Early Career Workshop

Early Career Workshop
Saturday, January 30, 2021

8:00 am – 10:30 am CST
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Workshop Overview

Data, Data, Data
Robert Coleman, MD

From Abstract to Manuscript
Rene Pareja, MD

Discussion led by moderator Rhonda Farrell, MD

How to Find a Mentor
After a brief introduction to this topic, attendees will join breakout rooms for more interactive discussion.

What it means to be an IJGC Fellow
Pedro Ramirez, MD


Rhonda Farrell, MD




Robert Coleman, MD



Rene Pareja, MD



Pedro Ramirez, MD



IGCS uses Zoom Video Webinar for virtual events.

Zoom Webinar technology has a maximum capacity of 500 attendees. While we believe that we will be able to accommodate all attendees, these free sessions have garnered a lot of interest and there is a chance that capacity will be reached. Also, please be aware that poor internet connectivity and other issues may affect the quality of your experience. Click here to view tips to improve your Zoom Webinar connectivity.

If you are unable to enter the Zoom Webinar or experience technical difficulties, please know that a recording of the entire session will be made available on the IGCS website in a timely manner after the event.

Season’s Greetings from IGCS

Dear IGCS Members and Friends,

This year has been like no other in our lifetime. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by the coronavirus and I would like to express my gratitude to those of you who are frontline workers and caregivers who have selflessly provided care to the most vulnerable in impossible circumstances. You give your strength to so many. I would also like to recognize and applaud the scientists and researchers within our community who dedicate their careers to scientific innovation and the development of life-saving technologies and therapies. Your work is so important.

I think this year it has been more apparent than ever that we are all connected regardless of our beliefs, culture, or geography. I am heartened by what I have seen this year – the global collaboration, support, and communication that has continued despite our inability to gather in the same rooms. The challenges of this year jumpstarted our virtual programs which allowed us to reach thousands of healthcare professionals, advocates, patient-survivors, and collaborate with organizational partners from all over the world. Many of you are new to the IGCS community – I am so glad you are here.

Thank you for participating in our virtual events whether it be our Surgical Film Festivals, Virtual Tumor Boards, Global Patient Perspectives Roundtables, and of course the 2020 Annual Global Meeting and the Survivor-Caregiver Public Summit. Through it all, I have seen how you have been supportive of one another. What a comfort it has been to know that we were never alone; that others were facing similar challenges and that we could find solutions to shared problems together. Thank you for your dedication, collaboration, and courage.

As 2020 comes to an end and knowing that this holiday season may not be as festive as previous years, I wish you moments of peace amid difficult situations, connections with family and friends even if you cannot touch, and the comfort of warm memories of holidays past. We are seeing glimmers of promise that the pandemic will wane, so let’s welcome 2021 with hope.
Thank you for being a part of our community. I wish you all a safe and joyful holiday season and may the New Year bring you good health and happiness.




Mary C. Eiken, MS


COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19 Resources & Reading

The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery is conducting a CovidSurg Cancer Study to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on care of Cancer Patients requiring surgery. Learn more about the inclusion criteria. 

IGCS is making available a list of materials and resources related to the COVID-19 emergency, but no content provided at these links is either proprietory of or endorsed by IGCS.

Conversations with Coleman

2020-2022 IGCS President, Dr. Robert Coleman launches a new video series to communicate with IGCS members and the global gynecologic cancer community.

In this episode, Dr. Coleman is joined by IGCS past Presidents, Dr. Michael Quinn and Dr. Roberto Angioli, and future President Dr. Keiichi Fujiwara. They discuss how they each first became involved with the IGCS, key member benefits, and the origin of the Strategic Alliance Partner Program. They also talk about the diversity of the IGCS Council, the importance of volunteer leaders in achieving strategic goals for the society, and give advice to members who are interested in becoming more involved with IGCS initiatives and programs.


