ASCO Announces New Class of Participants in Quality Training Program

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ASCO has announced the second class of oncology practices for its Quality Training Program. Twelve practices across the United States will participate in this 6-month comprehensive course, which will guide them through quality improvement activities using proven innovative learning techniques.

“ASCO’s Quality Training Program provides interdisciplinary oncology teams with the tools they need to design, implement, and lead quality improvement activities in their practices, to help ensure patients with cancer receive high quality care,” said ASCO President Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO. “Following the completion of the pilot program in 2014, participating practices learned and applied new quality improvement concepts. ASCO is very pleased with this success and looks forward to working with the new practices.”

The Quality Training Program combines practice coaching/facilitation, peer-to-peer mentoring, and opportunities for shared learning as practice teams engage in structured clinical or operational improvement projects. Practices will participate in 5 days of in-person learning in a series of three sessions including seminars, case examples, and small group exercises. Additionally, practices will work with experienced coaches to complete a structured and facilitated quality improvement project of their choice. Upon completion, participants will have the knowledge and skills to form a high-functioning improvement team, identify clinical and operational targets for improvement, plan and implement change strategies, understand and use data for improvement, and track performance over time.

New Class of Oncology Practices

To be selected for participation, practices must apply and demonstrate a commitment of time and resources. Selected practices have also undergone an extensive and rigorous review process by the program’s selection committee. The new class includes:

  • Cone Health Cancer Center (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • Duke Cancer Network (Durham, North Carolina)
  • The Jones Clinic (Germantown, Tennessee, and New Albany, Mississippi locations)
  • University Medical Oncology (Augusta, Georgia)
  • Memorial Cancer Institute (Hollywood, Florida)
  • New Mexico Cancer Care Associates (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
  • Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
  • Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (New Brunswick, New Jersey)
  • Stanford Cancer Center (Stanford, California)
  • Tennessee Oncology (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia)
  • University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin)

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