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.

Course Structure

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

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 Medical Education (CME)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Quality Training Program live activity, comprised of two 2-day learning sessions and one 1-day learning session, has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 CME credit reflecting the extent of their participation in the Quality Training Program at the conclusion of the final learning session. CME certificates will be available for downloading and printing at that time.

Certificates of Participation and Attendance

All nonphysicians (including nurses and pharmacists) 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.

For participants who need a record of their attendance, Certificates of Attendance will be available at the conclusion of the final learning session. This certifıcate does not award any AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.