What is the Quality Training Program?

The Quality Training Program is a 6-month comprehensive education and training program for interdisciplinary oncology teams. The program includes:

  • 5 days of face-to-face education sessions including seminars, case examples, and small group exercises.
  • A structured and facilitated improvement project selected by each oncology team.This project allows the teams to solve a quality problem in their own clinical setting, with guidance from experienced coaches and faculty. 

What is the purpose of the Quality Training Program?

The Quality Training Program seeks to educate oncology providers in designing, implementing, and leading successful quality improvement activities in their practice settings. In addition, ASCO hopes to train oncologists to:

  • Assume quality leadership positions
  • Champion quality initiatives inside and outside their respective practices

What are the mandatory requirements for participation in the program?

All teams must meet the following criteria for participation:

  • Assemble a core team of 2-4 participants. These teams are led by a physician member of ASCO in good standing (physician member may also be a fellow in training).
  • Core team members must be able to attend the three in-person sessions of the Quality Training Program at ASCO headquarters.
  • Assemble a larger team that will support the quality improvement project at the practice level.
  • Designate a team sponsor (typically a senior institutional leader) to support their work.
  • Identify a quality problem for the improvement project.

Is participation in the program limited to physicians only?

A physician member of ASCO in good standing (may also be a fellow in training) leads the core team from each practice. However, the other members of the core team may include staff from any area affected by the quality improvement project. For example, team members may come from clinical, operational, or administrative personnel. 

Can any oncology specialty practice apply for participation in the program?

ASCO encourages applications from any oncology specialty along with applications from diverse practices and institutional settings (e.g. academic, community, geographic location, practice size).

Will ASCO consider applications from practices based outside of the United States?

Yes, ASCO will consider applications from practices based outside of the United States. However, keep in mind that the sponsoring practice/institution or participants (members of the core team) are responsible for covering the program fees. The sponsoring practice/institution or participants are also responsible for covering lodging, travel, and incidental expenses. 

Will ASCO provide financial assistance to program participants?

Unfortunately, ASCO is unable to provide financial assistance to program participants. Participants or their practice/institution are responsible for covering the program fees, lodging, travel, and other incidental expenses.

When does the Quality Training Program take place?

NEW THIS YEAR! Sessions will be held in Dallas, TX on April 5-6, July 19-20 and October 4 and Portland, OR on April 20-21, June 28-29 and October 18. Additional coaching and communications will take place virtually via conference calls, webinars, and emails. This virtual coaching occurs at least several times each month between April and October.

Are continuing education credits available for participating in the program?

The Quality Training Program is approved for the following credits:

  • CME credit (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)

  • CNE credit (ANCC – American Nurses Credentialing Center)