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July 2017

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FEATURES l A SCO International the ASCO Annual Meeting by covering their travel and expenses. Further- more, they are assigned a mentor to guide them through the maze of the simultaneous sessions and help them make face-to-face connections with other attendees. More recently, again with the support of the Conquer Can- cer Foundation, those chosen for this award have the opportunity to spend 3 days in a North American cancer center for direct contact and training with the mentor and the mentor's institution. IDEA now represents a highly coveted award for both mentors and mentees. staff in making it a reality. Most of all, I congratulate the IDEA recipients of the past 15 years for their hard work and dedication to improving the care of patients with cancer. • Dr. Einhorn served as 2000-2001 ASCO president, during which time he envisioned and championed the travel program that eventually became known as the Interna- tional Development and Education Award (IDEA). He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Medicine and the LIVESTRONG Foundation Professor of Oncology at Indi- ana University School of Medicine. He has been an ASCO member since 1974. The IDEA program has exceeded my expectations. The recipients of these awards—328 over 15 years—are able to pay it forward and continue cancer education and high-quality treatment in their home institution and country. They represent a new generation of national and international leaders in global oncology. I am proud of my small role in insti- tuting this program, but especially appreciate the support of the Conquer Cancer Foundation, the ASCO Interna- tional Affairs Department, and their Clockwise from top left: IDEA recipients at the 2015 IDEA Welcome Dinner; Dr. Sinisa Radulovic (2002 IDEA recipient) and Dr. Neda Nikolic (2014 IDEA recipient); 2015 IDEA Networking Reception; 2013 IDEA Dinner organized by the Conquer Cancer Foundation. " As an IDEA alumnus, I'm more than happy to recommend the program to young members of my team. I participated in this program in 2002, and still I remember the great time we had and huge experience we gained." —Sinisa Radulovic, MD, PhD, Serbia 42 I 07.2017

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