For some time the Idaho Society of Clinical Oncology (ISCO) has been quite dormant. A few months ago many of you responded to a survey and indicated that the majority favored strengthening or revision of this organization. Nearly 40 surveys were sent out and the response rate was just over 50%. Most indicated a willingness to pay modest dues and favored (or did not object) to receiving support from pharmaceutical companies. 50% indicated some interest in serving in an official capacity.
It is anticipated that health care in general is headed for a major transition in the very near future. A recent ASCO study indicated that more than 50% of oncologists are now employed by hospital systems. This represents a major shift in a very short period of time. At this time, I don’t know of any private practices of medical oncology in the State of Idaho.
It is with these major changes in mind and with the intent of improving collaboration and communication within the oncology community in Idaho that I have initiated the formation of this website. In the very near future I hope to work with a group of you to put together a Board of Directors and a slate of officers to make a number of decisions regarding the structure and management of such an organization. To begin, a group of volunteers is needed to evaluate issues such as dues, structure, management and monitoring of this effort.
If you are interested in joining ISCO and/or assisting with the restructuring efforts, please fill out our online membership form free of charge so that we may include you. Many thanks.
Dr. Thomas Beck
President, Idaho Society of Clinical Oncology