In This Issue
ASPHO Strategic Goals
Joanne Hilden, MD
This time of year marks a period of many holidays, and time seems to inexplicably move at a faster pace. Despite this hectic activity, I want everyone to take a moment to think about your achievements from the past year and how ASPHO has been instrumental in supporting them. One of ASPHO’s primary goals is to help reinforce the pediatric hematology/oncology community by championing the efforts of pediatric hematology/oncology professionals and offering a number of benefits to members.
Are You Making the Most of Your ASPHO Membership?
As a member of this exceptional peer community, you have access to advanced knowledge, leading research, feedback, and mentoring. There is a multitude of ways to tap into these resources.
Attend Our Educational Events.
- ASPHO’s Annual Meeting offers attendees superior educational programming from nationally known experts in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology—and ASPHO members receive a discounted rate to attend.
- ASPHO’s Review Course is a great resource for anyone preparing for the initial American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Certification Exam or Part 3 of the ABP Maintenance of Certification program—but especially so for ASPHO members, who receive a special discount on the review course registration.
- Webinars provide convenient opportunities to interact with and learn from experts in the field. Recorded sessions are free and allow visitors to access valuable content on demand.
Access Valuable Publications.
- An annual subscription to Pediatric Blood & Cancer, ASPHO’s official journal (published monthly), is included as part of your membership. The journal publishes manuscripts describing basic and clinical investigations of blood disorders and malignant diseases of childhood, including diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, etiology, biology, and molecular and clinical genetics of these diseases as they affect children, adolescents, and young adults.
- ASPHO eNews and eAlerts digitally deliver news about ASPHO and the field, including important announcements and deadline-specific content.
- ASPHO news briefs are designed for busy professionals in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology. ASPHO members can receive this weekly e-mail news service summarizing professional news, trends, and updates.
- The compensation survey, which was last completed in 2010, will be released in November 2015. ASPHO has developed and distributed a compensation survey for its members every 5 years, with the goal of obtaining comprehensive subspecialty compensation and productivity data for use in practice management. The compensation survey is free to members; nonmembers have the opportunity to purchase it.
Get Involved in Leadership Opportunities.
- Make a difference in the field by participating in committees or task forces. For a list of committees and task forces, visit aspho.org/about/committees.
- Special interest groups (SIGs) also provide an opportunity to engage in the organization. Members with similar interests and challenges can make connections with each other and develop resource bases by joining ASHPHO SIGS covering topics including diversity, global pediatric hematology oncology, palliative care, and vascular anomalies.
Participate in the Mentoring Program.
Enhance your professional development by participating in ASPHO’s Mentoring Program. If you are an early-career pediatric hematologist/oncologist, you have the opportunity to connect with senior faculty for career mentoring. If you are a veteran in the field looking to give back, you can participate as a mentor.
Interact in the Online Member Community.
A vibrant discussion is always happening on ASPHO’s online member forum. Get in touch with other members to share information and ask questions within this professional community.
I am proud to be part of such a dynamic organization that is constantly looking to support its members. Please let us know if there are areas of improvement, or if you have ideas for how we can better meet your needs. If you are as big a fan of this professional community as I am, I encourage you to share the benefits of ASPHO membership with your peers who are not members. Our greatest strength is our members.
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Allison Grady, APNP, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Rebecca Schreier, DO, Sanford Children’s Specialty Clinic, Sioux Falls, SD
Sam Milanovich, MD, Sanford Children’s Specialty Clinic, Sioux Falls, SD
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Join your colleagues in supporting Enriching the Future, ASPHO’s campaign to expand professional development resources in key areas of need identified by members.
With your support, the Enriching the Future campaign is working to bring more knowledge to the profession by establishing and funding award programs, including Clinician Educator Awards, International and Early-Career Travel awards, and the upcoming Visiting Professorships, all of which are presented at the annual meeting.
2015 CLINICIAN EDUCATOR AWARDS
Drs. Mark Atlas and Erika Friehling received the 2015 Clinician Educator Awards at the annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ, this May.
