Patient Perspectives Roundtable

Spotlight on Endometrial Cancer: Breakthroughs & Concerns
Recorded on May 14, 2021
Sponsored by GSK

This Virtual Global Patient Perspectives Roundtable—focused on Endometrial Cancer —is the second in a series of four roundtables sponsored by GSK.

These topics are relevant to patient care and outcomes, options, and autonomy and are especially significant in the backdrop of COVID-19 and of global discussions of health equity. Participating in this active exchange of information across populations, specialties, and regions, attendees will enhance their understanding of these important topics and be more empowered to exercise their rights and options related to each.


Lucy Gilbert, MD, MSc, FRCOG
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Oncology, McGill University; Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, McGill University Health Center; Director, Women's Health Research Unit; Research Institute - McGill University Health Center; Creator, DOvE (Diagnosing Ovarian and Endometrial Cancers Early)
Dr. Lucy Gilbert is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Department of Oncology at McGill University. She heads the Tertiary/Quaternary Care Gynecologic Cancer Service of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) as well as its Women’s Health Research Unit. Her research focuses on novel therapeutic options for the treatment of ovarian and uterine cancers as well as technologies for their early detection. She has set up a network of satellite clinics as part of the DOvEE (Diagnosing Ovarian and Endometrial Cancers Early) project, which provide open access investigations for women with symptoms associated with gynecologic cancers. She and her team have recently developed an innovative genomic uterine pap-test called DOvEEgene to detect these cancers before they cause symptoms. The test will be offered to women 45-70 years old in the form of a clinical trial starting in May 2021.
Anne Mellon, RN
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Gynaecological Oncology, Hunter New England Centre for Gynaecological Cancer; Stream Leader Women’s Health and Gynaecology, Hunter New England WHAM Network
Anne Mellon is the Clinical Nurse Consultant in Gynaecological Oncology at the Hunter New England Centre for Gynaecological Cancer in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, a position she has held for the past 25 years. Anne is passionate about the care of women with Gynaecological Cancer and has a particular interest in endometrial cancer, vulval cancer and lymphoedema. Anne is a member of many Gynaecological Cancer advisory groups providing high level expert advice to inform the promotion of best practice gynaecological cancer care and improving gynaecological cancer outcomes. She has had a long involvement with the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, and is a current Board Director, as well as Chair of the Gynaeoncology Specialist Practice Network.
Brian Slomovitz, MD
Gynecologic Oncologist
Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Florida International University

A specialist in clinical trial development, robotic surgery, sentinel lymph node evaluation, and immunotherapy, Dr. Brian Slomovitz is a gynecologic oncologist at Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Florida International University.

Dr. Slomovitz is part of the leadership committee at the GOG Foundation where he coordinates the uterine cancer trials. He is also the principal investigator on a number of GOG clinical trials. He authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and lectured extensively. In addition, Dr. Slomovitz has been recognized as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly Medical for the past several years.

Dr. Slomovitz graduated from Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School, and completed his residency at New York Presbyterian – Cornell Medical Center in 2002. At MD Anderson Cancer Center, he completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology in 2006. He is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology.

Alexandra Taylor, MD
Member, IGCS Council
Radiation Oncologist, Royal Marsden Hospital
Chair, London Cancer Alliance Gynaecology Oncology Pathway Group; Member, National Clinical Studies Group for Gynaecological Cancer
Dr. Alexandra Taylor is a Consultant in Clinical Oncology at The Royal Marsden Hospital, London UK specialising in treatment of gynaecological cancer.  She is the IGCS Council radiation oncology representative, co-Chair of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society Guidelines Group and member of the Royal College of Radiologists Group on Artificial Intelligence in Radiotherapy.
Martha Jean Williams
Endometrial Cancer Survivor
Ambassador, Endometrial Cancer Action Network for African Americans (ECANA)

Martha Jean is energized by the beauty, joy, peace, and love that she has come to know! Her work primarily consisted of communications, nonprofit, and education. Above all, she loves serving her community. In this phase of her life, she is pursuing one of her loves, writing! Other activities she enjoys is growing herbs, cooking dishes from around the world and music! It is a privilege to serve! Being an ECANA Ambassador and a Patient Adviser is a wonderful opportunity to serve! To participate in this dialogue of health and well-being is nothing short of amazing! And the timing! My personal goal for 2020 is taking the best possible care of myself using my Lessons Learned!


