For the first time, the American Societyof
Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is hosting a virtual meeting in conjunction
with its 35th annual meeting (being held May 15-18, 1999, in Atlanta,
Georgia). The virtual meeting will bring the latest developments in
clinical cancer research to the Internet community and will be
accessible through ASCOs web site (www.asco.org).
It will highlight key presentations, summaries of research findings,
on-site exhibits, and other resources available at the meeting.
We are extremely pleased that we can offer on-line access to
our annual meeting this year, said Allen Lichter, MD, president
of ASCO. The Internet is a valuable tool and were using
the technology to enhance the oncology communitys knowledge and
understanding of the latest developments in cancer treatment and
research. We also hope that people living with cancer, their family
members, and others will take advantage of this opportunity to access
our annual meeting as well.
On-Line Sessions Earn CME Credit
Audio clips and digitized slides from top scientific and educational
sessions will be available through the virtual meeting soon after
they are presented. Physicians will also be able to attend
these on-line sessions and earn CME credit for a full year after the
meeting. Other features of the virtual meeting include a virtual
poster hall, where on-line attendees can browse through more than 800
poster presentations, and an on-line map of the exhibit hall that
includes a guide to a variety of exhibitors. Immediately after the
meeting, all of the nearly 2,500 scientific abstracts will be posted on-line.
This is an important step for the oncology community,
said John Durant, md, executive vice president of ASCO. Making
the information from our annual meeting available in
real-time gets breaking news and critical information to
oncologists and their patients more quickly, leading to improved
quality of cancer care.
Registration is not required to access ASCOs virtual meeting.