ASCO University® Appoints First Editor-in-Chief

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ASCO has appointed Daniel G. Haller, MD, as the first Editor-in-Chief of ASCO University®, an eLearning center designed to serve as the educational home for physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, and patient educators at every stage of their careers. As head of the editorial board, Dr. Haller will provide oversight and leadership to ensure that ASCO University’s portfolio of educational products and services maintain high quality support for oncology professionals’ lifelong learning needs.

Dr. Haller—a widely recognized researcher in gastrointestinal malignancies, a respected editor, and longtime ASCO member and volunteer—currently serves as Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and as an attending physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Among the various roles he has had within ASCO, Dr. Haller served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Oncology from 2001 to 2011. According to Dr. Haller, his experience with academic journals provides him with a strong foundation for his new role working with ASCO University’s editorial board.

Dr. Haller’s goals for his 3-year term, which began in March 2013, include improving the quality of existing products; developing new products, when appropriate; and keeping an “ear to the ground to find out what people want,” enabling ASCO University to respond to oncology professionals’ needs.

Wide Range of Offerings

ASCO University currently offers courses on a wide variety of cancer types and topics, including courses designed to assist those preparing for certification or enrolled in maintenance of certification; ASCO Tumor Boards, monthly multidisciplinary presentations that explore evidence relating to case scenarios; oncology literature reviews; the Meeting Library, with materials from ASCO’s Annual Meeting and thematic meetings; and the Oncology Slide Library, with more than 80,000 slides developed from ASCO content and from presenters at ASCO’s Annual Meeting and thematic meetings.

In addition, ASCO University recently released the 3rd edition of ASCO-SEP—a comprehensive, CME-accredited program designed to help medical providers assess and improve their level of knowledge in various areas of oncology. All courses are accessible online, as well as through digital notepads and smartphones, and content may be downloaded from iTunes University.

Dr. Haller notes that, during his tenure as Editor-in-Chief, he will ensure that ASCO University stays “ahead of the curve,” providing educational materials in a variety of formats to meet the needs of today’s busy health-care providers who rely heavily on digital notepads, electronic readers, and smartphones to access information.

ASCO University’s commitment to that goal is already evident. For example, the latest edition of ASCO-SEP is available as an eBook that is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod, Kindle, and Nook devices. And individuals can access the Online Question Bank and ASCO Flashcards, a digital flash cards app, to test their knowledge.

Associate Editors

Dr. Haller will be supported in his new role by seven Associate Editors: Aditya Bardia, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital; Quyen Chu, MD, of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Jill Gilbert, MD, of Vanderbilt University; David Graham, MD, of Carle Clinic Association; Heather Hylton, PA-C, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Benjamin Levy, MD, of Beth Israel Hospital; and Bhoomi Mehrotra, MD, of St. Francis Hospital. In addition, ASCO’s Integrated Media & Technology Committee will continue to provide oversight for ASCO ­University. ■

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