In this first video message, Dr. Coleman discusses the goals of this web series, explains why he decided to become involved with the International Gynecologic Cancer Society over 25 years ago, and why he thinks the society is unique and important. He also touches on his leadership style and how he plans to engage the IGCS Council Members during his term as IGCS President.


Patient Perspectives Roundtable

Global Patient Perspectives Roundtable
Navigating Telehealth/Telemedicine & Embracing Shared Decision-Making

Recorded on Saturday, November 21, 2020

This Global Patient Perspectives Roundtable—focused on Telehealth/Telemedicine and Shared Decision-Making—is the first in a series of four roundtables sponsored by GSK. These topics are relevant to patient care and outcomes, options, and autonomy and are especially significant in the backdrop of COVID-19 and of global discussions of health equity. Participating in this active exchange of information across populations, specialties, and regions, attendees will enhance their understanding of these important topics and be more empowered to exercise their rights and options related to each.


Daniela Luvero
Member, IGCS Council
Gynecologic Oncologist, University Campus Bio Medico of Rome



Gwen Darien
Executive Vice President, Patient Advocacy & Engagement, National Patient Advocate Foundation & Patient Advocate Foundation, USA


Miriam Mutebi
Breast Surgical Oncologist & Assistant Professor of Surgery, Aga Khan University Hospital


Karen Begaii-Wilson
Cervical Cancer Survivor & Advocate
Navajo Nation

Noriko Fujiwara
Oncology & Research Nurse
IMSUT Hospital of the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo


Graziela Zibetti Dal Molin
Medical Oncologist
Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo Hospital


Kimlin Ashing
Professor & Founding Director, Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education, City of Hope National Medical Center

About the IGCS Patient Perspectives Roundtable Series
During the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath, IGCS will continue to be a global source of education and resources, training, public awareness, and advocacy. Virtual Roundtables will

  • facilitate first-hand assessment of patient community needs and concerns
  • provide vetted information, assessments, and guidance from key opinion leaders and seasoned survivors/advocates
  • address current patient and wider community concerns through live responses to question posted online during the session
  • promote strategic conversations with health care and research communities around specific issues
  • assist all in coming to workable solutions and strategies for moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath

Each 60- to 90-minute session will cover a specific topic important to the gynecologic cancer patient communities maneuvering through the health and cancer care system during and after COVID-19 and will include IGCS key opinion leaders, patients-caregivers, and other stakeholders appropriate to the topic.

Congratulations to IGCS Global Curriculum Graduates!

Congratulations to three fellows from Maputo Central Hospital in Mozambique completing the IGCS Gynecologic Oncology Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program!

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Dr. Dércia Changule
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Dr. Siro Daud
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Dr. Ricardina Rangeiro
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique

The Global Curriculum was established in 2017 under the leadership of then-President, Michael Quinn. It is a comprehensive two-year education and training program designed for regions around the world that do not currently have formal training in gynecologic oncology.

Congratulations to Drs. Changule, Daud, and Rangeiro on achieving this important milestone. They will be the first formally trained gynecologic oncologists in Mozambique.

To learn more about the program, please download the 2019 Annual Report.

Those who would like to learn more about how to contribute to the mentorship and training aspects of this program, please email mary.eiken@igcs.org.

Dr. Dércia Changule
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Fellowship Training Completed: 2020

“Thank you very much to the whole IGCS team. I am aware that with the program many Mozambican women will be benefited, (during the training, many Mozambican women with gynecological cancer received the appropriate treatment), it is our duty to continue treat them properly.

Special thanks to Drs.: Kathleen Schmeler, Ellen Baker, Mila Pontremoli Salcedo, Geórgia Fontes Cintra, Renato Moretti, Andre Lopes and Marcelo Vieira who were engaged to train us (I am sure that we can always count with you), you trained us with professionalism and goodwill, in a country that did not even have an oncologist gynaecologist. Thank you, amazing team!”

Dr. Siro Daud
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Fellowship Training Completed: 2020

“The IGCS GC Program changed the approach of diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic malignancies in Mozambique. Our training played a key role in this change. I am happy to be part of this program.”

