The Department of Medicine, in conjunction with the Comprehensive Cancer Center, recently hosted a group of international oncologists from developing countries to learn about our innovative cancer programs in clinical care, research and education, as well as our efforts in global cancer health. The oncologists are part of ASCO’s ( American Society of Clinical Oncology) International Development and Education Award (IDEA) program that pairs each recipient with an ASCO member mentor, with the goal of developing long-term relationships to improve cancer care in their countries.
The visiting oncologists participated in clinical shadowing and presentations from some of our most distinguished cancer researchers, including Drs. Funmi Olopade, Wendy Stock, and Walter Stadler, among others. Dean Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD; Everett Vokes, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine and ASCO President; and Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, Director of the UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, welcomed a total of 24 oncologists from 18 different countries including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Senegal, Uganda, Armenia, Serbia and the Philippines for the two day visit.