In 2019, the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM) created the Mujeres por la Oncología Working Group (SEOM’s W4O) to establish a meeting point and share initiatives that contribute to improve professional development, regardless of gender, in line with what has been developed by ESMO and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
Governing body and members
The working group is created under the umbrella of SEOM, the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology.
Coordinator:Pilar Garrido López
Working group members: Francisco Ayala de la Peña, Elena Élez Fernández, Rosario García Campelo, Rocio García-Carbonero, Regina Gironés Sarrió, Aránzazu González del Alba, Encarnación González Flores, Julia Hidalgo Coloma, Dolores Isla Casado, Margarita Majem Tarruella, Álvaro Rodríguez-Lescure, Mª José Safont Aguilera, Ana Santaballa Bertrán, Ruth Vera García
Affiliated members: 45
SEOM’s W4O organises:
- a survey was run among SEOM members to find out their perceptions about possible gender inequalities and it determined, among other conclusions, that equal opportunity initiatives are needed to support the development and recognition of women's academic careers. The results were published in the article “Gender influence on work satisfaction and leadership for medical oncologists: a survey of the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM)” in ESMO Open.
- Analysis to explore what activities promoting gender balance are carried out in Spain by Scientific Societies and the Pharmaceutical Industry, and to raise awareness about the importance of having a gender vision when launching any initiative (scientific study, meeting, congress etc).