Continuing Medical Education (CME) Mission Statement
ASPHO's CME mission is to provide residents, fellows, investigators, and practitioners involved in the dynamic and rapidly evolving discipline of pediatric hematology/oncology with state-of-the-art education in the subspecialty. Through annual meetings, workshops, review courses, and self-assessment tools, ASPHO promotes improved care of pediatric patients with hematologic/oncologic diseases by advancing the professional development of the physicians and healthcare professionals who care for these patients.
The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The purpose of the CME program is to improve outcomes of pediatric patients with hematologic/oncologic diseases through the implementation of state-of-the-art education practices that will foster optimal medical care.
The CME program is based on a core curriculum established to address a dynamic and rapidly evolving discipline. This includes general pediatric hematology/oncology subject areas such as blood diseases and abnormalities; cancer diagnosis, treatment and management, including late effects; supportive care; stem cell transplantation; immunologic abnormalities; research; and practice management.
ASPHO programming is intended for the pediatric hematology/oncology subspecialist in academic, clinical, management, and research settings. This includes but is not limited to physicians, trainees such as residents and fellows, as well as specialized advanced practice nurses and physician assistants who work within the profession. Specialists in adult hematology and oncology also may find ASPHO programming relevant to their needs.
Types of Activities
ASPHO programming includes an annual meeting, review course, maintenance of certification programming, live and archived webinar broadcasts, and other forums developed to meet the educational and technological needs of the membership and pediatric hematology/oncology community.
Expected Results of the Program
ASPHO anticipates that the CME program will enhance the learner's ability to develop new pediatric hematology/oncology research, clinical care strategies based on evidence-based guidelines and their personal professional development. This will lead to improved outcomes in the care of children and adolescents with blood disorders and cancer as well as provide up to date palliative care and symptom management.
Portions of ASPHO's CME activities are designed with the intent of changing learner's competence and performance, which will be evaluated through the use of pre- and postactivity surveys, testing, self-reporting, or commitment-to-change protocols to determine the extent to which the targeted change has been achieved. These results are indicators against which the organizational and CME missions are measured and programming evaluated and planned.
The following committees are responsible for planning and executing the various educational programs offered by aspho. To learn more about each committee's specific charges and opportunities to get involved, please visit their respective pages.