Advanced Practitioners Convene at Fourth Annual JADPRO Live at APSHO

More than 1,000 attend conference to learn best practices in evidence-based oncology and new strategies to manage complex patient care issues.

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Launched in 2012 by Harborside Press, publisher of the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO) and The ASCO Post, this year’s JADPRO Live at APSHO conference topped previous attendance records with nearly 1,100 attendees. APSHO, the Advanced Practitioner Society in Hematology and Oncology, membership includes over 1,000 nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, and oncology pharmacists.

Educational Agenda

The theme of this year’s conference was United in Practice, United in Care. The scientific program offered almost 50 sessions, workshops, and satellite symposia—27 were CE sessions—in which attendees could earn up to 19.25 CE/CME credits; 27 poster presentations on such diverse topics as “A Retrospective Study of the Incidence of Vitamin D Insufficiency in BRCA Mutation Carriers in a Community Cancer Center” and “Identification of Continued Educational Gaps Among Oncology”; and more than 62 exhibitors.

Engaging Workshops

The largest professional medical conference for advanced practitioners in hematology and oncology, the 2016 JADPRO Live at APSHO featured workshops led by leaders in the field of oncology, including ­Jimmie C. Holland, MD, the Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering, who moderated a panel discussion on The Impact of the New Precision Medicine Era on Palliative and End-of-Life Care with Daniel C. McFarland, DO, and Liz Blackler, LCSW-R, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 

Christopher J. Campen, ­PharmD, BCPS, BCOP, Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, moderated a panel discussion on Principles and Perspectives: Ethical Challenges in Oncology Practice.

This year’s conference also featured a new initiative called ­SMARTIE (Study to Measure Advanced Practitioner Retention of Targeted Information and Education) to assess the impact of the education presented at the conference and how attendees have incorporated the information learned at the meeting into their practices. To join the SMARTIE program, go to

When the Physician Becomes the Patient

Among the highlights of this year’s conference was the keynote presentation by Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medical Disciplines at Stanford University School of Medicine, the widow of Paul Kalanithi, MD, author of When Breath Becomes Air (Random House, 2016). Dr. Paul Kalanithi died from non-small cell lung cancer at the age of 37 on March 9, 2015.

Interviewed by Pamela ­Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CNS, ANP, ­APSHO President, and Conference Chair of JADPRO Live at APSHO; and Editor-in-Chief of JADPRO, Dr. ­Kalanithi read excerpts from the book describing what it was like for Dr. Paul Kalanithi to transition from physician and caregiver to patient and took questions from the ­audience.

Program Committee

Gallery of photos from the 2016 JADPRO Live at APSHO. 1. Gaylord National Hotel; 2. Hands-on skills workshop; 3. Wendy Vogel, MSN, FNP, AOCNP; 4. General session; 5. Alana Brody, Harborside Press; 6. Panel discussion: Ethical challenges; 7. Lucy Kalanithi, MD, and Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CNS, ANP; 8. Headshot Lounge; 9. Networking; 10. Sandra E. Kurtin, RN, MS, AOCN, ANP-C, directs hands-on workshop; 11. Jimmie C. Holland, MD, Daniel C. McFarland, DO, Liz Blackler, LCSW-R; 12. Q&A following session; 13 - 16. General views and exhibit hall at JADPRO Live at APSHO. Visit for more photos and information about next year’s meeting.

Conference Chairs for this year’s program were Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CNS, ANP, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Hematology and Oncology (JADPRO); Heather M. Hylton, MS, PA-C, Associate Editor, JADPRO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York; Wendy H. Vogel, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®, Associate Editor, JADPRO, Wellmont Cancer Institute, Kingsport, Tennessee; Sandra E. Kurtin, RN, MS, AOCN®, ANP, Associate Editor, JADPRO, Arizona Cancer Center University of Arizona, Tucson; and ­Christopher J. Campen, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP, Associate Editor, JADPRO, Greenville Health System Greenville, South Carolina. ■