With the waning days of summer we are pleased to present you with the summer MSTS newsletter. The Executive Committeenhas been busy on multiple fronts. The volunteerism by the membership has never been greater. I am so impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment that members continually demonstrate to steward our mission and improve our field. The dedication is inspiring. I would like to recognize Kerri Mink who has assumed the responsibility of managing our Society. She has transitioned smoothly and we are grateful for her quick learn! Amy Sherwood handled the mantle with grace and expertise during the process of hiring a new manager. Thanks to you both! Of course, Deborah Meyer, has once again been our backbone in the planning of our Annual Meeting. Anna Greene has also proved invaluable in helping us with our fiduciary responsibility. We are well positioned into the future with these four at the helm. Thank you!
Specialty Day 2019 was great success thanks to Megan Anderson and Pietro Ruggieri. The input from Nick Bernthal and David King was also very much appreciated. We had a very dynamic and engaging presentation, entitled Look for the Light: Applying Space Engineering Techniques to Osteosarcoma Genomics by Theresa Beech. She demonstrated the power of harnessing personal tragedy to drive therapeutic innovation. We are very grateful to her for sharing her personal journey and time with us. Additionally,
It was inspiring to see all the amazing talent on stage and in the audience asking questions during the Challenging Case session. It was truly a great Specialty Day. Thanks to all of the participants and attendees.
As usual, our committees have been quite busy and we are very grateful for all their efforts. The Education Committee is moving on several novel fronts. They are collaborating with the Academy in building a MSTS Channel in the Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT). Raj Rajani has also been working with the Fellowship Committee to develop an orthopaedic oncology
mini traveling fellowship for fellows still in training - stay tuned. A new MSTS branded OKU is also in the works. The Research Committee has been incredibly active with Chair Francis Lee as the driving force. Please look to his report on all the tremendous activity. Sarcoma Strong, under the leadership of Matt DiCaprio, continues to help our mission
by supporting the research efforts. We cannot thank Dr. DiCaprio enough for all of his work!
The finances of the organization are in good standing. We are grateful for the stewardship of Mike Mott as Treasurer. I am pleased to announce that for the upcoming Portland meeting we have surpassed our budget, thanks to the tremendous showing of our industry partners. Please make sure to thank your local representatives and visit the booths and product theatres in Portland.
An exciting development that has been overseen by Raj Rajani and the Fellowship Committee is that starting in 2021, MSTS will oversee our own Fellowship Match process. We are grateful to the SF Match for their management over the years. We are also investigating establishing MSTS as an accreditation body for our fellowships. Again, please stay tuned.
Please do take the time to read about all the exciting developments that are being spearheaded by MSTS committees. Hopefully you will be as pleased as I am to see our organization striving to make a difference in so many ways.
Finally, Portland is almost here! We have an exciting program in store. Thanks are not enough to James Hayden and Yee-Cheen Duong for their tenacity in developing a first rate program. Our Presidential speaker will be internationally recognized bone endocrinologist
Theresa Guise, MD. We will have a trans-disciplinary symposium focusing 2on Adolescent and Young Adult sarcoma
related issues. Oregon Health Sciences University was effectively the “birthplace” of this movement in the United States. The “Teach the Teacher” session is sure to be a highlight as well. Our group dinner will feature local food, beer and wine,
in a relaxed environment, as can only be experienced in zany Portland. Look forward to seeing you all out west!