application process, visit CONQUER.ORG/IDEA. Applications open August 1, 2017, and close October 31, 2017. The first recipients of the IDEA (then called the International Travel Grant) attend the 2002 ASCO Annual Meeting. ASCOconnection.org I 41

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