member interest survey results

The goal of NANETS’ membership survey was to collect input on new programs and initiatives in three key areas: web-based learning, committee and volunteer interests, and a mentee/mentor program. The survey was distributed to all members and non-member Symposium attendees, with 61 respondents completing the entire survey.

Web-Based Learning:
Asked about web-based learning, 62 percent of respondents said they would be likely to attend a 60-minute webinar. When asked to list their top three topic preferences, PRRT was mentioned the most (18 mentions), followed by treatment and management of NETs (16 mentions) and clinical trials/latest research (10 mentions). Specific recommendations in these topic areas included:

  • PRRT: Sequencing and dosimetry; tailored PRRT; patient follow up; novel developments; emerging radionuclides and therapeutics
  • Treatment and Management of NETs: Standards of care; treatment options; sequencing; G3 NETS; new developments/emerging treatments
  • Clinical Trials/Latest Research: New targeted therapies; clinical trial opportunities in NETs; current, ongoing and recently completed clinical trials; updates on current research with application to clinic

Committee and Volunteer Interests: 
To broaden and diversify engagement of members on committees and task forces, a two-part question was posed. The first question asked respondents to check all areas in which they are interested in becoming involved or learning more about. Out of the 13 areas of interest, Scientific Review & Research received the most interest (70% of respondents); NET Symposium Planning was next with 56% of respondents indicating interest; and Consensus Guidelines received interest from 48% of respondents. The chart below displays these results, which are consistent with the society’s mission to further NET education and research.
member survey area interest2

The second part of the question prompted respondents to list the top three areas where they would be willing to serve. Of note are the number of respondents who indicated a willingness to serve on one or more committees. The top three areas of service were: Scientific Review & Research; Symposium Planning, and Consensus Guidelines.The table below presents a summary of the top three choices by category. These mirror the areas of interest above. Out of a total of 135 selections of top three choices to serve (multiple responses were counted individually), Scientific Review & Research was selected a total of 30 times (22%), 19 of which were the #1 choice. Symposium Planning was indicated as a top three choice twenty-four times (18%); Guidelines was selected 23 times (17%). Committee co-chairs are using these data to form their committees.

member survey 3

The survey sought input on participating in a mentorship program as mentor and/or mentee. Twenty-four respondents indicated an interest in mentoring, with 18 interested in being a mentee.Both mentors and mentees voiced a willingness to participate in a variety of mentoring formats – one-on-one or small group, in-person or virtual. Mentors saif they prefer the personal touch of in-person or phone contact over virtual connection and are open to both one-on-one and small group mentoring. Mentees prefer one-to-one mentoring over small group and are more open to virtual mentoring than mentors. Both groups are interested in mentoring opportunities at Symposium.Mentors and mentees shared similar expectations for the mentoring relationship, from general career guidance to specific aspects of NET as a specialty. Expectations of qualities of the relationship included mutual respect, communication and commitment to the shared work of mentorship. Mentors listed a wide range of areas they would be willing to mentor in.The data will allow the board and committees to engage more members in the society’s work and provide high quality educational opportunities to NANETS’ members and beyond.