On October 29 and 30, the initial sessions of the full six-month Quality Training Program (QTP) are being held in Madrid, marking both the first time the program has been licensed outside of the U.S. and conducted in Spain. The program has been brought to Spain by the ECO Foundation, which has been licensed for a three-year term to host and provide QTP training to local oncologists, following training for their faculty and staff in delivering the program.
“Since 2015 we have been working with ASCO … and I have to say that we have always found a great support, encouragement and the best of intentions at any time,” said ECO Foundation President Vicente Guillem, MD, PhD. “We are very excited about this Quality Training Program, … we are very proud of the work carried out together, and we hope to continue this cooperation in the future with more initiatives.”
The 12 participating teams will meet for two more in-person sessions between January and April 2019, during which they will attend seminars, review case examples, and participate in small-group exercises. Between meetings, the teams will work on further developing and implementing the quality improvement projects they’ve selected at their own practices. The teams will be guided by experienced improvement coaches who are renowned practitioners in oncology and quality improvement.
Attending the inaugural QTP session in Spain, ASCO Past President Dr. Bruce Johnson, chief clinical research officer and institute physician at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, noted that “Quality is a very important part of our future, and we need to promote the highest quality of care for our patients by sharing the tools of the ASCO Quality Training Program across the world.”
To date, more than 100 teams from around the world have participated in the QTP.