To promote the utilization of
Physician Assistants in the delivery
of exceptional care to people with cancer and related disorders
APAO Needs YOU!
The strength and future of the APAO depends upon dedicated members!
Please consider volunteering your time and talents to APAO projects, efforts, or committees! You can make a difference with APAO while building your network of contacts, strengthening your resume and qualifications, and helping to promote the oncology PA profession and ultimately improving patient care.
Would you please consider joining our APAO volunteer workforce?
CLICK HERE for more information on getting involved!
Congratulation to the 2015 APAO Scholarship Winner!
Maria Gargano grew up in Connecticut and attended Providence College where she studied Biology. Maria was first exposed to the field of oncology during the summer of 2006 as an undergraduate. She interned at the Yale Cancer Center conducting lab research on breast cancer cell lines. It was not until she shadowed in clinic that she felt a calling to care for oncology patients. Upon graduating from Providence College, Maria continued to work in oncology as a Research Coordinator and Clinical Research Manager at the Melanoma Disease Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During her five years at DFCI, Maria managed numerous complex multi-center Phase I and Phase II trials. There she co-authored three publications on melanoma therapy, as well as participated in the development of several American Society of Clinical Oncology abstracts and data presentations. Maria stated, “My experience with oncology patients has inspired and shaped my life in many ways, but none more significant than motivating me to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant.” Most recently, Maria has applied and been accepted to perform her final elective PA Program rotation at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This experience will enable her to further learn and apply her newfound knowledge and skills as a future oncology PA. After graduating PA school, she hopes to return to DFCI and push forward the role of PAs in Oncology through research and patient care.
The Focus Under Forty™ Curriculum
Each year, more than 70,000 adolescents and young adults are diagnosed with cancer. Get tips and tools on how to address the specific needs of this patient population, which often get overlooked.
APAO has partnered with Livestrong and ASCO University® to bring you this series of free, CME-accredited, eLearning activities aimed specifically at caring for patients between the ages of 15-39.
Curriculum Includes Courses on:
Diagnosis & Treatment
Role of the Primary Care Physician in Cancer Care
Fertility Preservation Issues in Females
Fertility Preservation Issues in Males
For more information, please click here.
For more information about other collaborative efforts with ASCO, please click here.
Become an APAO Volunteer
The following committees represent some key initiatives in helping APAO expand our membership, increase our services, and reach our goals.
Professional Practice Network (Hospital/ Academic Center and Community Oncology Network)
National Advocacy and Legislation
Student Outreach and Scholarship
Would you please consider joining our APAO volunteer workforce? Click here for more information.
Other volunteer opportunities may include serving as an APAO liaison to other oncology groups. If you are interested in volunteering in any of the above committees, or even other areas not listed, please contact us, or contact the APAO committee chair.
We look forward to your participation and continued involvement with the APAO!
Evgeny Mikler, PA-C
APAO President 2014 - 2015