FAQs & How to use this site
Home | About Us | Contact Us
The Front Line
The Front Line: Charles D. Blanke, MD, SWOG Chair

PREVIOUS POSTS November 2017

October 2017 September 2017 August 2017 July 2017 June 2017 May 2017 April 2017 March 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 November 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 JUNE 2016 MAY 2016 APRIL 2016 MARCH 2016 FEB 2016 JAN 2016 DEC 2015 NOV 2015 OCT 2015 SEP 2015 AUG 2015 JUL 2015 JUN 2015 MAY 2015 APR 2015 MAR 2015 FEB 2015 JAN 2015 DEC 2014 NOV 2014 OCT 2014 SEP 2014 AUG 2014 JUL 2014 JUN 2014 MAY 2014 APR 2014 MAR 2014 FEB 2014 JAN 2014 DEC 2013 NOV 2013 OCT 2013 SEP 2013 AUG 2013 JUL 2013

Closing the loop: Member feedback on the group meeting

Nov 1, 2013 - Happy Halloween!

As we follow up on the plans discussed at the recent Chicago group meeting, we're also trying to assess the impact of SWOG's new initiatives, and changes made to the live meeting schedule. Many of you were kind enough to fill out the survey asking whether SWOG should consider shifting its group meetings from the current Thursday-to-Saturday schedule to a Friday-to-Sunday schedule instead; we appreciate having that information, as well as the typical post-meeting questionnaire. By an almost two-to-one majority, the 200+ members who completed the survey opposed such a shift. This confirms the anecdotal evidence I collected (sometimes under duress) in Chicago. It's safe to say that we will not be making any schedule shifts any time soon.

Of the attendees who completed the CME evaluation form from Chicago, 66 percent were oncologists and 27 percent were nurses or clinical research associates. We appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of the participation.

The schedule changes already implemented earned mostly positive reviews in these evaluations, though, as always with the relatively recently condensed schedule, some expressed frustration because of overlap. We're happy members want to go to as many sessions as possible! The changes did result in less session overlap for group leadership, executive officers, and the protocol coordinators who are the primary administrative point of contact for their committees. The shortening of the Friday plenary and most committee sessions also allowed for more interactions among investigators and members.

Of course we still have room to improve, and we will continue to tweak the schedule. For example, we will try to have working group and general committee meetings within 24 hours of each other. We're also likely to make some changes that will reduce the amount of overlap between sessions run by the Oncology Research Professionals Committee and sessions that members of that committee must attend to meet their institution's expectations.

Some of our efforts have already begun to break down silos within SWOG, as well as opening better lines of communication with and across our membership. Of course we want communications to go both ways, hence the surveys and evaluations, and this blog. Thank you for your feedback on your group meeting experience, and please keep it coming. And happy Halloween!

SWOG Logo Disclaimer | Copyright ©1999-2017 SWOG. All rights reserved.
Design and Hosting by nuMedia
SWOG is FISMA CertifiedSWOG is FISMA Certified