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Discover the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists



Our Mission

The Canadian Associat ion of Medical Oncologists [camo (], a national specialty society of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, will contribute to cancer control through research, education, and clinical practice in prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, supportive care, palliative care, and rehabilitation.

The Association is committed to achieving and maintaining, among its members, excellence in clinical and scholarly activity, within a culture of compassion and respect for human dignity.


  • ■ Serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues of common interest to medical oncologists in Canada.

  • ■ Support the continuing education and maintenance of competence of its members.

  • ■ Promote postgraduate clinical and research training in the discipline of medical oncology.

  • ■ Advocate for appropriate medical oncology content in the curricula of medical schools and other health care training organizations.

  • ■ Provide a national forum at which trainees in medical oncology can present their research results.

  • ■ Advocate with the federal and provincial governments and other agencies, as appropriate, on the need for health human resources to provide systemic therapy services.

  • ■ Advocate on behalf of patients with cancer requiring systemic therapy.



CAMO/Rx&D Research Fellowship Program

Chair: Dr. Sukhbinder Dhesy-Thind

The CAMO/Rx&D Research Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for individuals who have completed their medical oncology training in Canada to have additional clinical and fundamental (basic) research experience. It is expected that this targeted investment will build Canadian capacity and expertise in the area of oncology and will promote excellence in research through training awards.

Congratulations to Dr. Erica Tsang, 2020 CAMO Fellowship Recipient, for her project “Circulating Tumor DNA and Metabolic Imaging in Resectable and Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (DIRECT-PDAC).”

Past CAMO/Rx&D Research Fellowship Program recipients


Annual Scientific Meeting

The Association’s Annual Scientific Meeting is an excellent opportunity for medical oncologists from across Canada to meet in an atmosphere conducive for medical, scientific, and social networking, and to learn about new aspects of tumour biology, diagnosis, and treatment.

Attend the 2020 camo Annual Scientific Meeting on 30 April 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, whose theme is “I Want a New Drug—Navigating Newly Approved and Unfunded Treatment Options for Canadian Oncology Patients.”

Themes of past CAMO Annual Scientific Meetings


Continuing Professional Development

Chair: Dr. Ghazaleh Kazemi

The Association is now an accredited provider under the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It will provide continuing professional development and will accredit and co-develop group learning events and self-assessment programs with other physician and non-physician organizations.

The Continuing Professional Development Accreditation Committee is responsible for maintaining the accreditation status of camo and for accrediting group learning events and self-assessment programs.

Applications for Section 1, Section 3 (Self-Assessment Programs), and Section 3 (Simulation-Based Activities) accreditation are based on whether an organization is a physician or non-physician organization.

More information? Contact Alexi at

Pioneers in Oncology Award

The Pioneers in Oncology Award is given annually to a retired camo clinician or researcher who has made a significant contribution to the field of oncology in Canada. The Award was first introduced in 2005. The 2020 recipient is Dr. Peter Venner, who will receive the award on Thursday, 30 April 2020, during the camo Annual Scientific Meeting.

Recent Pioneers in Oncology Award recipients



  • ■ Human Resources Committee—Chair, Dr. Desiree Hao

  • ■ Communication Committee—Chair, Dr. Sharlene Gill

  • ■ Membership Committee—Chair, Dr. Hal Hirte

  • ■ Continuing Professional Development Committee— Chair, Dr. Ghazaleh Kazemi


Why Should You Become a CAMO Member?

  • ■ Investment in your career and support for your profession

  • ■ Reduced camo Annual Scientific Meeting registration fee

  • ■ Reciprocal membership with European Society for Medical Oncology

  • ■ Eligibility for a European Society for Medical Oncology membership at a reduced annual fee of €130—a savings of €45 over the usual €175 fee

  • ■ 15% Discount on publication fees with Current Oncology

  • ■ Opportunities to participate in key camo committees

  • ■ Support for the CAMO/Rx&D Research Fellowship Program

  • ■ Network of professional (and social!) contacts

  • ■ Maintaining support of the Royal College training program in Medical Oncology through representation on specialty committees

  • ■ Continuing professional development that fulfils the Royal College Maintenance of Certification Program

How Can I Become a CAMO Member?

The Association offers various membership and associate opportunities, including free membership for residents and fellows in Medical Oncology. For more information, visit

Apply by 1 May 2020 and receive 15% off your first-year membership dues (promo code CO_Spring2020, new members only). Contact the camo office to apply the code.

Already a Member?

Consider referring a new member! The Member Referral Campaign is our way of saying thank you for sharing the value of membership with your colleagues. Members will receive 1 free year of membership dues for every 3 dues-paying members they refer to camo from 1 January to 31 December 2020.


Correspondence to: Alexi Campbell, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists, 1309 Carling Avenue, PO Box 35164, Westgate, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 1A2. E-mail:

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Current Oncology, VOLUME 27, NUMBER 1, February 2020

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ISSN: 1198-0052 (Print) ISSN: 1718-7729 (Online)