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.

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and nursing continuing education credits.

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.

Quality Training Program Steering Group

  • Michael Keng, MD
  • Vedner Guerrier, MBA, LSSBB
  • Doris Quinn, PhD
  • Piyush Srivastava, MD
  • Anne Chiang, MD
  • John Bingham, MD
  • Ashraf Mohammed, MD
  • Timothy Gilligan, MD
  • Sirisha Karri, MD
  • Laura Kaufman, MSN, RN
  • Ronda Bowman, RN
  • Terry Gilmore, RN
  • Gene Cunningham, MS

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

Faculty and Improvement Coaches 

  • Michael Keng, MD
  • Pelin Cinar, MD
  • Doris Quinn, PhD
  • Vedner Guerrier, MBA, LSSBB
  • Calvin Chou, MD
  • Duncan Phillips, MBA, LSSBB
  • Anne Chiang, MD
  • John Bingham, MD
  • Piyush Srivastava, MD
  • Ashraf Mohammed, MD
  • Amy Morris, PharmD
  • Arif Kamal, MD
  • Steve Power, MD
  • Laura Kaufman, MSN, RN
  • Valorie Harvey, BSN, MBA
  • Holley Stallings, RN
  • Charley Borden, MBA
  • Adam Binder, MD
  • Devika Das, MD
  • Kelly King, MBA, CTR
  • Tony Philip, MD
  • Grace Campbell, BSN, MSW, PhD
  • Arpan Patel, MD
  • Carolyn Hendricks, MD, FASCO

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

Conquer Cancer Foundation    SNF

2020 Supporters

Lilly; Pfizer Oncology                            


This list reflects commitments as of January 13, 2020.