Dr. Ricardina Rangeiro
Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Fellowship Training Completed: 2020

“It was a great and unique opportunity to be part of this program. I will be forever grateful to the mentors and all the staff involved …Mozambique is now part of Gynecology Oncology team!!!”

We would like to sincerely thank their local mentors in Mozambique: Drs. Elvira Luis and Magda Ribeiro as well as our six volunteer international mentors: Drs. André Lopes (Instituto Brasileiro de Controle do Câncer e Instituto do Câncer do Estado de São Paulo), Georgia Fontes-Cintra (Hospital Sírio-Libanes), Kathleen Schmeler (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), Marcelo Vieira (Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein), Mila Pontremoli Salcedo (Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre/Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre/ The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center) e Renato Moretti (Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein).

Presidential Web Series Ep. 1

2020-2022 IGCS President, Dr. Robert Coleman launches a new video series to communicate with IGCS members and the global gynecologic cancer community.

In this first video message, Dr. Coleman discusses the goals of this web series, explains why he decided to become involved with the International Gynecologic Cancer Society over 25 years ago, and why he thinks the society is unique and important. He also touches on his leadership style and how he plans to engage the IGCS Council Members during his term as IGCS President.


Education Highlight: Pathology Corner Resources

Education Highlight: New Pathology Corner Resources

Login to the IGCS Education Portal to access new resources recently uploaded in the Pathology Corner:

  • WHO Classifications of Female Genital Tumors – 5th Edition Update
    • Download comprehensive summaries of the 5th edition update of the WHO Blue Books created by members of the IGCS Pathology Work Group for cervix, ovary, uterine, vulvar, and vaginal cancers.
  • Literature Highlights: Four new articles have been uploaded in addition to the summaries of papers from ISGyP’s Endometrial Carcinoma Project published in the International Journal of Gynecological Pathology.
    • Uterine Endometrial Stromal Tumors with Limited Infiltration: First Report of a Case Series Indicating Potential for Malignant Behavior
    • Practical Guidance for Measuring and Reporting Surgical Margins in Vulvar Cancer
    • Molecular Subtypes of Clear Cell Carcinoma if the Endometrium: Opportunities for Prognostic and Predictive Stratification
    • Mismatch Repair Deficiency and Prognostic Significance in Patients with Low-Risk Endometrioid Endometrial Cancers
  • Interesting Cases: Two case reviews are now available with images and descriptions diagnosing:
    • Struma Ovarii
    • Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Arising in Mature Cystic Teratoma

While you are exploring the Pathology Corner, make sure to view the educational lectures, download the terms & definitions of commonly used IHC stains in gynecologic oncology and please feel free to send an email to pathology@igcs.org to submit your pathology-related questions to the IGCS Pathology Work Group members.

Under the direction of Anna Plotkin, Pathology Work Group Lead, and with significant contributions from our Strategic Alliance Partner Members at the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists (ISGyP), the corner was created to streamline pathology related education curated specifically for gynecologic oncologists. We would like to acknowledge and express gratitude to our work group members for their efforts: Anna Plotkin, Work Group Lead (Canada), Blake Gilks (Canada), Siobhan O’Connor (USA), Joseph Rabban (USA), Adrian Suarez (USA), Gulisa Turashvili (Canada), and Rachael van der Griend (New Zealand) and all the contributors who have agreed to share content.

We hope you enjoy the new educational content in the Pathology Corner of the IGCS Member Education Portal!


2021 Membership Renewal

It’s that time of year! If your membership is set to expire on December 31st, please make sure to renew so that we may continue to serve you in 2021.

On behalf of the IGCS leadership, I want to thank all of you in advance for paying your 2021 membership dues. We know you have other organizations that you belong to and IGCS is very grateful for your willingness to continue your membership with us. Dues allow organizations, like IGCS, to fund important programs that are essential to you, our members, and for you to take advantage of the many member benefits offered.

