How to Improve Your Practice Using ASCO University® Resources

How to Improve Your Practice Using ASCO University® Resources 

Travis Osterman, credit Todd Buchanan
Dr. Filipa Lynce
Dr. Catherine Lai
The ASCO Daily News spoke with three ASCO members about their experience using ASCO University® resources in their practice. In the following article, the members discuss their top four products and why they would recommend them to other oncologists and clinical researchers.

Personalized Learning Dashboard

Participants can use the Personalized Learning Dashboard to take a quick self-assessment of their preferred learning styles and current knowledge, and then a personalized learning plan will guide them through their preparation for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam. The Personalized Learning Dashboard offers learners videos, text-based articles, audio podcasts, and eLearning courses that use actual exam questions.

Travis Osterman, DO, of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, credits the Personalized Learning Dashboard with helping him gauge areas of weakness in his knowledge base along with offering recommendations on how to address them.

“The Personalized Learning Dashboard will fill a need that has been voiced frequently by trainees, that they need a way to evaluate their knowledge,” Dr. Osterman said. “Before the Personalized Learning Dashboard, this would typically occur only once a year during ASCO in-service exams.”

But now, in what Dr. Osterman calls a “breakthrough moment for ASCO University,” the Personalized Learning Dashboard “balances the wide breadth of material with different learning styles to allow trainees to use information that best suits them at any time.”

Courses

ASCO University offers courses in 10 different tumor types, as well as nine additional oncology topics, including patient and survivor care, professional development, and ethics.

Dr. Osterman said that he uses the Molecular Oncology Tumor Boards, a series of monthly discussion-based courses on using and interpreting tumor molecular profiling tests and studies, “to get up-to-date information, as the field changes so frequently.” 

“It’s a great opportunity to see what expert opinions are in the field,” Dr. Osterman said.

Like Dr. Osterman, Filipa Lynce, MD, of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, uses the Molecular Oncology Tumor Boards to keep her engaged with the most up-to-date oncology material.

Dr. Lynce says she also uses ASCO University courses that are specific to her specialization and research interests.

“As an oncologist, I have completed different courses that are of particular relevance for my areas of interest, such as the Immuno-Oncology Program or the Cancer Genetics Program,” Dr. Lynce said.

Catherine Lai, MD, MPH, of the National Institutes of Health, said, regardless of the course a learner chooses, ASCO University offers participants the opportunity to explore different topics in oncology and gain new perspectives on familiar ones.

“These courses are especially good for learners who came from smaller institutions who may not encounter all tumor types to ensure the gap is filled where knowledge is deficient,” Dr. Lai said. “Alternatively, those at large institutions may gain a perspective that was not considered previously.”

MOC

ASCO University offers a number of different preparation materials for the MOC exam. These include ASCO-SEP®, 5th Edition, a traditional test-prep book that includes a general review of topics and questions from the exam, as well as the ASCO MOC app courses, which prompt users with weekly questions and answer rationales from the exam.

Dr. Lai and Dr. Lynce both said ASCO-SEP and the ASCO MOC app courses are useful for first-time exam preparation and recertification.

“For example, 10 years from now, if I’m only seeing patients with leukemia, the MOC app will allow me to stay informed about the latest treatments in the other tumor types,” Dr. Lai said. “Oncology is becoming more sub-
specialized, but I still want to know the most recent advances in other cancers.”

Outside of exam preparation, Dr. Lynce also uses ASCO University’s MOC resources to keep her general oncology knowledge fresh. She said that it also helps when preparing talks for residents and fellows, and it helps them prepare for their own boards.

Meeting Videos and Slides

Meeting Videos and Slides is an archive of scientific and educational content from ASCO-sponsored and -cosponsored symposia and meetings. The library contains presentation slides, videos, and links to abstracts and related content for most sessions.

Dr. Lynce uses the Meeting Videos and Slides to review general oncology topics, while Dr. Lai relies on its content to teach oncology fellows about the most recent studies, as well as clinical trial design. 

“If you miss a session or want to see it again, you can go back to it in the Meeting Videos and Slides and re-watch the presentation again or pull up the slides,” Dr. Lai said. “It’s helpful when I teach fellows, and I want to show them a graph from a presentation.”

For more information on ASCO University’s products and resources, visit university.asco.org or stop by the ASCO University Booth onsite, Oncology Professionals Hall, ASCO Central, Booth 7004. 

–Danielle Prieur