Special Session

Breakfast II - (INTERACTIVE) ASTRO/NCI Diversity Symposium: Pathways for Recruiting and Retaining Women and Under-represented Minority Clinicians and Physician Scientists Into the Radiation Oncology Workforce

9/17/2019
6:45 AM - 8:00 AM
Location: Room W192

Session Type: Breakfast
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
1.00 CAMPEP Credits
1.50 MDCB Credits

Breakfast will be served at 6:45 a.m. and session will begin at 7:00 a.m.

This session will first explain the importance of a diverse workforce in reducing health disparities. We will present recent data describing the extent of diversity in radiation oncology, including how it has changed over time, and how our statistics compare to those of other related medical professions. With that background information, we will then discuss general approaches to medical student recruitment, including creative approaches to improve radiation oncology involvement in undergraduate medical education so that more students learn of the existence of the specialty early in their education when they have time to build themselves into competitive residency applicants. We will then focus on specific barriers to recruitment of women and under-represented minority students into radiation oncology residency programs. We will discuss how educational initiatives can effectively transition into targeted mentoring, and consider ways that national organizations like ASTRO and ASCO promote female and URM student interest in oncology. Finally, we will review approaches to faculty retention of women and URM candidates at academic institutions, which has historically been a problem throughout medical specialties.

Learning Objectives:

Presentations:

Gita Suneja, MD, MS

Duke University Medical Center

Disclosure:
Employment
Duke University: Associate Professor: Employee;
Family: University of North Carolina: Assistant Professor: Employee

Compensation
American Board of Radiology : Travel Expenses;
National Comprehensive Cancer Network : Honoraria : Travel Expenses;
National Institutes of Health : Research Grants;
Radiation Oncology Institute : Travel Expenses

Leadership
ASTRO: CHEDI Education Subcomm Chair;
ASTRO: Scientific Comm Health Services Track Vice-Chair;
National Comprehensive Cancer Network: HIV Panel Co-Chair;
Radiation Oncology Institute: Research Committee Chair

Presentation(s):

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Joel Greenberger, MD, FACRO, FASTRO

UPMC Medical Education

Disclosure:
Employment
UPMC-Shadyside Hospital

Biography:
Dr. Greenberger is currently Principal Investigator on the Center for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation (CMCR) Grant from the NIAID. He also is Principal Investigator on Project 1 “Signature Directed Delivery of Mitigators of Total Body Irradiation-Induced Toxicity,” and the Principal Investigator on the Pilot Projects Core, and the Education and Development Core of the CMCR Grant. The CMCR Program, with its four projects and six cores, seeks to optimize MnSOD-PL gene therapy for systemic radiation protection (agents delivered after radiation exposure) to protect first responders entering a blast area for a dirty bomb or fission bomb terrorist attack. The projects in the CMCR are also focused on developing new small molecule radiation mitigators (agents delivered after radiation exposure) to decrease the toxicity of radiation and stimulate survival of individuals who would normally be victims of bone marrow or intestinal radiation injury. Project 1 seeks to determine the potentially deleterious late effects of total body radiation protection in surviving mice that are protected from otherwise lethal total body irradiation. Male, female, and pregnant female mice are being followed for their lifespan, and litters born to pregnant females who have survived irradiation by small molecule therapy are being followed for teratogenic effects of this radiation protection.

Presentation(s):

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