The award funds up to $10,000 to each recipient to develop scholarly curriculum projects that integrate research and advanced training for clinician educators. Designed to promote scholarship in medical education and reinforce the hematology/oncology career path, the award also requires awardees to produce a scholarly work that can be applied by the ASPHO member community and training institutions.
Mark Atlas, MD, is undertaking a project that will provide fellows with a foundation in practical genetics/genomics incorporating curriculum development, curriculum and participant learning evaluations, and the development of leadership skills in medical education. Believing that “a practical understanding of both the genetics and genomics of childhood cancer will only increase in importance over the course of our trainees’ careers,” Dr. Atlas states that “providing a solid basis in these areas for pediatric hematologist/oncologists will be essential to the care of future patients and the conduct of research, both basic science and translational.” Dr. Atlas works at the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York and serves as associate professor of pediatrics at Hofstra-North Shore LIF School of Medicine; Head, Brain, and Spinal Cord Tumor Center ; and director of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program .
Dr. Erika Friehling’s project will deliver a longitudinal, clinically based dyadic mentoring experience for pediatric residents that will improve their preparedness for subspecialty fellowship by promoting self-directed learning and reflective practice. Dr. Friehing describes the impact and significance of the project by stating that “residents will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to care for children with cancer from [the] time of diagnosis throughout the patient’s therapy.” Dr. Erika Friehling is assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA.
Join your peers and support Enriching the Future today! You can help ensure healthy professional development throughout the pediatric hematology/oncology field.
Diversity SIG Reaches Out to Medical Students in Phoenix During the 2015 ASPHO Annual Meeting Emily Riehm Meier, MD, and Maria C. Velez, MD During the 2015 ASPHO Annual Meeting in Phoenix, the Diversity Special Interest Group (DSIG) organized the first outreach session for medical students in the hosting city at the University of Arizona.
Diversity SIG Reaches Out to Medical Students in Phoenix During the 2015 ASPHO Annual Meeting
Emily Riehm Meier, MD, and Maria C. Velez, MD
During the 2015 ASPHO Annual Meeting in Phoenix, the Diversity Special Interest Group (DSIG) organized the first outreach session for medical students in the hosting city at the University of Arizona. The goal of this program is to involve the students in one-on-one interactions with members of the DSIG and inform them about our profession and its different career paths. However, the main purpose of this initiative is to reach out to the students in the hosting city of our annual meeting and engage these young, bright minds—regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, disability, geographic, or socioeconomic status—to augment the pipeline of future generations of ASPHO membership and leaders.
The session included a synopsis of the training required for pediatric hematology/oncology (PHO) practitioners; examples of career path options; and a look into “a week in the life” of a basic science researcher, a clinical/translational researcher, and a clinician/educator. Dr. Paul Imbach gave the keynote lecture highlighting the importance of clinical observations in making his discovery of using intravenous immunoglobulin as a therapy for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Attendees were given a questionnaire to provide feedback on the session; completion of the survey was anonymous and voluntary.
Eighteen first-year medical students attended the session, from a class of 80, and 11 completed evaluations. At the time of the ASPHO Annual Meeting, only the first-year medical students were on campus and final exams were approaching, which the student participants felt limited attendance. Despite these challenges, the session was very well-received and increased interest in PHO as a subspecialty, as evidenced by scalar measures from the survey. Prior to the start of the session, attendees rated their interest in PHO as 2.8 (mean) on a 5 point scale, with 1 being “very interested” and a rating of 5 indicating “very disinterested.” At the completion of the session, interest in PHO increased to a mean of 2.09. Ten of the 11 respondents found the session “extremely useful” or “quite useful” in considering a career in PHO and identified the training outline and career path lectures as the most informative.
Quotes from attendees:
“I thought it was a great session. I learned a lot about the field and potential career options. So I am glad I came.”
“This was a wonderful presentation, and I greatly appreciate each of the unique perspectives of each presenter. I definitely feel that I know more about the field of pediatric hematology/oncology, which I appreciate as someone with a desire to pursue a pediatric subspecialty. My only suggestion for improvement would be to discuss the clinical aspect a little more, if time permits. Thank you again for being here!”
Sharing our passion for our specialty with the medical students was a very rewarding experience for the faculty presenters, as well. For the DSIG, the long-term goal is to continue sponsoring these sessions every year for medical students in the ASPHO Annual Meeting host city, and to measure the impact over 5- and 10-year periods.
Take the online review course and review for Part 3 of the American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in a Subspecialty Program.
ASPHO offers an online review course to help you prepare for the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) MOC and Subspecialty Certification Examination. This course is designed for physicians planning to take the ABP examination for initial certification in pediatric hematology/oncology, as well as for those preparing for Part 3 of the ABP Program for Maintenance of Certification in Pediatric Subspecialties. Purchase your review course now!
The Online Review Course features
- More than 300 multiple-choice, self-assessment questions
- Flexibility to study when your schedule permits, with 24-hour access to recordings
- 23 1-hour presentations containing slides synchronized with audio recordings
- Two slide review sessions on peripheral blood and bone marrow morphology
- CME credit for each completed lecture
- Unlimited use—view the presentations as many times as you like until March 31, 2017.
Mark your calendars for the 2015–2016 webinar series!
Have you registered for the next ASPHO webinar? Register now for the Tuesday, October 27, webinar at 3 pm CST!
This webinar will be co-presented by Shannon Maude, MD PhD, of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Lia Gore, MD, of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Dr. Maude will focus on the development of chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) as a strategy to target leukemia using gene transfer. She will discuss the various clinical trials underway utilizing CAR-CD19 therapies for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and review clinical scenarios in which CAR therapy might be considered as the approach to managing toxicities when caring for patients in treatment.
Dr. Gore will focus on blinatumomab and related therapies given the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its use. She will review the challenges presented when treating patients and helpful strategies for practitioners when using this type of therapy.
- Discuss the scientific background regarding the mechanism of immune-based therapy for relapsed leukemia
- Identify patients who could benefit from these types of therapies
- Recognize specific toxicities of these therapies and learn how and when to intervene.
You can access previous webinars in the Knowledge Center.
Submit your papers and posters and present at the Annual Meeting!
The ASPHO Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts for papers and posters to be presented at the 29th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, May 11–14, 2016. Abstracts must be original basic, clinical, or social science abstracts that relate to the field of pediatric hematology and oncology. Submitted abstracts should focus on a topic such as hemostasis, thrombosis, vascular biology, case studies, red cells, hematology, leukemia solid tumors, bone marrow transplant, or quality improvement. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Submit your abstract
Now accepting applications!
ASPHO is now accepting applications for the Young Investigator awards! Those who submit an abstract and meet the eligibility requirements may submit an application for one of two ASPHO Young Investigator Awards. The Young Investigator Award was established in 1989 to formally recognize excellence in research in pediatric hematology and oncology. The Young Investigator Travel Stipend Award has been established to provide funding for deserving young investigators to attend the ASPHO Annual Meeting to present their work. These awards will be presented at the annual meeting. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
Elect your leaders for 2016-2017!
The ASPHO Nominating Committee is soliciting nominations for candidates for elected positions on the Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee.
This is your chance to nominate members who have demonstrated a dedication to ASPHO and in the pediatric hematology/oncology profession.
Please consider nominating yourself or another qualified member for the open positions on the 2016 Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee.
The following positions are open for nominations:
- Vice president
- Two board of trustees-at-large
- Two Nominating Committee members.
To learn more about position descriptions and eligibility, visit the ASPHO election page. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 6.
This year’s annual meeting DVD includes 56 hours of synchronized audio recordings and slides from 7 platform sessions, 25 educational sessions, and 4 special interest group meetings.
The DVD is a great resource for pediatric hematologists/oncologists at all career levels. You will have convenient access to the session recordings without downloads or access codes. Quantities are limited. The DVD is available for $99. Purchase now.
29th Annual Meeting
May 11-14, 2016
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
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