The IGCS has seen tremendous member growth over the last year due to our successful strategic alliance partnership program, and with this, our portfolio of educational needs is becoming more extensive and more complex. Approximately 18 months ago, we restructured the Education Committee and launched our new website including the IGCS Member Education Portal. In addition, we launched our Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program, a two-year education and training program designed for regions that do not currently have formal training in gynecologic oncology.
IGCS Council made the decision on their February teleconference call to move forward with restructuring the Education Committee to better focus on member education as well as establish a new committee focused on Mentorship & Training. Dr. Ritu Salani who has served as Vice-Chair will now Chair the restructured Education Committee and Dr. Ane Gerda Zahl Eriksson will serve as Vice-Chair. The Mentorship & Training Committee will be chaired by Dr. Kathleen Schmeler with Dr. Joseph Ng serving as the Vice Chair. Both Committees will include a Steering Committee and various Work Groups with representation from all regions of the world.
The Education Committee will continue to further develop the Education Portal, where members can access educational content on a variety of gynecologic oncology topics as well as surgical videos, presentations from the IGCS meetings and Education Exchanges. It also includes access to In The Know, a monthly newsletter highlighting current abstracts from prominent peer reviewed journals as prepared by Edward Pavlik, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Ovarian Screening Research Program at the University of Kentucky.The newly established Mentorship & Training Committee will oversee the Gynecologic Oncology Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program, as well as the ongoing global virtual tumor boards utilizing Project ECHO. The Committee will also develop new initiatives for global mentoring and education including observer-ships and visiting mentor programs.
We look forward to continuing to grow and develop our education, training and mentorship programs to meet the needs of our members. For more information, please contact one of us and/or Allie Rubeo, Education Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen Schmeler, MD
Outgoing Education Committee Chair
Ritu Salani, MD
Incoming Education Committee Chair