Joseph Soon-Yau Ng, MD
Member, IGCS Council
Gynecologic Oncologist, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore

Dr Joseph Ng is gynecologic oncologist at the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore.  He also chairs the National University Health System’s Comprehensive Robotic Surgery program which ensures equal access to robotic surgery for all patients who need it. He is also Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the National University of Singapore.

About the IGCS Patient Perspectives Roundtable Series
During the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath, IGCS will continue to be a global source of education and resources, training, public awareness, and advocacy. Virtual Roundtables will

  • facilitate first-hand assessment of patient community needs and concerns
  • provide vetted information, assessments, and guidance from key opinion leaders and seasoned survivors/advocates
  • address current patient and wider community concerns through live responses to question posted online during the session
  • promote strategic conversations with health care and research communities around specific issues
  • assist all in coming to workable solutions and strategies for moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic and in its aftermath

Each 60- to 90-minute session will cover a specific topic important to the gynecologic cancer patient communities maneuvering through the health and cancer care system during and after COVID-19 and will include IGCS key opinion leaders, patients-caregivers, and other stakeholders appropriate to the topic.

Previous Roundtables

Navigating Telehealth/Telemedicine & Embracing Shared Decision Making
Recorded November 21, 2020
Sponsored by GSK

Patient Advocacy & Support in the Backdrop of COVID-19
Recorded June 30, 2020

Gynecologic Cancer Patient Care & Clinical Trials in the Midst of COVID-19
Recorded May 23, 2020
Sponsored by GOG Foundation

Breast Cancer Course

International Course on Breast Cancer
Three-Part Webinar Series

March 27 | April 24 | May 29
8:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT (Chicago)

This three-part webinar will be conducted in Spanish with English translation during the live event. The event recording will only be available in Spanish.

Register Here


Associate Professor: Dr. Víctor Manuel Vargas Hernández

Adjunct Professors:
Dr. Guillermo Sídney Herbert Núñez
Dr. David Cantú de León

Dr. Antonio Posada Domínguez
Dr. Paula Anel Cabrera
Dr. José Hinojosa Gómez

Objective: For doctors interested in enhancing decision-making for the benefit of their patients, this course will provide an opportunity to learn about current and future trends in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for patients with breast cancer.

Course description: Learn about the latest innovations in the knowledge and characteristics of breast cancer, detection, prevention, comprehensive management, surgery options, and personalized medicine.

Justification: Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women in Latin America (and many parts of the world) and mainly affects patients of reproductive age. This considerably affects family life and society itself. Expert multidisciplinary teams are required to effectively manage breast disease and to improve survival and quality of life.

Facing the difficult journey through breast cancer does not end with diagnosis, surgery or radiation therapy – these treatments are only the beginning. This program will cover the most up-to-date clinical education regarding the management of breast disease and include information regarding the importance of all ongoing care, including survival programs. Expert multidisciplinary professors practicing in Latin America who are trained in breast surgery, medical oncology, pathology and oncological radiology will speak about innovations, challenges. and management controversies in breast cancer care throughout the entire patient journey.

View Part I of the presentations recorded on March 27th

View Part II of the presentations recorded on April 24th

Garima Yadav Member Spotlight

IGCS offers members the opportunity to share their stories with the greater gynecologic oncology community, inspire care givers around the world and strengthen awareness of the profession and society. IGCS Member Spotlights highlight the achievements, contributions, and personal stories of members within the worldwide women’s cancer care community.

Meet Garima Yadav, an IGCS Member and Associate Professor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Jodhpur, India.

Where did you complete your training? Or tell us about your background in gyn oncology.
I completed my training at the University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi and Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai, India. Since 2018, I have been working in the field of gynecologic oncology in a tertiary care centre in western Rajasthan.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in gyn oncology or what about it interested you?
During my residency, I had the fortune of working in the busiest referral hospital in the capitol of India and saw women with gynecological cancers from all over the country. The multidisciplinary management, fascinating surgeries and overall caring for these women attracted me to this field.

