ASCO’s International Cancer Corps Program
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Posted by: Lynsey Mellon
ASCO’s support of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), an international medical education organization, provides an opportunity to strengthen cancer care medical centers in low-resource countries. By volunteering for HVO’s education and training programs through the International Cancer Corps, oncology professionals can share their medical expertise and build long-term, supportive relationships with the clinicians who provide cancer care in these countries.
HVO pairs eligible oncology professionals with a medical center where the training needs of the facility match the expertise of the volunteer. Volunteers spend one to four weeks onsite, where they teach and train staff, residents, and students, and gain insights into the center’s cancer management needs and challenges.\
Volunteers must be appropriately trained and credentialed medical professionals who specialize in oncology. This includes physicians (medical, radiation, surgical oncology, among other specialists), laboratory professionals, and nurses. Final year oncology fellows will be accepted if paired with an experienced volunteer.
There are now five HVO education and training sites accepting oncology volunteers:
- Asuncion, Paraguay
- Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Thimphu, Bhutan
- Hue, Vietnam
- San Jose, Costa Rica
For more in formation visit the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) website or check out Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO).