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Patrick Leavey, MD
The 2019 ASPHO Conference in New Orleans was a tremendous success with a greater number of attendees than ever before, leading to outstanding networking opportunities and novel educational events, including the first time an ASPHO Presidential Symposium was presented in a TED-style format. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference, attending a wide array of terrific educational sessions; supurb award presentations from Drs. Wilbur Lam, Elliott Vichinsky, Ken McClain, and Charles Mullighan; and outstanding platform presentations from very talented Young Investigator awardees. I even tweeted for the first time! Thank you to all the awardees, presenters, volunteers, and staff whose tireless efforts resulted in an amazing week.
The ASPHO Education Committee has embarked on an ambitious journey to evaluate our portfolio of educational offerings, content, and formats—the first examples of which were on display in New Orleans. The Knowledge and Assessment REsources (KARE) Toolkit was launched in parallel with the Review Course earlier this year, providing pediatric hematology/oncology professionals with a wider choice of targeted educational options. I’m pleased to share that based on feedback and interest from those who have purchased these new products, the KARE Toolkit has been very well received.
In keeping with the opportunity to consider formats of presentation and with input from the Conference Planning Committee, I elected to host the Metabolism in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Presidential Symposium in a TED-style format. My impression from other meetings I’ve attended that used this format is that this style is inviting, informal, and welcomes a greater sense of audience involvement without detracting from the quality of science nor the ability to use presentation aides. Drs. Ralph DeBerardinis, Navdeep Chandel, and Rachael Grace presented three different facets of metabolism—the opportunity to study in-vivo metabolic susceptibilities in cancer, the role of the mitochondria in more than ATP generation, and the translational research that lead to effective treatments for metabolic hematological syndromes. Although I may be a little biased, this was simply an outstanding session. With such success, I can only say, watch this space for next year’s presidential session announcement!
The work of ASPHO continues—our work to treat the patients and parents we are privileged to see, our work to train our future colleagues, our opportunity to build interdisciplinary teams of professionals, and our need to advance outcomes for kids with the spectrum of clinical conditions for which we provide care. The 2019 ASPHO Conference provided a wonderful opportunity to share this professional experience with colleagues and friends, explore the burdens of care in sessions dedicated to our own health, and leave New Orleans excited and empowered with new knowledge. I’m sure the 2020 ASPHO Conference in Fort Worth will do the same. I look forward to ongoing improvements, continued collaborations, and next year’s “HAT” (inside joke—but ask anyone who was at the conference and they’ll tell you).
ASPHO is pleased to share the 2018 Annual Report. Using the five pillars of the strategic plan as a guide, the report provides a high level overview of the many accomplishments, educational opportunities, priorities and areas of growth ASPHO experienced throughout the year. Thank you for your support of ASPHO and your contribution to the year's success!
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Hematology/Oncology (SOHO) and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) developed and implemented a collaborative policy review process in January 2014. The overarching goal of the process is to provide pediatric hematology/oncology (PHO) review expertise regarding policy and other documents for physicians who care for children with blood disorders and cancer.
Activities of the group include a review of policies and guidelines identified through other AAP sections and committees as well as other medical societies and health care organizations. SOHO and ASPHO established the following 11 review groups that engage 52 members of our organizations:
- solid tumors
- benign hematology
- leukemia/lymphomas/lymphoproliferative disorders
- health care delivery and health policy
- coagulation disorders
- stem cell transplantation
- oncology supportive care
- survivorship and late effects group
The feedback of those review groups helps to reinforce the voice of PHO specialists as it pertains to statements developed by internal AAP as well as external groups (e.g. American Society of Hematology, Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation, etc). Since inception, the policy review groups have reviewed more than 166 policy statements, clinical practice guidelines, book chapters and other documents. Thank you to all who volunteer and have supported this effort over the past 5 or more years!
The second area that the review process covers is the development of policies that address PHO-related conditions and issues. As part of the technical review process, draft policy is reviewed by the appropriate PHO review group/s along with many groups within the AAP who provide feedback to the authors. The following is a list of policies that have been developed in collaboration with ASPHO:
- Health Supervision of Children with Sickle Cell Disease (revision)
- Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Infants, Children and Adolescents (new clinical report)
- Long-term Follow-up Care for Pediatric Cancer Survivors (also in collaboration with the Children’s Oncology Group; revision)
- Evaluation for Bleeding Disorders in Suspected Child Abuse and Evaluating for Suspected Child Abuse: Conditions That Predispose to Bleeding (also in collaboration with the AAP Committee on Child Abuse; revision)
There also is PHO representation on two clinical practice guidelines developed/under development by the AAP:
- Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Infantile Hemangiomas
- Clinical Practice Guideline on Hyperbilirubinemia
We are very appreciative of the review group members who continue to volunteer their time and expertise to support this valuable collaboration. Watch for future opportunities to serve on the review groups in fall 2019.
