Message from the ESSO Chief Operating Officer & Office 25/08/2017
The ESSO Office has been busy in the past months to prepare the catalogue of 2018 educational activities for our members, while the courses and other activities were carried out as planned, receiving a very good result in terms of attendance and participants’ satisfaction. For instance, we recently held the written exam of the EBSQ examination in Breast Cancer Surgery, which took place in 3 different European cities (Athens, Budapest and London), and we are already preparing the next sessions for this exam, as well as one in EBSQ Surgical Oncology, which will take place this autumn.
We have also been focused on strengthening our collaborations with fellow societies at international level, both within (e.g. with the German Society of Surgery) and outside of Europe (e.g. with the Korean Society of Surgical Oncology). In addition, we are also partnering with other oncology-related societies to provide added value and a truly multidisciplinary educational portfolio for our members. The ESSO-EORTC collaboration in the field of surgical research, for instance, is proving to be very fruitful, and ESSO recently joined a new ‘oncopolicy’ initiative, the EU Joint Action on Rare Cancers (JARC), working with other societies and public health institutions to improve health outcomes for rare cancers' patients.
Recently, ESSO has been widely profiled by European and international media – including the launch of a regular ESSO society page in every issue of the prestigious magazine CancerWorld – and we are even more delighted to inform you that the European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO) was calculated an Impact Factor of 3.522, which ranks our official journal 84th out of 217 journals in the Oncology category of the Journal Citation Reports.
A special mention must be given to a group of young and dynamic people, the ESSO Young Surgeons Alumni Club (EYSAC), who not only contributed to increase our Society’s capacity for hands-on courses for surgeons in training (e.g. the EORTC-ESSO-EYSAC Course on Clinical Trials in Surgical Oncology as well as the ESSO-EYSAC courses on abdominal surgery, colorectal cancer surgery, and pancreatic cancer), but were also involved in the development of our recent research initiatives (GO SAFE and CORSiCA) and in the implementation of our regular series of webinars. There are currently two open positions on the EYSAC Steering Committee. Young dynamic ESSO members are welcome to apply! You can find further information about the call for candidates, application form and deadline here.
To summarise, we are doing our best to meet the expectations of all our members, no matter where they live or how many years of experience do they have. Therefore, as our activities continue to grow in number and scope, our office also needs to expand in parallel, which is why we have recently recruited a new staff member. Nancy Anderson joined the team on 23rd August as ESSO Committee and Project Administrator. We wish her a warm welcome.
Chief Operating Officer