Tell us about your work in women’s cancer: daily activities and/or special projects.
I am presently working at a tertiary referral centre in western Rajasthan with state of the art patient care. I am regularly conducting awareness classes for our women about breast and gynecological malignancies. Along with this, we are involved in screening women for cervical cancers, all kinds of pre-invasive cancer diagnosis and treatment. We operate on all kinds of early and advanced stage gynecological malignancies 3-4 times a week and conduct a weekly follow up clinic. I am also an active executive member of the Rajasthan state chapter of Association of Gynecologic oncologists of India (AGOI).

Tell us about the person or people who have inspired you the most in your career.
There are many renowned gynecologic oncologists from India and abroad whom I dearly look up to like my teachers Dr. Shalini Rajaram, Dr. Amita Maheshwari and Dr. Pratibha Singh. I was highly inspired by Dr. Pedro T. Ramirez when I heard him discussing LACC trial results at the 2018 IGCS Annual Meeting in Kyoto, Japan…Click here to read more 

You Could be Next in the Spotlight! To be featured in the IGCS Member Spotlight, please complete a brief questionnaire to tell us more about yourself and what its like to practice gynecologic oncology in your part of the world. We would love to hear your story.  Complete the questionnaire and read other member highlights here

Global Curriculum Graduates

IGCS Members and Friends,

We are incredibly proud of these newly trained gynecologic oncology professionals and grateful to the international mentors and local faculty who worked so hard to implement the curriculum. This program is directly aligned with the IGCS Global Health Equity Statement by supporting the training of gynecologic cancer specialists in disparate areas of the world. The Global Curriculum is meant to serve as a capacity-building initiative, investing in the effectiveness and future sustainability of each individual training program.

The Global Curriculum was established in 2017 under the leadership of then-President, Michael Quinn. It is a comprehensive two-year education and training program designed for regions around the world that do not currently have formal training in gynecologic oncology. Click here to learn more about the program. Dr. Quinn had this to say, “An outstanding achievement during these difficult times. Many congratulations to the graduates and to all those involved in their teaching and assessment programs.’

The IGCS fellows are the future leaders and champions of women’s health in their regions. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death for women in low-resource settings and women in these regions are often diagnosed in advanced stages when it is difficult to treat. The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018 released a global call for action towards the elimination of cervical cancer as a global public health problem. The goals of the call to action include HPV vaccination, screening and treatment of pre-cancer, early detection and prompt treatment of early invasive cancers and palliative care, when a cure is not possible.

With the support and weight of the IGCS behind them, these IGCS Fellows have the training and ambition to make a huge impact to reduce the burden of cervical cancer at the local level. Their training not only provides the skills to manage comprehensive patient care, but to encourage changes in health policies and collect data for their local governments to advocate for screening and vaccination programs. IGCS is committed to engage these graduates, support their professional development, and see them become the future leaders of our society.

Want to get involved or learn more?
We are always looking for volunteer leaders of all disciplines to support our mentorship and training programs. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or contributing to our virtual tumor boards, please contact Susan Ralph at Learn more about IGCS’s mentorship and training initiatives on the next episode of Conversations with Coleman, a Presidential Web Series. The date will be announced soon.

Please join us in congratulating them on their achievement!


Kathleen Schmeler, MD
IGCS Mentorship & Training Committee Chair

Joseph Ng, MD
IGCS Mentorship & Training Committee Vice Chair

Dr. Bethel Dereje
St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ethiopia
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“I would like to pass my gratitude to all the IGCS team who supported the global program from inception to this date. Your determination has brought a change in the care of gynecologic cancer in the developing world. My heart felt gratitude goes to my mentors Carolyn Johnston and Rahel Ghebre for their unwavering support and commitment to strengthen our program.”

Dr. Dawit Worku
Black Lion Hospital, Ethiopia
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“It is an honor and privilege to be part of the IGCS fellowship program. I would like to thank my mentors and the IGCS team who have been instrumental for this program. I am looking forward to continued collaboration in fight against gynecologic cancer. Thank you!”