As you finish your fellowship program and look toward the future, navigate your next career move with ASPHO. Stay connected with an active peer community of 2,000 members and be in-the-know about key issues in the field.
Whether you are settling into a new position or pursuing opportunities, the next year is a critical time to build your network and advance your knowledge. Access to valuable member resources—such as the clinical forum, online member community, mentoring program, special interest groups, and award and leadership opportunities—gives early career professionals a boost as they establish their careers.
"Maintaining ASPHO membership from fellowship into my early attending career has been a wonderful benefit as the opportunities are so numerous—from the educational meetings and webinars to the mentorship program and access to a broad network of colleagues. ASPHO is certainly a great resource for medical professionals in all stages of their pediatric hematology/oncology career.” – Eleny Romanos-Sirakis, MD: Chair, Membership Committee
Diversity Special Interest Group: ASPHO 2019 Meeting Highlights and Future Endeavors
Pinki Prasad, MD MPH; Daniel Ortiz, MD; Kerice Pinkney, MD
Diversity SIG Mission
The ASPHO Diversity SIG (DSIG) aims to support the advancement of all ASPHO members and the field of pediatric hematology/oncology (PHO) through increasing diversity and inclusiveness in a broad sense in the membership and leadership of ASPHO as well as the home institutions of members. The DSIG has made it a top priority for our group’s activities to begin with early outreach where we connect medical students with faculty in the field of PHO at all of ASPHO’s national meetings.
The physician workforce continues to struggle with adequate representation of racial and ethnic minorities, with hematology and oncology lagging in medicine in general. According to the most recent census, 13% of the U.S. population is black or African American and 18% is Hispanic (United States Census Bureau, n.d.). In contrast, only 2.3% of practicing oncologists self-identified as black or African American and only 5.8% of practicing oncologists self-identified as Hispanic (Kirkwood et al, 2018; American Academy of Pediatrics, n.d.; Association of American Medical Colleges, n.d.). Individuals from populations that are underrepresented in medicine are even more underrepresented in oncology than in fellowship or residency programs in general. Thus, early outreach is essential for mentoring medical students and residents who are interested in PHO as a career choice.
To further our commitment to mentoring, the DSIG collaborated with Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) to engage medical students and residents in the 2019 ASPHO Conference. We began with a meet and greet event the night before the conference. The School of Medicine at LSUHSC hosted the meet and greet under the faculty leadership of Dr. Cathy Lazarus, who is the associate dean of student affairs. The event included a presentation by Dr. Pinkney, 2018-2019 DSIG chair, on career pathways in PHO. This was followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Pinkney; Dr. Pinki Prasad, 2019-2020 DSIG chair; and Dr. Jennifer Krajewski. We also had a presentation from Jessica Briley, a representative of Be the Match, National Marrow Donor Program. Jessica discussed the ongoing efforts to increase the donor pool from diverse racial/ethnic communities and the importance of new partnerships with colleges and universities.
As part of our ongoing push to engage medical students and residents, the DSIG was able to partner with LSUHSC to provide sponsorship of five students and pediatric residents to attend the 2019 ASPHO Conference. At the conference, these selected medical students and residents were paired with faculty guides to help them navigate and answer questions regarding pursuing a career in academic PHO.
Challenges and Barriers to Women in Academic Medicine
Our keynote speaker for the 2019 DSIG workshop was Dr. Bonnie Desselle, vice chair of medical education at LSUSHC and Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, and the title of her talk was “Challenges and Barriers to Women in Academic Medicine.” Dr. Desselle highlighted an American Medical Association video,“Women in Medicine by Numbers”,showing that in 1860, there were roughly only 200 women physicians in the United States, and today, that number exceeds 376,000 (American Medical Association (AMA), n.d.). Despite the increase in women enrolling in medical school, leadership roles for women remain elusive. Less than 10% of women self-report as being a department head or a division chief (AMA, n.d.). In academic medicine, the proportion of women in higher academic ranks is lower than males across the country. The gender pay gap was discussed as studies have shown that women are offered lower pay and less institutional research funding when they join a faculty, and they continue to earn considerably less than men—even among those at the same level and with comparable productivity. The group was able to break out into small sessions to discuss why gender disparities exist and what institutions and physicians can do to help balance gender disparity. There was discussion at the end of the hour about formal mentoring and the importance of training and career development at all levels. The workshop was met with enthusiasm and received great feedback. We plan to incorporate this into a webinar in the upcoming months.
