|by Sharon J. Glazer, MPH, Editor, Academics@Baystate newsletter | July 01, 2010
The American Society of Clinical Oncology and Medical Oncology Program Directors honored Dr. Stewart, Chief, Hematology and Oncology Division, with an award for his outstanding leadership in the development of the National Medical Oncology In-Training Examination for Fellows. He was presented with a plaque at the June 2010 ASCO Fellowship Director's breakfast, where a congratulatory speech was also given by Kenneth Hande MD, Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Stewart worked with ASCO to generate enthusiasm for a national exam for Medical Oncology fellows. He chaired the test writing committee for its first 2 years and remained on the committee for 2 more years. The exam, developed in partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners, has been given for 3 years, with participation by nearly all the Medical Oncology fellowship programs. The exam provides data that allows identification of a program's strengths and weaknesses, as well as comparison to other fellows and programs throughout the US and Canada. "Building a useful tool for fellowship programs and working with so many dedicated program directors was a satisfying experience and quite simply, a great deal of fun." says Stewart.
This article was published in the July 2010 Academics@Baystate newsletter.