Society of Gynecologic Oncologists Releases ‘Gynecologic Oncology 2010: State of the Subspecialty’ Survey Results

May 18, 2010

Updated Survey Data Offers Insights into Practice Patterns, Compensation and Demographics of Gynecologic Oncologists and the State of Women’s Cancer Care

CHICAGO, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), the country’s leading organization of board certified women’s cancer specialists, has just released the results of a member-based, demographic and practice survey: “Gynecologic Oncology 2010: State of the Subspecialty.” The comprehensive survey takes an in-depth look at specific aspects of a gynecologic oncology, including changes in practice characteristics and patterns, workload activities, liability, revenues, expenses and financials in today’s current environment from that of five years ago.

“This is the most inclusive snapshot of the gynecologic oncology profession available,” explains SGO Practice Survey Task Force Chairman James Orr, M.D. “The information in this report is a useful tool not only to current, practicing gynecologic oncologists with regard to how their practice composition relates to their peers, but also has important implications for individuals considering a career in this subspecialty, medical schools interested in creating a specialty program and hospitals and health systems investigating the addition of specialized cancer care to their women’s healthcare programs.”

Highlights from the survey include:

  • A movement in the profession to younger-aged practitioners and a larger number of women entering the specialty;
  • A shift away from private practice as the primary practice setting into salaried positions and an increase in group or multi-specialty practice from individual practice;
  • An increase in the number of medical assistants, nurse practitioners and physician assistants employed in gynecologic oncology practices;
  • A continued dedication to providing chemotherapy services to patients regardless of the changes in reimbursement rates, as well as the continuation of enrollment of patients into cooperative studies versus the more revenue neutral or positive industry-sponsored trials;
  • The positive effect of caps on non-economic and total damages on the cost of medical liability/malpractice insurance; and the
  • An overall willingness of gynecologic oncologists to accept/treat women with a gynecologic cancer without knowledge of insurance coverage and the preponderance of Medicare and Medicaid patients seen in a practice, versus private insurance.

“The ability to compare and contrast the subspecialty’s current climate with that of five years ago gives our profession a concrete idea to the trends in women’s cancer care,” concludes SGO President, Daniel Clarke-Pearson, M.D. “The study’s findings offer a real indication of practice workforce needs, what is required of today’s gynecologic oncologist, and a road map for where the profession is heading in the future.”

The SGO is a national medical specialty organization of physicians who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract. Its purpose is to improve the care of women with gynecologic cancer by encouraging research, disseminating knowledge which will raise the standards of practice in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies, and cooperating with other organizations interested in women’s health care, oncology and related fields. The Society’s membership, totaling more than 1,300, is primarily comprised of gynecologic oncologists, as well as other related medical specialists including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists. SGO members provide multidisciplinary cancer treatment including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and supportive care. More information on the SGO can be found at www.sgo.org.

    For more information, please contact:
    Susan Morris
    Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
    Phone: 312/235-4060 x244
    Fax: 312/235-4059
    Email: susan.morris@sgo.org

SOURCE Society of Gynecologic Oncologists

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