We welcome new members to join our DSIG. We communicate year-round using ASPHO’s online member community specifically for the DSIG.
American Academy of Pediatrics. Demographics of women physicians and pediatricians.
American Medical Association. Women in medicine month. Retrieved from https://www.ama-assn.org/member-groups-sections/women-physicians/women-medicine
Association of American Medical Colleges. Table 3. Distribution of U.S. medical school faculty by rank and race/ethnicity.
Kirkwood, M. K., Hanley, A., Bruinooge, S. S., et al. (2018). The state of oncology practice in America, 2018: Results of the ASCO Practice Census survey. Journal of Oncology Practice, 14(7), e412-e420.
United States Census Bureau. QuickFacts: United States. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00.
Clinical Immunology SIG
Now through mid-July, all ASPHO members can view webinars created by the Clinical Immunology SIG over the past year. Read about the upcoming webinar and view past webinars.
Cytopenias, inflammation, and HLH, Oh My!
We are not in Kansas, but the next webinar in the Clinical Immunology SIG’s Immunology for Hematology Oncology Practice (I-HOP) Case-based Webinar Series will feature two great cases from California (UCSF) and Tennessee (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)!
Please join us for this case-based webinar on July 11, at 4:00pm ET. Stay tuned for call-in details!
During this one hour webinar, each fellow trainee will present an interesting hematology / oncology case that will be moderated by a senior member of our ASPHO Clinical Immunology Special Interest Group. Each case presentation and discussion will be 25-30 minutes in length with the goal of highlighting the relevance of immunology in the diagnosis and therapeutic approach in each case. This educational opportunity is intended to be relevant for our trainees and practicing hematologists and oncologists.
Login to view webinars the SIG created in the past year. Each webinar features two cases:
September 20, 2018
- Recurrent pneumonia & hypogammaglobulinemia following lymphoma treatment
- Big Nodes, Combined Immunodeficiency, Great Heme/Onc Case
November 15, 2018
- Failure to thrive, hypogammaglobulinemia, EBV-driven lymphoma following therapy for infant T-cell ALL
- A not-so-classical case of Hodgkin's lymphoma
February 6, 2019
- An adolescent with history of atypical lymphoma presenting with recurrent pancytopenia
- Clawtooth Mountain: A Good Journey of a Baby with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
Enjoy! Access will revert to Clinical Immunology SIG members on July 15.
Advanced Practice Provider SIG (APP SIG)
The Advanced Practice Provider SIG (APP SIG) was formed in 2016 as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among individuals with advanced degrees, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical nurse specialists, as well as the promotion of their role in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology.
The APP SIG had its fourth meeting at the 2019 ASPHO Conference in New Orleans, with 27 attendees at our Saturday morning SIG session. The SIG has shown tremendous growth since its inception, and its 51 members reflect a significant percentage of the Society’s Allied membership.
In the last year we held our first Vice Chair election and are happy to announce that Sarah Hall, PA-C, will be our new Vice Chair. We also utilized the online member community to collaborate with colleagues around the country.
During the APP SIG session in New Orleans we selected two APPs to present their research as we hope to utilize the APP SIG to highlight research that is being done by our members. We also had a productive open discussion where attendees shared current practice issues, projects for which they were seeking input and collaboration, and how best to utilize the SIG. Feedback was also invited about conference and year-round education and activities.
Going forward, we will continue to encourage APPs in the pediatric hematology/oncology/transplant community to become members of ASPHO as well as to join the online community as this is our primary mode of communication and an excellent forum for sharing of ideas, successes and challenges. We will develop programming for both the annual conferences as well as the online community throughout the year with the goal of meeting the needs of our members.
ASPHO’s special interest groups (SIGs) serve as specialized forums for members with similar interests to facilitate collaboration and develop extended resource bases. Learn more about ASPHO's current SIGs. Joining a SIG is simple. Go to 'My Account, Special Interest Groups' and sign up for the SIG communities relevant to your work. Participation is open to all members.
Looking for ways to get involved? Here are a few ideas:
- Write a Special Feature article or a Diversity Corner article for an issue of eNews
- The Special Feature section of eNews is designed to be a personal reflection or opinion piece on broad issues in pediatric hematology/oncology (PHO), that are of interest to ASPHO’s diverse membership.