Dr. Eric Estrada
Hospital General San Juan de Dios, Guatemala
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“I have no words to describe the feeling at this moment. Thrilled, excited and happy but definitely committed more than ever to continue toward improving Women’s Health in my country. Thank you to each one of you who took the time to teach me and open the doors to improve my life and the ones who will benefit from this gained knowledge that I have. I want to thank Julio Lau and Rene Pareja for all the effort and time they spend with me during my training and also my family who joined me in this journey.”

Dr. Quynh Tran
Da Nang Oncology Hospital, Vietnam
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“Thank you for always believing and supporting me, mentors. Thank you the IGCS staff. I am so honored and thankful to be a fellow of IGCS. You raise me up to more than I can be.”

Saujanya Karmacharya
Civil Service Hospital Nepal
Fellowship Training Completed: 2021

“Joining IGCS Fellowship program was a great turning point in my life. It has made me realize that a dream doesn’t become reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work. I am honored to be first trained fellow of IGCS in whole South East Asia. This fellowship has enriched my knowledge and skills in gynecologic oncology. It has changed my thoughts and approach while managing gynecologic cancer patients. It has taught me to work in a team, respect each other’s opinion for a common cause and how team effort helps to benefit in patient management.

I extend my sincere gratitude to my local mentor Dr Jitendra Pariyar, International mentors Dr. Asima Mukhopadhaya (U.K) and Dr. Linus Chuang (U.S) who have put so much effort and time to impart us with knowledge and skills during fellowship training. I am grateful to Prof. Kathleen Schmeler, Dr. Thomas Randall, Dr. Joseph Ng, Mary Eiken, and Susan Ralph – IGCS leadership team for extensive support required during program. I am beholden by the hospitality and experiences shared by Consultants, fellow colleagues and staffs of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, U.K and TATA Medical Center, Kolkata, India during my international site posting. I will always cherish the moment shared with our Multidisciplinary team of Civil Service Hospital, Nepal, national and International faculties during discussions/ tumor boards regarding management of cancer patients. The bond we share will always remain for welfare of gynecologic cancer patients. I would like to thank all departments of Civil Service Hospital, Clinical Oncology department of (National Academy of Medical Science) Bir Hospital, Kathmandu Cancer Center and National Cancer hospital for their support and encouragement for the fellowship program. In every step of my life, I praise my family for being my backbone. In addition, I am grateful to all patients for their trust and faith in us and also teaching us to never lose hope in life, just keep on believing.

I am excited to set up gynecologic oncology services at large for welfare of women’s health with your guidance and support. I am planning to implement cancer prevention strategies, improve the capacity to make accurate cancer diagnosis, enhance provision of treatment (including palliative care) and research.”


Sentiments of Congratulations from the Mentors and Supervisors

Dr. Rahel Ghebre – International Mentor for Drs. Bethel Dereje and Dawit Worku
“I am honored to officially welcome Drs. Bethel Dereje and Dawit Kassa into this great profession of gynecologic oncology. I have witnessed their dedication and fortitude in the daily struggle to care for the many women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers in Ethiopia; providing cancer care in a limited resource setting requires knowledge, skill, and courage. The IGCS global fellowship program provided them the opportunity for training and the credit goes to both graduating fellows and their local mentors for successfully completing the program. I thank them and our colleagues in Ethiopia for the honor to be part of their training.”

Dr. Carolyn Johnston- International Mentor for Drs. Bethel Dereje and Dawit Worku
“I am humbled and pleased to have been a part of Bethel’s and Dawit’s IGCS gynecologic oncology fellowship training. Their energy and enthusiasm for knowledge and skill acquisition is fun. The women of Ethiopia are fortunate to have their help. Congratulations to them and their local mentors for their successes.”

Dr. Rene Pareja – International Mentor for Dr. Erick Estrada
“Congrats Erick! Thank you so much to those that made this possible. IGCS administrative staff, Susan, Tom, Al, Kathleen, Linus, Mary, Julio, end the rest of the team that everyday work so hard in order to improve the quality of care we give to underserved women. I am really proud on being part of Global Curriculum. Happy to belong to IGCS Family!!”

Dr. Julio Lau de la Vega – Local Mentor for Dr. Erick Estrada
“Since I met Erick as a medical student, he has been an example of dedication and perseverance. He is a model for the next generation of gynecologist. I so proud that he completed the IGCS gynecologic oncology program, he will be a leader in my country against women’s cancer.”


