The Quality Training Program (QTP) is now accepting applications for its summer course at ASCO headquarters in Alexandria, Va., which begins on July 10. The application deadline is Monday, June 3. Applicants who register in March will receive a $100 discount on their tuition. In addition, ASCO is also offering a discount to fellows interested in participating: for any institution that sends two or more teams, each fellow receives 50% off the program tuition, as long as there is one non-fellow on each team.
The QTP brings cancer care teams together to select, design, and implement a quality improvement project at their practices. The program is aimed at all oncology specialties, as well as diverse practice types and institutional settings (e.g., academic, community, geographic location, practice size). More than 100 teams have completed the program.
This summer course will have an adapted curriculum that integrates the topic of oncology team burnout. Oncology care team burnout is a quality of care issue that adversely impacts patient satisfaction, increases medical errors, and decreases patient adherence to recommendations. The QTP will help to reduce the barriers in gaining the knowledge and methods used to address physician burnout and assist participants with implementing change. The course will feature several guest speakers who will discuss this topic, as well as ways that QTP tools can be applied to issues of burnout.
The program format is three in-person meetings, which include seminars, case examples, and small-group exercises, to facilitate learning. Between meetings, participants work on further developing and implementing the quality improvement projects that they’ve selected at their own practices. Experienced improvement coaches who are renowned practitioners in oncology, quality improvement, and burnout are assigned to help guide the teams.
Criteria for Participation
All participating teams must meet the following criteria:
- Assemble a core team of 2-4 participants. These teams are led by an active physician member of ASCO (physician member may also be a fellow in training).
- Ensure that the core team members attend the three in-person meetings.
- Assemble an extended 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.
Alexandria Course Dates
Two to four members of each team, including the team leader, must attend all three meetings:
- Session 1: July 10–11, 2019
- Session 2: Sept. 18–19, 2019
- Session 3: Dec. 5, 2019
Continuing Education Credits and Publication
Upon completion, participants are eligible for CE credit and ABIM MOC points, as well as potentially meeting the ACGME requirement for a quality improvement project for fellows, particularly sections IV.A.5.c and VI.A.1.b).(1). Additionally, the quality improvement projects that teams work on can be good subjects for academic abstracts and papers. At the 2018 Quality Care Symposium, seven QTP team abstracts were accepted as poster presentations.
Past projects have been in the areas of care coordination, documentation improvement, emotional distress, ER visit reduction, on-time treatment delivery, oral chemotherapy, patient access, patient education, patient experience, patient safety, process improvement, supportive care, and telephone triage. For ideas, browse the library of past projects from participants who have completed the program.