- The Diversity Corner articles allow members to address diversity and inclusion issues affecting the PHO field.
- Engage fellow members through online communities
- The online clinical forum is a great way to receive feedback from members regarding clinical care and cases, as well as give your feedback, regarding challenges that other members may be encountering.
- Join a special interest group (SIG) to engage and network with other members that share common interests. By joining a SIG, you will have access to the online member community for that particular group.
- Become a mentor or mentee in our popular mentoring program
- Volunteer for an ASPHO committee position
- Applicants can apply year-round, with the committee appointment process taking place each year in the winter months.
- Learn about the different ASPHO committees and complete an application
Cathleen Cook, MD, East Carolina University
Your division of Pediatric Hematology is actively involved in revamping your Bleeding Disorder Clinic. There are currently 3 tasks for improvement that have been selected by the entire group. Each task is assigned to a team consisting of a physician, a nurse, and 1-2 office staff to work together.
More than 1,250 specialists from 28 countries came to New Orleans in May for the 2019 ASPHO Conference, making it the largest conference to date.
Pediatric hematology/oncology (PHO) clinicians, researchers, advanced practice providers, other health care providers, and administrators learned about key issues, scientific advancements, and professional development strategies at interactive and engaging presentations, including numerous educational sessions and 492 papers in both oral and poster format on clinical, translational, and basic science topics.
- a record number of posters and special interest group meetings
- new Clinical Conundrums and Genius Bar programs
- the return of the popular poster tours, speed mentoring, and early career luncheon
- the 6th annual 5K Fun Run/Walk, with the following winners:
- Women's Runners: Nicole Mallory, New York University, and Rema Malone, Washington University in St. Louis
- Men's Runners: Chris Denton, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Matt Dietz, Oregon Health & Science University
- robust activity on Twitter with 271 people posting and sharing 1,385 messages that appeared in almost 3,000,000 Twitter feeds the week of conference
- an Inspiration Graffiti Wall
The Distinguished Career Award was presented to Elliott Vichinsky, MD, of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland; Wilbur Lam, MD PhD, of Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center/Emory University, received the Frank A. Oski Memorial Lectureship Award; and Kenneth McClain, MD PhD, of Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor University received the George R. Buchanan Lectureship Award. Additional awards include ASPHO’s Clinician Educator Award, Young Investigators Award, and Early Career Travel Stipend Awards.
ASPHO is proud to partner with Northwestern Mutual Foundation for the 2019 Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivorship Award for Excellence honoring Smita Bhatia, MD MPH, of University of Alabama Birmingham, and St. Baldrick’s Foundation for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award, which was awarded to two recipients, Dr. Mads Daugaard of the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Prostate Centre at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and Dr. Adam Shlien of the Genetics and Genome Biology program at the Research Institute of The Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.
At the Society’s annual Business Meeting, President Patrick Leavey, MD, shared updates on the strategic plan adopted in 2017, gave an overview of the Society’s membership, and recognized outgoing and incoming Board of Trustee members. Board member Caroline Hastings, MD, presented the Treasurer’s Report, and Pediatric Blood & Cancer Editor-in-Chief Peter Newburger, MD, gave an annual report on the journal.
Thank you to all the volunteers, presenters, sponsors, and attendees who made #ASPHO2019 a success! Special recognition is due to the Conference Planning Committee, led by Donald L. Yee, MD MS, Chair, for developing the education meeting and primary networking event for PHO subspecialists.
The online recording is a valuable reference of voice-over PowerPoint audio recordings from the educational sessions and award presentations presented at the 2019 ASPHO Conference in New Orleans. This information is relevant to pediatric hematology/oncology physicians, practitioners, and investigators as well as hospitalists, advanced care providers, administrators, and other professionals in the field. Purchase the recording today.
Don’t forget to log in and complete the conference evaluation to provide your feedback. Once you complete the evaluation, you can print a certificate for continuing medical education credit.
Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC) Education Program attendee evaluations also are available. Log in with the e-mail address you used to register for the meeting and PBMTC as the password.
Add ASPHO’s conference at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX, May 6-9, 2020, to your calendar!
Explore what 'Fabulous Fort Worth' has to offer!
The ASPHO Conference Planning Committee is now accepting workshop proposals for presentation at the 2020 Conference in Fort Worth.
The deadline to submit a workshop proposal is Thursday, July 25 at 2:59 pm ET.
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Visit ASPHO’s popular Career Center to stay on top of job openings in the field. The Career Center is the go-to source for employment and targeted recruitment opportunities in pediatric hematology/oncology.