IGCS, being a member driven organization, relies on the members to support us in many ways – including renewing your membership.

Please sign in to your member account and submit your membership dues for 2021 or pay in advance up to three years. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the IGCS Membership Manager, Cathy Fearing at cathy.fearing@igcs.org.

As always, we thank you for your continued dedication. We look forward to serving you for another year!

Mary Eiken, MS

2021 IJGC Editorial Fellowship

IJGC Editorial Fellowships

The Editorial Team at the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer is offering a 4-month Editorial Internship from February-May 2021 for all those interested in learning about the processing of manuscript submission, peer-review analysis, revisions, and ultimately production and publication, as well as journal management and strategy.

This experience will match the Editorial Fellow with the Editor-in-Chief, and together they will work to assure for a very positive and productive learning experience.

We look forward to working on this very exciting project.

Fellowship Objectives

During their appointment, fellows will gain experience in peer review processing, proposal/manuscript development, medical journal production, working with authors, editorial board management, and implementing a strategic vision plan. The objectives of the project are:

  • Increase interest in “editorial” and other publication-related activities for trainees and fellows
  • Increase understanding and participation in the IJGC review process
  • Tighten the relationship between the “new” generation of gynecological oncologists and more experienced generations
  • Increase the visibility of IJGC among younger gynecological oncologists

Fellowship activities

The Fellows will participate in manuscript decisions, strategic planning for the journal, editorial team conference calls, and journal’s annual meeting. In addition, the fellow will work on special projects based on personal areas of interest and the needs of the IJGC and Editor-in-Chief expectations. Fellows will develop the skills to further their own research careers and effect change in the quality of medical research. Examples of activities undertaken during the Fellowship might include the following:

  • Serve as Editorial Fellow for 4 months.
  • Peer review of manuscripts and consult with the Editor-in-Chief on peer review
  • Learn how electronic manuscript review systems work
  • Be involved in the final decision of selected manuscripts together with the Editor-in-Chief
  • Participate in monthly Associate Editors telephone conference calls
  • Participate in all meetings of the Editors during the annual meetings of IJGC as per candidate’s availability
  • Recruit trainees as reviewers as determined by the Editor-in-Chief
  • Develop on-line initiatives (depending on the needs)
  • Prepare and participate in IJGC’s monthly Twitter Journal Club
  • Assist the Social Media Editor with promotion of the journal through Facebook and Twitter, including posting from the @IJGCfellows Twitter account
  • Assist with developing content by identifying potential authors and topics for invited articles, such as Review Articles, Clinical Trials, Corners of the World, and Podcasts
  • Final report to the Editor-in-Chief demonstrate what was learned during the program


The IJGC Editorial Fellowship is designed for a junior faculty or fellow who wishes to build skills and gain experience through active participation in the IJGC editorial team.

Candidates must have documented interest in gynecologic oncology, such as:

  • fellowship/residency in oncological gynecology, radiotherapy or medical oncology (completed or in progress)
  • work in an oncology center
  • documented publishing experience
  • involvement in IGCS, IGCS Early Career Network, ESGO, or ENYGO activities is an advantage


To apply, candidate should send:

  • CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Letter of interest (one page, please be as specific as possible in detailing the reason for interest in the Editorial Fellowship and how it would benefit to you)
  • Letter of recommendation from the Head of the Department or from an ESGO or IGCS Member with a statement of protected time for the performance of the fellowship functions
  • List of publications or performed reviews
  • Proof of proficiency in English is absolutely necessary

Applications should be sent to ijgc@jjeditorial.com with the subject line “IJGC Editorial Fellowship Application.”

Application timeline:

Applications will close on December 1, 2020.  Interviews will be held between December 7, 2020 and December 18, 2020.  Fellows will be selected by January 4, 2021.

Selection process:

The Editor-in-Chief evaluate the applications and select 4 individuals to become Fellows. The decision is final without right of appeal.