I am humbled to have such great support from the WIP. Since I was a fellow, I have admired the education and leadership of the faculty that have embraced the WIP culture. I am proud to be among such motivated professionals and hope I can continue to work with all of you in many future endeavors.
Regarding the inaugural ICPS (Interventional Cancer Pain Symposium) at MSKCC, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for both the conference curriculum and cadaveric workshop. We had over 180 registered participants with 36 workshop attendees. We are the third largest conference ever hosted at MSKCC (number 1 being a Rank L conference).
As a result, we intend to have a more thorough workshop, including enhancing the representation of neurosurgery, radiology, and rehabilitation disciplines in 2018 (September 7-8). In two years, we hope to build on this with a larger cancer pain symposium. While I know September is a competitive time for conferences, my choices are limited and all future MSKCC conferences will be the weekend (or weekend after) after the American Labor Day celebration.
As Dr. Benzon alluded to, collaboration is important and we have great colleagues at Weill Cornell School of Medicine and could potentially expand the curriculum to chronic pain medicine (perhaps with a focus, for example neuropathic pain syndromes). We hope the WIP could be integral in this process.
Nonetheless, your support and guidance is always appreciated.