Dr. Tri Dinh (USA) – International Mentor for Dr. Quynh Tran
“Quynh is now the first graduate of the only gyn oncology fellowship in SE Asia. This is the culmination of 3 years of hard work on Quynh’s part and dedication on the part of her mentors (both inside and outside of Vietnam), the IGCS staff, and all the participants on the Da Nang tumor board. My thanks to all of you and I am grateful to Quynh to take on this great journey with us. This coming weekend is the Lunar New Year or “Tet” in Vietnam. This is a great present for us all.”

Dr. Tu Quy Tran – local Mentor for Dr. Quynh Tran
“On behalf of our hospital, I would like to say Thank you to all members of IGCS that gives us the opportunities to enhance our practical’s on gynecologic oncology. Also, we are thankful to Drs. Linda, Tri and Joe who always support and teach Quynh how to do the right things in her journey. Hopefully, we can continue this training program in the future with Ngoc and other fellows in Danang as strong as we expected.”

Dr. Joseph Ng -International Mentor for Dr. Quynh Tran
“Dr Quynh TRAN was the very first fellow in the IGCS Global Curriculum in Gyn Oncology Training program. The program itself was part of a pilot of 5 global sites and the only one in Asia when we started Dr TRAN’s training journey. Personally, reflecting on this momentous occasion of the successful graduation of the IGCS Global Curriculum at Danang’s first fellow and now newly minted global Gynecologic oncologist, I am struck by how interconnected all of us are. We are connected by our humanity, by our need to salve hurt in sickness, by our hope in effort, by our need to strive to do better. I am also reminded of just how Quynh embodies all these humane qualities and how the program has helped her develop these qualities in the service of the women living with cancer in Central Vietnam.”

Dr. Linus Chuang – International Mentor for Dr. Saujanya Karmacharya
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Pariya and Mukhopadhyay mentoring Dr. Karmacharya throughout her two years of training. It is great to witness her blossoming into a trained gynecologic oncologist.”

Dr. Jitendra Pariyar -Local Mentor for Dr. Saujanya Karmacharya
Huge congratulations to Dr. Saujanya on her achievement: successful completion of the IGCS Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship as the first fellow from Nepal. It is indeed a happy and a moment of pride for all of us. On behalf of Nepal Site, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Asima and Prof. Linus for their mentorship and guardianship to us all. Their kind guidance, support and dedicated teachings to our fellows are reflected in our fellows’ performance and Dr. Saujanya’s present result. Thank you Prof. Kathleen, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Joseph – IGCS leadership team for offering the much needed gynecologic oncology fellowship program to Nepal. The program aimed to to provide training opportunities in gynecologic oncology has also helped in upgrading our oncology services. With your continuous support we wish to carry on program for better service of the needy women suffering from gynecologic cancers as envisioned by IGCS. Thank you Susan and Mary for your support and assistance. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all the national and international faculties for their support and valuable contribution to our program and training of our fellows!

Dr. Asima Mukhopadhyay – International Mentor for Dr. Saujanya Karmacharya
“I am very proud to be associated with this great education program initiative. Congratulations to Saujanya and local mentor Jitendra and the entire Nepal team for excelling in their effort to make this a success. I sincerely hope that IGCS training curriculum can be followed in many other regional cancer centres where formal training program for Gyn Oncology is not established.”

COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19 Resources & Reading

The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery is conducting a CovidSurg Cancer Study to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on care of Cancer Patients requiring surgery. Learn more about the inclusion criteria. 

IGCS is making available a list of materials and resources related to the COVID-19 emergency, but no content provided at these links is either proprietory of or endorsed by IGCS.

Latin America Webinar 2020

Recorded Sábado, Diciembre 5, 2020
A recording of this webinar is available to IGCS Members in the Education Portal.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the current status of surgical options in ovarian cancer.
  • To update the current indications of Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in cervical cancer.


