Dr. Carolyn Russo
Daily News: Why have you decided to attend the ASCO Quality Care Symposium?
Dr. Russo: This is my first ASCO Quality Care Symposium. I have attended other ASCO and cosponsored symposia and found them more accessible than the ASCO Annual Meeting. I recently accepted a medical director position, and ensuring high-quality care at multiple sites is an important challenge for me in this new role.
Daily News: How does the quality of care affect your day-to-day work? What type of information are you most interested in taking away from the Symposium?
Dr. Russo: It’s important for everyone to be involved in proving quality care—it’s a team effort. As a medical director and practicing clinician, I deal with quality care issues every day. I hope to learn how to incorporate uniform quality improvement across multiple physical sites, as well as how to motivate providers to enact quality improvements.
Daily News: Which sessions do you plan on attending at this year’s Symposium, and why?
Dr. Russo: I’m looking forward to attending the General Session on “What Works in Improving Cancer Care, What Doesn't Work, and Why” because this area is new to me. I am also looking forward to the General Session on “Safe Cancer Care Viewed Through the Lens of Engineers” because I am learning that cultivating relationships outside of my usual network is empowering.