As I reflect on the past three years, our society was made up of about 900 members, mostly from the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Today, IGCS has transformed into a truly global organization with over 3200 members in 115 countries across the globe.
The IGCS Council, along with our new administrative structure led by our CEO, Mary Eiken, set goals to grow our membership and balance the representation between high-, middle-, and low-income countries.
IGCS began engaging members in new ways to enhance our programs, with a focus on mentorship and training, online education, and outreach to improve the gynecologic cancer care worldwide. She guided Council to re-imagine our membership strategy, utilizing the strength of our collaborative relationships with key leaders and gynecologic oncology groups around the world.
Due to these efforts over the past three years, IGCS’s global presence has spread – especially in Latin America, Central and Eastern Asia, and Africa.
The most recent growth that has pushed us over the threshold of 3000 came from the United States, Canada, Vietnam, and Bangladesh.Much of this growth has emanated from our Strategic Alliance Partner Program in which we have formed mutually beneficial alliances with regional and international gynecologic oncology groups whose objectives are consistent and aligned with our own.
The partnerships unite us, allowing for closer dialogue, idea sharing, and a forum for information and collaboration in finding solutions to the many issues that face us all.
They also allow us to align our voices in the global arena in many ways, including our interactions with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), The World Health Organization (WHO) and others. The voice is more powerful and impactful when we stand together.
I must express my gratitude to all our partners for their willingness to join us and work together to achieve our common goals. The IGCS motto has always been “to unite the globe in the fight against gynecologic cancers.” From my perspective, we operate by this guiding principle and I am honored that our members, supporters, and partners place their trust in us to be the global voice of gynecologic cancers.
IGCS is grateful for those who have been loyal, long-standing members of the IGCS and those who are new to IGCS residing in high-income regions of the world. These members provide such a wealth of knowledge, passion and desire to make a difference. IGCS so appreciates their efforts in making all of our programs successful and impactful.
So many of you regularly reach out and ask, “How can I get involved and help?” Those who are interested in becoming involved – we can always use multidisciplinary volunteers to serve as expert contributors on Project ECHO virtual tumor board calls. Monthly video conferences are conducted with 17 different sites. If you’d like to volunteer, please complete this brief online form so we can assess your availability for the calls.
For the nonmember friends of IGCS, we hope you will consider membership in 2020. We continue to place a major focus on our expanding repertoire of membership benefits, programs, and opportunities for involvement. There truly are many reasons to be a part of the IGCS.
In closing, one thing is for certain, we would not be celebrating this membership milestone without the efforts of our dedicated team of volunteers. Leaders on the IGCS Council, committees and work groups are engaged every day and work tirelessly to improve the lives of women affected by gynecologic cancers worldwide. We have accomplished so much together already, and I look forward to the future with optimism.
Roberto Angioli, MD
2018-2020 IGCS President