Clemente Arab, MD
Instituto Oncológico FALP

Magaly Malca, MD
Hospital Edgardo Rebagliati Martins


Ovarian Cancer

Pedro Ramirez, MD 
The University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center

What is new in surgical treatment of ovarian cancer


Reitan Ribeiro, MD
Erasto Gaertner Hospital

… What if TRUST trial has a positive result?


Alejandro Rauh-Hain, MD
The University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center

… What if TRUST trial has a negative result?


Cervix Cancer

Myriam Perrotta, MD 
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires

Impact of the HPV vaccination on cervical cancer mortality


Juliana Rodriguez, MD
Instituto Nacional de Cancerología

Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in pregnant women with cervical cancer


Fabio Martinelli, MD 
Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori

Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in cervical cancer state-of-the-art


René Pareja, MD
Instituto Nacional de Cancerología-Bogota; Clínica de Oncología Astorga-Medellín

Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy and fertility preservation in cervical cancer


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Education Highlight: Pathology Corner Resources

Education Highlight: New Pathology Corner Resources

Login to the IGCS Education Portal to access new resources recently uploaded in the Pathology Corner:

  • WHO Classifications of Female Genital Tumors – 5th Edition Update
    • Download comprehensive summaries of the 5th edition update of the WHO Blue Books created by members of the IGCS Pathology Work Group for cervix, ovary, uterine, vulvar, and vaginal cancers.
  • Literature Highlights: Four new articles have been uploaded in addition to the summaries of papers from ISGyP’s Endometrial Carcinoma Project published in the International Journal of Gynecological Pathology.
    • Uterine Endometrial Stromal Tumors with Limited Infiltration: First Report of a Case Series Indicating Potential for Malignant Behavior
    • Practical Guidance for Measuring and Reporting Surgical Margins in Vulvar Cancer
    • Molecular Subtypes of Clear Cell Carcinoma if the Endometrium: Opportunities for Prognostic and Predictive Stratification
    • Mismatch Repair Deficiency and Prognostic Significance in Patients with Low-Risk Endometrioid Endometrial Cancers
  • Interesting Cases: Two case reviews are now available with images and descriptions diagnosing:
    • Struma Ovarii
    • Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Arising in Mature Cystic Teratoma

While you are exploring the Pathology Corner, make sure to view the educational lectures, download the terms & definitions of commonly used IHC stains in gynecologic oncology and please feel free to send an email to to submit your pathology-related questions to the IGCS Pathology Work Group members.

Under the direction of Anna Plotkin, Pathology Work Group Lead, and with significant contributions from our Strategic Alliance Partner Members at the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists (ISGyP), the corner was created to streamline pathology related education curated specifically for gynecologic oncologists. We would like to acknowledge and express gratitude to our work group members for their efforts: Anna Plotkin, Work Group Lead (Canada), Blake Gilks (Canada), Siobhan O’Connor (USA), Joseph Rabban (USA), Adrian Suarez (USA), Gulisa Turashvili (Canada), and Rachael van der Griend (New Zealand) and all the contributors who have agreed to share content.

We hope you enjoy the new educational content in the Pathology Corner of the IGCS Member Education Portal!


2021 Membership Renewal

It’s that time of year! If your membership is set to expire on December 31st, please make sure to renew so that we may continue to serve you in 2021.

On behalf of the IGCS leadership, I want to thank all of you in advance for paying your 2021 membership dues. We know you have other organizations that you belong to and IGCS is very grateful for your willingness to continue your membership with us. Dues allow organizations, like IGCS, to fund important programs that are essential to you, our members, and for you to take advantage of the many member benefits offered.

IGCS, being a member driven organization, relies on the members to support us in many ways – including renewing your membership.

Please sign in to your member account and submit your membership dues for 2021 or pay in advance up to three years. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the IGCS Membership Manager, Cathy Fearing at

As always, we thank you for your continued dedication. We look forward to serving you for another year!

Mary Eiken, MS

2021 IJGC Editorial Fellowship

IJGC Editorial Fellowships

The Editorial Team at the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer is offering a 4-month Editorial Internship from February-May 2021 for all those interested in learning about the processing of manuscript submission, peer-review analysis, revisions, and ultimately production and publication, as well as journal management and strategy.

This experience will match the Editorial Fellow with the Editor-in-Chief, and together they will work to assure for a very positive and productive learning experience.

