The International Development and Education Awards (IDEA) were established to connect young oncologists in low- and middle-income countries (LMCs) with oncology leaders based in Canada and the United States to establish mentoring relationships. The award includes attendance at the ASCO Annual Meeting and a post-meeting visit to the Mentor's institution, with the aim of developing a long-term, knowledge-sharing relationship to improve cancer care in the Mentee's home country. The International Development and Education Award in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC) provides this same opportunity for early-career oncologists with a specific interest in palliative medicine. Since 2002, Conquer Cancer has awarded more than 370 IDEA and IDEA-PC awards to recipients in 66 countries.
The objectives of the IDEA program are to:
The IDEA program is evaluated via surveys administered to awardees and their mentors one-month after the Annual Meeting of their award year, as well as follow-up surveys sent to recipients one and five years after their award. Among other outcomes:
The full report for the 2019 award cycle is included in the Global Oncology Interest Group library and at the bottom of this post. For more information about the IDEA program, please contact IDEA@asco.org.