"I just returned from participating in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) as a representative of ASCO. I, along with Drs. Chris Nunnink and Barb McAneny and ASCO staff Ms. Jennifer Brunelle and Ms. Monica Tan, attended the interim session. This session has a similar format to the larger more expanded session usually held in June. Practice issues are discussed, resolutions are debated, and decisions are made that will shape AMA policy. This particular meeting was held in Washington, DC, in an attempt to also link AMA delegate visits with members of Congress.
As always, issues, reports, and resolutions were discussed covering a vast array of topics. That is always the case. The topics invariably have to do with legislation (regional or national), education (medical and public), organizational policy, and/or specialty specific concerns. This session tends to be a more abridged version of the annual HOD, but the problems faced are far from abridged.
In addition, we (ASCO) coordinate a Cancer Caucus. This is a forum that provides a time to address ongoing oncology centric concerns that are or should be discussed. All interested parties including surgery, palliative medicine, radiation therapy, and gyn oncology, among others, attend the forum, which has quickly developed its own momentum."