The Society for Women in Radiation Oncology continues to grow and succeed thanks to the hard work of our committees, you can find out more about what each one of our committees represents and what we aim to achieve.
If you're interested in getting involved, join one of our subcommittees by clicking below and submitting a form!
Mentorship is available for those who are completing or have completed medical or physics residency in radiation oncology and those students interested in pursuing a career in this field.
Through our mentorship program, you can both request a mentor and/or sign up to serve as a mentor in your desired area of interest.
Become a SWRO member to access more information on our mentorship page!
Sub-committee members will help work to increase outreach mentorship opportunities including helping to organize virtual workshops and collect data on pairings with publication opportunities. Members will have the chance to voice their ideas and help build a strong network of support for women and gender minorities in this field.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee promotes and advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within SWRO and provides guidance on messaging and outreach collaborations and advocacy efforts to improve the inclusion, recruitment, and retention of underrepresented peoples and communities within the field of radiation oncology.
We help to establish inclusive events aimed at promoting the principles of DEI in addition to collaborating with the EISC subcommittee of ARRO on projects that advance both of our organization’s DEI goals.
We promote DEI within SWRO and provide guidance on messaging and outreach collaborations, as well as advocacy efforts to improve the inclusion, recruitment, and retention of underrepresented communities within our field. We work with the Events and Communication Chairs to establish inclusive events to promote the principles of DEI. We also collaborate with ARRO's EISC subcommittee on projects to advance both of our organization’s DEI goals. Interested members can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out our form.
The Physics Advocacy committee works with all the committees of the organization fostering inclusivity in bringing our physics colleagues across the world on board to SWRO. The committee collaborates with the outreach committee and the DEI committee to organize virtual workshops centering on issues URMs and gender minorities face in our field aiming to provide support for all and to foster collaboration between physics and radiation oncology clinicians and colleagues.
Members will work with all the committees in SWRO to foster inclusivity in bringing our physics colleagues across the world on board. Our goal this year is to continue our WeWhoCurie campaign by having guest speakers for a one-day seminar on educating us about issues facing our LGBTQIA+ colleagues. We are looking for physicists who are interested in joining, to increase our reach to the medical physics community through mentorship, and by inviting physics guest speakers to give us an insight into the challenges they have overcome as women in the field.
The communications committee aims to increase visibility & representation by being the voice of women and gender minorities in radiation oncology.
We are the platform through which all of our initiatives get published and the connective tissue that brings the Society's goals to the eyes of the people in our field.
Our goal is to scale the support and representation of more women and more gender minorities globally.
Members will help design and distribute SWRO-related material on our website, blog, and social media. We are looking for members driven by learning new communication skills to help gender minorities have their voices heard. This year we will focus on continuing the #WeWhoCurie and #MentorshipMonday campaigns and plan to expand our presence by creating initiatives highlighting diversity and talents in our community
The founding belief of the Advocacy committee is that every person can be an advocate. Together as a committee, we seek to uplift and support all groups in medicine.
We seek to encourage structural changes in medicine through advocacy for policies that improve patient and clinician wellbeing, promote a positive and inclusive workplace, encourage diversity and recruitment to our field, and through these actions continue to strive for excellence in clinical care.
We seek members who are excited to support our missions and interface with other groups within SWRO to achieve them. This year we will focus on:
- Bringing awareness and transparency to family and medical leave policies, advocating for strategic implementation of these policies, and others that increase structural wellness and inclusion.
- Partnership with medical physicists, and outreach to medical student groups to increase awareness of radiation oncology.
Events & Outreach
The Events & Outreach Committee plans virtual and in-person events to promote the connection and collaboration of gender minorities within the field of radiation oncology. We often work with other committees and organizations to host educational webinars and workshops on topics such as the job hunt, the transition to PGY2 year and efforts to advocate for physician wellbeing and improve diversity, equity and inclusion within the field of radiation oncology.
Members will help with planning, organizing, and executing virtual events throughout the year. Members will also help to plan and host the annual ASTRO SWRO event at this year's meeting. We are looking for individuals who would be interested in creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all women and gender minorities in radiation oncology and medical physics to connect with one another!