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About ASTRO

Initiatives

NEW for Summer 2021 - DEI in RO Social Series

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Radiation Oncology (DEIinRO) is a social education series targeting and discussing key issues on diversity, inclusion and belonging within the field of radiation oncology. This series consists of eight one-hour sessions throughout the summer or 2021. Each session will consist of a panel of key experts on the topic and will be streamed live on YouTube and Vimeo.

Aspiring Scientist

The Aspiring Scientists and Physicians Program offers undergraduate and medical students who are underrepresented in medicine the opportunity to learn about the radiation oncology field. This event comprises interactive panel discussions in which students meet radiation oncology faculty, residency program directors, medical physicists, residents and medical students who are on a similar journey, providing many opportunities for mentorship.

Gender Equity Community on ROhub

In 2020, a  group of members reached out to ASTRO looking for an opportunity to talk with one another about issues related to gender equity. As a result, the Gender Equity in Radiation Oncology community was launched on the ROhub, ASTRO's private member platform. Members of this community network with each other, share concerns and successes and contribute to a monthly blog on ASTRO Blog. This community is open to all ASTRO members.  

Leadership Pipeline Program

The ASTRO Leadership Pipeline Program (formerly known as the Pipeline Protégé Program) is a career development program aimed at increasing diversity among ASTRO leadership, which supports ASTRO's core value of diversity and inclusion. The two-year program is designed to develop the next generation of ASTRO leaders and is spearheaded by ASTRO’s Committee on Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CHEDI), which has a mission to advance the status of minorities and the underserved in oncology through educational and professional opportunities, advocacy and awareness.

Minority Summer Fellowship Award

The ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award introduces medical students from backgrounds that are under represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Medical students in all years are encouraged to apply; preference will be given to first- and second-year students. In an effort to promote radiation oncology as a career choice, the fellowship will provide medical students with an experience designed to expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology.