Quality Training Program

Quality Training Program

ASCO’s Quality Training Program prepares physician-led oncology teams to design, implement, and lead successful quality improvement activities in their practice settings. ASCO’s program is developed by oncologists and oncology care specialists for oncology practice teams.

Specifically, the Quality Training Program

  • Empowers practice teams to improve clinical care and operational performance
  • Teaches teams how to balance quality improvement projects with demanding schedules and competing priorities

Course Structure

The 6-month program includes five days of in-person learning across three sessions, as well as hands-on learning at the participants’ practices. To ensure a well-rounded experience, sessions include seminars, case examples, and small group exercises.

Participants who complete the course are eligible for both CE credit and ABIM MOC points. The locations will change each year within the United States and also in international locations. If you are interested in hosting a QTP in your region or country, please complete our International Interest Survey and contact us.

Two to four members of each team, including the team leader, must attend three in-person meetings.

Winter 2019 hosted by City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte/Monrovia, California. 

Session Closed

The Summer 2019 session at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia is a thematic focus on oncology team wellness and avoiding burnout.

The session will have the following in-person meeting dates:

  • Meeting 1: July 10-11
  • Meeting 2: September 18-19
  • Meeting 3: December 5

Registration Closed

The Winter 2020  session will be held at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria,  Virginia.

The session will have the following in-person meeting dates:

  • Meeting 1: January 16-17
  • Meeting 2: March 19-20
  • Meeting 3: June 26

Early application discount offered to all teams who apply in September! Early registration begins September 2, 2019.

Application Deadline is November 22, 2019

Knowledge and Skills Acquired During the Course

Upon completing the course, participants will know how 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
  • Track performance over time
  • Use process analysis tools
    • Flowcharting to understand processes
    • Brainstorming to identify issues
    • Creating a cause and effect diagram
    • Creating a check sheet for data collection
    • Identify priorities with a Pareto Chart

Conducting projects at the teams’ practice sites delivers a great benefit, allowing the teams to immediately translate training into action to improve cancer care quality.

Continuing Education (CE)

Accreditation Statement and CE Credit Designation

In support of improving patient care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

AMA Credit Designation Statement - Physicians

The American Society of Clinical Oncology designates this live activity for 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ANCC Credit Designation Statement - Nurses

The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 14.25 contact hours.

Participants will receive a brief survey before and after the Quality Training Program. This survey has two goals: To gauge progress toward learning outcomes as well as to provide feedback about the learning experience. Participants will be able to claim CE credits reflecting the extent of their participation in the Quality Training Program at the conclusion of the final learning session. CE certificates will be available for downloading and printing at that time.

Certificates of Participation and Attendance

Advanced practitioners are welcome to submit a request for a Certificate of Participation, which may enable nonphysicians to apply their Quality Training Program participation toward re-licensure. Please note, however, that all final decisions regarding the awarding of credits will be made by the licensing organization to which the credits are submitted.

Multidisciplinary experts in oncology and health care quality improvement lead the practice teams through the Quality Training Program. These experts bring many years of teaching and coaching experience to the program.

Quality Training Program Steering Group

  • Michael Keng, MD
  • Tim Gilligan, MD
  • ​Doris Quinn, PhD
  • Laurie Kaufman, MSN, RN
  • John Bingham, MHA
  • Vedner Guerrier, MBA, LSSBB
  • Ashraf Mahmoud Mohamed, MD   
  • Anne C. Chiang, MD, PhD
  • Sirisha Karri, MD
  • Piyush Srivastava, MD

Members of Steering Group may also serve as faculty and/or coaches.

Faculty and Improvement Coaches 

  • Charles Borden, MBA, Independent Consultant, Central & Southern New Jersey
  • Stephanie Buia Amport, MBA, CPHQ, Yale New Haven Health
  • Pelin Cinar, MD, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Vedner Guerrier, MBA, RTT, LSSBB, Memorial Cancer Institute
  • Valorie Harvey, MBA, Parkland Health and Hospital Systems
  • Joseph Jacobson, MD, Chief Quality Officer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Laurie Kaufman, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CMQ, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Michael Keng, MD, University of Virginia Health System
  • Louise Man, MD, University of Virginia Health System
  • Eric Martin, MD, Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants 
  • Duncan Phillips, MBA, Senior Process Improvement Specialist at the Elliot Health Systems
  • Steve Power, MBA, Duke University
  • Arif Kamal, MD,  Duke Cancer Institute
  • Prabjyot Singh, RN, MSN, MPH, Trinity Health
  • Piyush Srivastava, MD, Kaiser Permanente
  • Holley Stallings, RN, MPH, CPH, CPHQ, Norton Cancer Institute
  • Carole Tremonti, RN, MBA, OCN, CCRP, Senior Manager of Clinical Quality, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Quality Training Program is funded through the Conquer Cancer Foundation.

Conquer Cancer Foundation    SNF

2019 Supporters

Amgen; Astellas; Novartis Oncology

Abbvie          CCF Mission Endowment         Lilly | Oncology         

Merck          Pfizer Oncology 


This list reflects commitments as of March 22, 2019.