We look forward to working on this very exciting project.

Fellowship Objectives

During their appointment, fellows will gain experience in peer review processing, proposal/manuscript development, medical journal production, working with authors, editorial board management, and implementing a strategic vision plan. The objectives of the project are:

  • Increase interest in “editorial” and other publication-related activities for trainees and fellows
  • Increase understanding and participation in the IJGC review process
  • Tighten the relationship between the “new” generation of gynecological oncologists and more experienced generations
  • Increase the visibility of IJGC among younger gynecological oncologists

Fellowship activities

The Fellows will participate in manuscript decisions, strategic planning for the journal, editorial team conference calls, and journal’s annual meeting. In addition, the fellow will work on special projects based on personal areas of interest and the needs of the IJGC and Editor-in-Chief expectations. Fellows will develop the skills to further their own research careers and effect change in the quality of medical research. Examples of activities undertaken during the Fellowship might include the following:

  • Serve as Editorial Fellow for 4 months.
  • Peer review of manuscripts and consult with the Editor-in-Chief on peer review
  • Learn how electronic manuscript review systems work
  • Be involved in the final decision of selected manuscripts together with the Editor-in-Chief
  • Participate in monthly Associate Editors telephone conference calls
  • Participate in all meetings of the Editors during the annual meetings of IJGC as per candidate’s availability
  • Recruit trainees as reviewers as determined by the Editor-in-Chief
  • Develop on-line initiatives (depending on the needs)
  • Prepare and participate in IJGC’s monthly Twitter Journal Club
  • Assist the Social Media Editor with promotion of the journal through Facebook and Twitter, including posting from the @IJGCfellows Twitter account
  • Assist with developing content by identifying potential authors and topics for invited articles, such as Review Articles, Clinical Trials, Corners of the World, and Podcasts
  • Final report to the Editor-in-Chief demonstrate what was learned during the program


The IJGC Editorial Fellowship is designed for a junior faculty or fellow who wishes to build skills and gain experience through active participation in the IJGC editorial team.

Candidates must have documented interest in gynecologic oncology, such as:

  • fellowship/residency in oncological gynecology, radiotherapy or medical oncology (completed or in progress)
  • work in an oncology center
  • documented publishing experience
  • involvement in IGCS, IGCS Early Career Network, ESGO, or ENYGO activities is an advantage


To apply, candidate should send:

  • CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Letter of interest (one page, please be as specific as possible in detailing the reason for interest in the Editorial Fellowship and how it would benefit to you)
  • Letter of recommendation from the Head of the Department or from an ESGO or IGCS Member with a statement of protected time for the performance of the fellowship functions
  • List of publications or performed reviews
  • Proof of proficiency in English is absolutely necessary

Applications should be sent to with the subject line “IJGC Editorial Fellowship Application.”

Application timeline:

Applications will close on December 1, 2020.  Interviews will be held between December 7, 2020 and December 18, 2020.  Fellows will be selected by January 4, 2021.

Selection process:

The Editor-in-Chief evaluate the applications and select 4 individuals to become Fellows. The decision is final without right of appeal.

IGCS 2020 Feedback Survey

The 2020 IGCS Annual Global Meeting was a great success with nearly 2,000 registered delegates. We are so proud that our digital platform allowed nearly 200 speakers to share their research and expertise reaching the gynecologic cancer community worldwide.

We are extremely grateful to our technology partners at iCrossing, Inc. for their hard work and dedication in developing the Meeting Portal and their support to our staff, speakers and delegates throughout the duration of the meeting. We could not have done it without them.

Here is some important post-meeting information for the delegates. Delegate who have questions or need assistance regarding the meeting, please send an email to

Feedback Survey

We would love to hear from you about your experience with the xDigital platform, the value of the science and educational sessions, and your thoughts on the other features that were available to you throughout the meeting. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the brief survey!

Claim Continuing Medical Education Credits

The deadline to request a CME certificate has passed. E-mail: for assistance with CME. Read more about CME Accreditation here. 

Certificate of Attendance

A certificate of attendance was emailed to all delegates on September 17th from

Session Recordings

The Meeting Portal has closed but session recordings will be made available to IGCS 2020 delegates on in the near future.