Application and Approval Process• SIGs are initiated by faculty or administrative staff based on an identified need. SIGs are not initiated by the ASCO Board. • A potential SIG must have at least 11 faculty or administrators with positions directly related to the SIG’s special interest declare their interest in ASCO establishing a SIG.• The SIG’s initiator is encouraged to submit an application at least three months prior to an ASCO Board of Directors meeting. The Board typically meets in March, as well as in conjunction with the AOA and AAO conferences. • ASCO staff will provide the completed SIG application to the responsible standing committee for review, feedback and action. If the committee recommends approval of the SIG, the committee will present a motion for approval at the next scheduled Board of Directors meeting. • ASCO Board of Directors must approve the application prior to establishing the SIG.• The SIG initiator can serve as interim SIG chair upon approval of the SIG and can serve in this capacity until the first SIG meeting, when a formal election will be held.