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Posts by Topic: Leadership

July 9, 2020
Lack of Diversity in Radiation Oncology is Not Simply a 'Pipeline Problem'

If you look at the top 20 specialties, radiation oncology ranks at the bottom with respect to women and minorities, so we need to figure out what we are not doing a good enough job at, recruiting these folks that are going into other specialties,” said Dr. Curtiland Deville, clinical director of Radiation Oncology at Sibley Memorial Hospital and associate professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Tags: Diversity, Leadership, Staffing
July 2, 2020
Reduce Stress & Burnout and Build Resilience

“The greatest ability we have as humans is the ability to see beyond our circumstances. It’s about the choices we can make, the choices we need to make now are the in order to move into growth mode in everything you do.” Dr. Peart

Tags: Leadership
June 24, 2020
Strategies for Diversifying the Radiation Oncologist Workforce

This blog post sources its content from “Diversity Matters”, an article published in SROA’s quarterly news publication Radiation Oncology News for Administrators in April 2020.


Published studies and statistics show that cancer patients from underrepresented populations tend to have poorer health outcomes. According to a 2017 ASCO Post article, “In oncology, just 2% of the physician workforce self-identifies as black/African American and 3% as Hispanic/Latino. In addition, the proportion of black/African American and Hispanic/Latino oncology fellows is consistently lower than many other fellowships in subspecialties in internal medicine.”

By Tammy McCausland
Tags: Diversity, Leadership
June 17, 2020
COVID-19 and Radiation Oncology Q&A

SROA recently hosted a COVID-19 Q&A webinar session with four Board members. The members discussed what their facilities are doing to manage the CDC guidelines and the changing dynamic of the COVID-19 pandemic. All questions asked during the webinar were from SROA members. 

By Melissa Kauffman
Tags: Leadership, Staffing, Technology, Diversity
June 12, 2020
Radiation Therapy Staffing

According to SROA’s 2018 Benchmarking Survey, the highest and lowest reported salaries for licensed radiation therapists was $93,600 and $65,094, respectively, with median bonuses of $2,000 and $900, respectively. Administrators reported that bonuses were not typical. SROA encourages member administrators to participate in the 2020 Biennial Benchmarking Survey.

By Tammy McCausland
Tags: Staffing, Leadership
May 20, 2020
Sarah Lombardi Quality & Safety in Radiation Oncology

Sarah Lombardi is the Regional Quality Safety Coordinator for the Department of Radiation Oncology and Yale New Haven Hospital. Lombardi shares with SROA a more in-depth look at the importance of a quality and safety coordinator in radiation oncology.

By Mel Kauffman
Tags: Leadership, Quality and Safety
May 13, 2020
Getting Organized to Get Things Done

Do you ever feel like there is too much to do and not enough hours in the day?

I do. I bet most of us do. If you’re anything like me, you’re juggling projects at work and at home. As the work piles up, you can feel paralyzed. Take this blog post, for instance –– I promised to complete it an embarrassingly long time ago. On top of that, it’s based on David Allen’s book, The Art of Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

By Shannon Sperati
Tags: Leadership
May 6, 2020
Radiation Oncology Career Growth Starts with a Conversation

Job satisfaction is important because it helps us have a healthy attitude that permeates all areas of our life. One was to ensure job satisfaction is having an honest conversation about career development with your manager. A good manager is willing to act as a mentor and help foster your career growth. 

By Brenda Marie Palo
Tags: Leadership, Early Career, Mentoring
April 30, 2020
Small Steps to Tackle Workplace Burnout

"There's only really 13% of the workplace, the global workforce that is engaged and happy at work." We spoke with Jennifer Moss in a recent podcast interview for SROA SoundBoard, regarding workplace Burnout Within and Beyond the Pandemic.

By Melissa Kauffman
Tags: Leadership
April 15, 2020
Tips to Help You Reduce Nursing Turnover

A recent article* published in Radiation Oncology News for Administrators offers suggestions on how to fix a nursing turnover problem.

By Tammy McCausland
Tags: Leadership, Staffing, Nursing