By Colleen A.F. Lawton, MD, FASTRO, ROI President, and Gita Suneja, MD, MSHP, ROI Vice President
The Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI) is growing and evolving. Our research portfolio continues to expand, and we are proud to support a diverse group of investigators exploring a wide range of topics to advance radiation oncology. ROI relies on the time and effort of our dedicated volunteers to carry out this important mission for the field, and we are grateful to those who are serving now or have served in the past. As ROI looks to the future, we are launching a new process for selecting and appointing volunteers for our committees to improve transparency and ensure a broad range of voices are represented.
ROI is now accepting applications through an open call for volunteers. We are looking for enthusiastic and engaged volunteers for the following committees:
- Development: Be an advocate for ROI and help secure the resources necessary to fund practice-changing research and education. Share the impact of our research with the #radonc community and help develop innovative campaigns to drive forward the ROI mission.
- Research: Shape the ROI’s research portfolio by helping to develop requests for proposals and review applications. All are welcome to apply, but new members with expertise in one or more of the following areas are especially needed: central nervous system malignancies, thoracic malignancies and artificial intelligence.
Job descriptions for each of the committees have been posted on the ROI’s website. Please be sure to review the roles and responsibilities before submitting your application for a committee so that you understand the expectations of service. In the description of your “Areas of Expertise” in your volunteer application, explain what you will add to the committee and your commitment to ROI.
You can volunteer for up to two ROI committees in order of preference, but appointments are expected to be one per ASTRO member to offer as many volunteer opportunities as possible. A limited number of positions are available for each committee. Appointments will be for one year starting January 1, 2023, and can be renewed. ROI is ASTRO’s Research Foundation, and as such, we are a separate 501(c)(3) charity with our own Board of Trustees and committees. However, because of the close affiliation, your volunteer service with ROI can be counted toward your overall service for ASTRO.
We are excited to introduce this new volunteer process and to welcome even more ASTRO members into the ROI community. ROI exists to heighten the critical role of radiation oncology in cancer care through research, and we believe having a more open call for volunteers will allow for greater representation on our committees so that we can better serve the entire field.
If you have any questions about the volunteer process, please email ROI. To volunteer for an ROI committee in 2023, submit your application by September 30, 2022.