News and Publications

Ballot open for bylaws changes, Leadership Pipeline Proteges named, PRO Reviewer Apprenticeship

November 17, 2021

ASTRO’s ballot now open for voting on bylaws changes
ASTRO’s ballot is now open for voting on changes to the existing bylaws, as presented at ASTRO’s Annual Business Meeting, October 26, 2021, in Chicago. Changes include adding a new Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (HEDI) Council to the ASTRO Board of Directors and including criteria for ASTRO elected positions on the Board. Voting will be open from 12:00 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, until 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, December 17, 2021. View the revised bylaws and access the ballot at www.astro.org/Vote. The ballot and instructions will appear once you log in with your email address and password. If you need assistance with your login information, please send an email to Membership. Voting is conducted through a secure, online system that ensures the authenticity and secrecy of your ballot.

There’s still time to join us for the 2021 Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium
We're so excited to invite you to register for the in-person 2021 Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona, December 2-4. Join your colleagues and explore emerging innovations and new advancements. The curriculum covers the latest advances in surgery, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, pulmonary medicine and medical oncology related to thoracic malignancies. Hear from faculty and speakers about the topics they will present during the meeting. View the schedule for more on the science and trends that will be discussed at the symposium and to see the amazing lineup of faculty. Register now and take a few minutes to plan your trip.

ASTRO Leadership Pipeline Program names 2021-2022 protégés
Congratulations to the following protégés on their selection: Raymond Mailhot Vega, MD, MPH, of University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute; Sophia Kamran, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital; Michelle Ludwig, MD, MPH, PhD, of Baylor College of Medicine; Rachel Jimenez, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital; and Jolinta Lin, MD, of Emory University. The ASTRO Leadership Pipeline 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 by embedding them in ASTRO’s councils. Each protégé receives a $1,000 stipend each year to support their attendance at the ASTRO Annual Meeting, where they will report on their experiences.

PRO Reviewer Apprenticeship program applications close December 1
The Practical Radiation Oncology (PRO) Reviewer Apprenticeship program provides an opportunity for early-career radiation oncologists to develop their peer-review skills. Apprentices will be asked to complete five manuscript reviews for the journal within a two-year period and will receive feedback on their reviews from the PRO editorial team. Applications are open through Wednesday, December 1, 2021. For more information, please see the full program overview.

ASTRO set to lose seat at AMA table; Action needed

The American Medical Association has been a leading voice on reforming prior authorization burdens and has fought against challenges to our autonomy as physicians, with major successes benefiting every one of us. ASTRO may lose our representation at the AMA’s House of Delegates, as the number of ASTRO members who are also members of the AMA has fallen short of the required number. Learn what is at stake and how you can do your part to mitigate this issue.

RO-ILS Case Study 10: Erroneous contour
The latest RO-ILS educational resource highlights a near miss event in which the gross tumor volume was mistakenly contoured in the stomach instead of the pancreas. This error was caught by a physicist prior to treatment. Read Case Study 10 to learn more about the contributing factors and lessons learned related to imaging, standardization, peer review and safety culture. To address the well-documented variation in target volume delineation, review the library of eContouring courses in ASTRO Academy. Enroll in the RO-ILS program today to meet the PSO requirement in the RO Model. For more information, contact RO-ILS.

ASTRO leadership, members pay tribute to Anthony Zietman, MD, FASTRO, in editor’s final Red Journal issue
Red Journal Editor-in-Chief Anthony Zietman, MD, FASTRO, is concluding his tremendously successful, decade-long tenure at the end of this year. The final issue under his editorship, vol. 111, issue 5 (December 2021), was published online this week. This issue includes thoughts from Dr. Zietman about everything from the journal’s soaring Impact Factor to its unique cover art to what the journal has meant for him personally. Additionally, eight tributes of gratitude showcasing Dr. Zietman’s talent and dedication are featured. We cannot thank him enough for his service to ASTRO and the radiation oncology community!

ASTRO urges increased investment in cancer research
ASTRO joined 49 fellow members of the One Voice Against Cancer coalition in sending a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies asking for ample investments for cancer research to be included in the FY2022 Appropriations bill. The organizations specifically call for $7.609 billion for the National Cancer Institute, $51.733 billion for the National Institutes of Health and $559 million for the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. For more on these funding levels, see What’s Happening in Washington.

Jefferson Health network earns APEx re-accreditation
Congratulations to the Jefferson Health network in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for earning re-accreditation through ASTRO’s APEx – Accreditation Program for Excellence® at their Jefferson Health – Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Center City and Jefferson Health Northeast – Torresdale locations, both located in Philadelphia. In addition, Jefferson Health earned new accreditation at their Jefferson Health Asplundh Cancer Pavilion – Abington (Willow Grove) and Jefferson Health New Jersey – Washington Township (Sewell) locations. To be fully re-accredited by ASTRO, a facility must continue to meet a majority of APEx standards in a satisfactory manner. View a list of accredited facilities and contact ASTRO staff to learn about the new options available for accreditation and why APEx is The Right Choice to accredit your radiation oncology practice.

Annual Meeting attendees: Remember to claim your credits
Don’t forget to claim credits for the sessions you attended during the ASTRO Annual Meeting. In-person and Digital XP attendees have until November 30 to complete the evaluation and claim their Continuing Education Credits. In order to evaluate your sessions, go to the Annual Meeting Conference Planner or the MyASTROApp and log in using your astro.org credentials (email and password). Be sure to evaluate all of the sessions you attended and complete the General Meeting Evaluation to print/save your certificate and your credit transcript. Access the step-by-step instructions or contact the Education Department if you have questions on completing the evaluation.