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Pre-Annual Meeting Seminars

ASCO will offer five in-depth educational opportunities dedicated to topics of interest in the oncology community. Each seminar will be held onsite at McCormick Place, from 12:30 PM on Thursday, May 28, until 11:00 AM on Friday, May 29. The seminars are as follows:

  • The Economics of Cancer Care (New in 2015)
    The aim of this seminar is to educate attendees, both ASCO member and non-ASCO members, on current challenges and opportunities in cancer economics.  The overarching theme of the seminar is “value in cancer care.” The Seminar will be broken into five components: (1) trends in spending, use and pricing of cancer treatment; (2) the basics of reimbursement and coverage decision-making; (3) lessons from innovative reimbursement, coverage and treatment models; (4) options for reimbursement reform; and (5) current and innovative strategies for rewarding research and development in cancer therapeutics and diagnostics.  Speakers are drawn from the most prominent academic researchers in economics, health economics, and health services research and physicians, insurers and drug and diagnostic manufacturers.

  • Faculty Development for Medical Educators: Advancing My Career and Teaching Reperoire (New in 2015)
    This seminar will provide ASCO members with an interest in medical education with an interactive workshop covering three key topics important to educations (1) personal career development, (2) teaching in the NAS age, (3) leveraging technology for teaching. The establishment of a successful faculty development program in medical education could facilitate educational change and improvements within the teaching and learning environment. The establishment of a faculty development program in medical education could also provide ASCO members with a more in-depth and comprehensive approach for strengthening the expertise required to lead the educational mission of ASCO.

  • Hematology for the Oncologist
    This seminar will focus on benign hematologic issues which medical oncologists commonly encounter in a consultative practice. Topics covered will include the etiology and treatment of disorders of red cells, platelets, myeloproliferative syndromes, bleeding and clotting disorders, and other problems in benign hematology.

  • New Drugs in Oncology
    This seminar's focus will be the theoretical and practical aspects of both recently approved drugs and those on their way to approval. Topics covered will include mechanisms of action, administration, toxicity and side-effect management, and use in the clinic.

  • Genetics and Genomics for the Practicing Clinician
    This seminar will focus on cancer genomics and cancer genetics specifically for the clinician. It will cover both tumor and inherited genetic variation, as well as explain the variety of tests available to the clinician and when they should be administered. 

These live activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.