The Quality Training Program is a 6-month program offering education and training for physician-led oncology teams.
The program prepares teams of oncology providers to design, implement, and lead successful quality improvement activities in their practice settings. ASCO’s program is developed by oncologists and oncology care specialists for oncology practice teams.
The program includes five days of in-person learning across three sessions, as well as hands-on learning at the participants’ practices. To ensure a well-rounded experience, sessions include seminars, case examples, and small group exercises. In 2017, for the first time, sessions will be held regionally, with next year’s locations being Dallas, Texas, and Portland, Oregon. The locations will change each year with a plan to add international locations in the future.
Two to four members of each team, including the team leader, must attend three sessions, with each session having two dates to choose from:
- Session 1 (two days): April 5–6 or April 20–21, 2017
- Session 2 (two days): June 28–29 or July 19–20, 2017
- Session 3 (one day): October 4 or October 18, 2017.
Aside from meetings and coaching conference calls, teams will need to dedicate time and resources to complete their improvement project. By design, quality improvement requires an ongoing process. A structured and facilitated improvement project selected by each oncology team. This project enables teams to solve a problem in their own clinical setting, with guidance from experienced coaches.
Knowledge and Skills Acquired During the Course
Upon completing the course, participants will know how to:
- Form a high-functioning improvement team
- Identify clinical and operational targets for improvement
- Plan and implement change strategies
- Understand and use data for improvement
- Track performance over time
- Use process analysis tools
Conducting projects at the teams’ practice sites delivers a great benefit, allowing the teams to immediately translate training into action to improve cancer care quality.
Continuing Education (CE)
Accreditation Statement and CE Credit Designation
In support of improving patient care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
AMA Credit Designation Statement - Physicians
The American Society of Clinical Oncology designates this live activity for 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
ANCC Credit Designation Statement - Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 14.25 contact hours.
Participants will receive a brief survey before and after the Quality Training Program. This survey has two goals: To gauge progress toward learning outcomes as well as to provide feedback about the learning experience. Participants will be able to claim CE credits reflecting the extent of their participation in the Quality Training Program at the conclusion of the final learning session. CE certificates will be available for downloading and printing at that time.
Certificates of Participation and Attendance
Advanced practitioners are welcome to submit a request for a Certificate of Participation, which may enable nonphysicians to apply their Quality Training Program participation toward re-licensure. Please note, however, that all final decisions regarding the awarding of credits will be made by the licensing organization to which the credits are submitted.