Seeking Western Canadian Oncology Practice to Host Quality Training Program Course

January 31, 2019

ASCO is seeking to team with an oncology practice in Western Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan provinces) to host its one-day Quality Training Program (QTP) course.

Supported by the Mission Endowment of ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation, the majority of the expenses for the course will be covered. ASCO would pay for the air travel expenses for the faculty and ASCO staff, and the hosting site would pay only for the faculty and staff’s expenses on the ground.

Despite Canada’s proximity to the U.S., ASCO has not yet had the opportunity to expand its quality offerings to Canada. However, ASCO has had queries from oncology practices in Canada interested in the QTP because of its focus on preparing teams of oncology providers to lead successful quality improvement activities in their practice settings. To build on the growing international interest in the QTP and address interest, ASCO would like to partner with an oncology organization or practice group to host its first QTP workshop in Canada.

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).

The one-day course introduces participants to tools and frameworks used in quality improvement, enabling them to effectively lead or participate in improvement activities. It is customized to each practice’s needs and requirements and is aimed at empowering oncology providers with skills in quality improvement to reduce clinical variation and improve patient outcomes. After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify techniques and tools used in quality improvement
  • Identify relevant metrics
  • Structure a quality improvement project.

The Canadian course would be held at a hosting site’s practice or venue of their choice, such as a nearby hotel or conference center. Two faculty members (volunteers) would present the content, and one ASCO staff member would be present to assist with logistics.

Three months after the workshop concludes, the faculty will check in remotely via web-conference with the participants to evaluate their application of the knowledge and tools from the course and answer any questions.

For more information, please contact the QTP team.