Having dedicated 27 years to the practice of Oncology Social Work, I have had the privilege of observing the growth and development of this Subspecialty within Medical Social Work. I have witness the Social Work professional values come to life while advocating for the provision of integrated patient-center care to cancer patients and their care-givers. This has been achieved through: best practices in psychosocial care, taking leadership roles in developing patient care programs, and promoting research in the field of Oncology Social Work.
Such remarkable accomplishments are a result of committed professionals coming together with a common goal. For health care professionals, this goal resides in the provision of quality and compassionate care to our patients. However, this can only be done with standards of practice for excellence, education on evidence-based best practices, and supporting one another.
All this reflects the mission and goals of FSOSW. This organization has open the path for others to follow, while integrating Oncology Social Work as a distinct and indispensable specialty in the provision of quality psychosocial oncology care. At the same time, since it is local, it has been able to provide meaningful support for Floridian Oncology Social Workers that practice within an environment full of diversity and local challenges.
Therefore, as I receive the responsibility to lead our organization as President, I cannot be but humbled before my colleagues and God for this privilege and for your trust. Let’s continue moving forward together.
Rosa M. Caiseda