By Tammy McCausland
Q: Why did you decide to run for emerging professional member at large?
A: I decided to run for the board because I’m passionate about radiation oncology. Previously, I was at a teaching institution, and I felt joining the SROA board would be a great way to network and have in-depth conversations about what’s coming in our field. I’ve always enjoyed the teaching aspect of things, and I feel like I could be more involved and hopefully use my skills as well.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish during your tenure?
A: I hope to gain a lot of networking and learning from more seasoned leaders than myself as far as just knowing things that come with years of experience.
Q: How long have you been a member?
A: This is my first year as an SROA member. I was referred by one of the physicians that worked with the president at one point.
Q: How have you benefited from being a member of SROA?
A: Staying engaged and reading the articles and what other leaders are questioning, which aligns with a lot of the things that I question, as well. It’s good to see other people’s perspectives on things, and I like that I can go on SROA Connect and see what other people are posting. I also like being able to do some of the webinars and have the benefit of getting some continuing education credits. A lot of institutions are cutting educational funds, so it’s good to have a non-traditional way of acquiring those.
Q: What do you see as the most pressing issues for SROA and for the field of radiation oncology?
A: I think health care as a whole is facing a lot of unknowns. We’re trying to manage through that while encouraging our staff, staying viable fiscally and understanding how we can be good stewards of the funds that we do have.
Q: What are you most excited about?
A: Some of the people on the board have years of experience in radiation oncology, and I think that’s what will prove beneficial. Hopefully they can share some insights about things as I’m addressing them, and I can lean on their leadership about historical things they have gone through, as well.
Q: Do you have any final thoughts?
A: I’m grateful for the opportunity. I’m excited about diving in and also sharing some of my skills that I’ve obtained. Even though I’m a newer leader, I think that I’ve really done a lot of teaching throughout my years as a clinical instructor and also working on a vast amount of capital projects.
How long have you been an SROA member?