ASCO International collaborates with organizations around the world to deliver education and training to health care workers caring for patients with cancer. Activities are primarily focused on improving care in low-and-middle-resource countries and address the following areas of educational need:
Palliative care: International Palliative Care Courses focus on improving communication of prognosis with patients and families; managing pain and symptoms for patients with advanced disease; and other topics.
Clinical research: International Clinical Research Courses increase understanding of clinical trials methodologies, how to implement research ideas, how to evaluate literature, and how young investigators can get involved with research.
Team-based care: Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Courses demonstrate how multidisciplinary decision making takes place in the management of common cancer types through local case presentations and mock tumor board discussions. Additional 1-day Multidisciplinary Care Team Development program focusing on developing tumor boards available
Cancer awareness: Cancer Control in Primary Care Courses equip primary care physicians with the knowledge they need to recognize signs and symptoms of patients who may have cancer, refer patients to specialists for care, and communicate with patients about their risks for developing cancer.
Professional development: Train the Trainer sessions are organized before select courses to enhance presentation and facilitation skills and other skills as requested.
e-Courses: Virtual versions of ASCO’s courses that include all of the content of an in-person course.
Each program is designed in collaboration with a local partner to improve understanding of local needs and is presented in collaboration with local and international experts. Programs include interactive case presentations, breakout sessions, and discussions. Select programs include a blended learning approach with the integration of mobile-app-based learning; e-courses; and tele-education sessions to reinforce what is learned in the face-to-face courses.
90% of attendees participating in 5-year follow-up report making at least one practice change based on what they learned at an ASCO international education course.
Apply to Host a Course in Your Country
ASCO collaborates with organizations around the world to organize training courses to improve care for patients with cancer. If your organization is interested in applying to host a course, please contact ASCO International with any questions.
Volunteer as Faculty
Submit an application through the ASCO Volunteer Corps to register your interest in serving as faculty.