Today, with the importance of women’s health care and in particular women’s cancer care so universally acknowledged, it is hard to imagine that barely twenty years ago, gynecologic oncology as a certified subspecialty did not exist in Canada.
Its recognition in 1989 by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the ongoing development of practice guidelines, training standards and research goals in this key area of women’s cancer care, is in large part due to the tireless work of the members of GOC, the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada.
In 2005, GOC celebrated its silver anniversary. Only 30 short, eventful and some would say embattled years after its formal incorporation in 1980, GOC now represents the only national forum and gathering point for all specialists trained in treating gynecological cancer.
GOC has more than 200 members. Its membership comprises gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurses, scientists, pharmacists, other allied health professionals, fellows-in-training and residents.
GOC is governed by an elected Board of 12 members including the President, President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Immediate Past-President, four Members-at-Large as well as the chairs of the AGM Programme Planning Committee, Bylaws Committee, CPD Programme Planning Committee, Membership Committee, Nominating Committee, the Task Force on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control and the GOC/SOGC/SCC Policy and Practice Guidelines Committee. There are currently four standing committees and three other committees:
AGM Program Planning Committee
Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee
CPD Program Planning Committee
Gynecologic Oncology Nursing Professional Practice Committee (GONPPC)