There was an omission in the recently released updated Specifications by Category for Commission on Cancer Pediatric Cancer Programs (PCP). The six standards PCPs are exempt from were inadvertently omitted. This error has been corrected, and an updated version of Optimal Resources for Cancer Care has been published on the CoC website. Questions on the new PCP requirements may be submitted to the CAnswer Forum.
May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and May 2 is Melanoma Monday. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US. By providing your community and staff with information on what they can do to avoid unprotected UV exposure, the most preventable skin cancer risk factor, you can help raise awareness.
To support your outreach efforts, the Commission on Cancer is providing posters, social media graphics, and electronic signature artwork. These resources will allow you to promote your CoC accreditation and your commitment to educating your community on ways to reduce melanoma risk. For example, as part of an overall awareness campaign, use the artwork in your community newsletters and place the posters throughout your site.
To access these resources, please log into the CoC Quality Portal (QPort) and click on Resources. The full range of marketing resources created by the CoC can be accessed in this area. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Sue Rubin.
Please share with us any information on the activities your program has conducted to observe Melanoma Awareness Month. We want to hear from you!
The multidisciplinary Commission on Cancer is seeking applications for early-career Fellows of the American College of Surgeons interested in advancing the priorities of the CoC to improve the quality of cancer care delivery across the country. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and those of diverse backgrounds to contribute to our work. The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. Membership on the CoC requires a commitment to serve on, attend, and contribute to the work of one of five working committees that meet quarterly, and to attend two in-person meetings that take place in the spring and the fall (travel is supported by the CoC). There are six vacancies we are seeking to fill beginning in October.
Interested applicants should be affiliated with a CoC-accredited cancer program and are encouraged to review the Fact Sheet to become familiar with CoC activities and then follow this link to apply for membership via Survey Monkey by May 15. In addition to completing the Survey Monkey, please send your current curriculum vitae in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15. We will confirm receipt of your application and CV. The CoC’s Nominating Committee reviews all applications and contacts those selected in the fall. Initial terms are for 3 years beginning in October.
In this week’s coverage of the CoC’s 100th Anniversary, learn about Owen G. McDonald, MD, FACS, Cancer Programs Administrator from 1963 to 1966.