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AVAHO Newsletter November 2019

Message from the Editor


Season’s greetings to our AVAHO membership! This is both a busy and special time of year for all of us. We hope that most of you were able to attend the annual meeting this past September in Minneapolis. The planning committee and meeting organizers did an amazing job putting on an excellent conference I think we can all agree! Special thanks to Julie, Sue and their support staff for all they did to make this a huge success!

After a year’s absence, I am pleased to bring the quarterly AVAHO newsletter back to our membership. The AVAHO board is sorry for this absence, but what we bring to you now we hope you will find useful in your day to day practice settings.

I have sought out the assistance of many talented AVAHO members, to work on “teams” within their areas of specialty to prepare a submission quarterly that they feel the members will find value in reading. So far I have commitments from pharmacy (including the PBM), nutrition support, social work and advanced practice nursing and in time hope to have input from radiation oncology, palliative care, dermatology and medical oncology among others.

As was the case with the original newsletter, I will continue to include a section on “VA articles of Interest”. I believe it is important to highlight the efforts and achievements of our colleagues within the VA, and support their contributions to oncology practice and the medical literature we all rely on in our practices.

We are always looking for volunteers, if you wish to join or develop a group within your specialty area this is a great way to contribute to the quality of the final product. As always, AVAHO is always seeking new volunteers to serve on committees within the organization. If you are interested please contact Julie Lawson @ execdirector@avaho.org.

Rusty Crawford, B Pharm (retired) - AVAHO newsletter editor

Former AVAHO President (2017)

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Greetings AVAHO members;

I hope this message finds you all recovered from the holiday seasons, and eagerly awaiting springs arrival and winters departure!  Mother nature has been rather “angry” this year, hasn’t she? We wanted to give you an update, your AVAHO Board has been working hard to continue to take the organization to new levels of education and support.  The 2018 AVAHO annual meeting planning committee are also puttin...

December 12, 2017


Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


  • Open & closing dates: 11/15/2017 to 12/31/2017

  • Salary: $101,967 to $348,000 per year

  • Work schedule: Full-Time

  • Appointment type:  Permanent

Location: Washington DC, DC 1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed: No


Responsibilities: As an Oncology/Hematology Physician...

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