A Call for a Uniform Subspecialty Fellowship Training Start Date, Choosing Wisely Champions, and more

ASH Supports the Call for a Uniform Subspecialty Fellowship Training Start Date

According to the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine’s (AAIM) white paper: “At present, training programs and their sponsoring institutions vary widely in the timing of institutional orientation and fellowship/advanced residency training start dates. Some institutions conduct orientation programs before the scheduled completion of the initial training program, which leads to conflicts for the resident between current and future obligations. AAIM believes that requiring residents to report for fellowship before completion of residency training is disruptive to medical education, creates unnecessary stress for the residents, and risks violating federal labor laws and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) graduate medical education funding rules. Adoption of July 1 as the earliest start date for all training and orientation activities can be endorsed internally by AAIM institutions and would resolve these conflicts.”

ASH endorses the following recommendations from the AAIM white paper:

  1. Adoption, in 2016, of July 1 as the earliest start date, inclusive of all required on-site program and institutional orientation activities, for subspecialty fellowship in internal medicine and advanced training, for which internal medicine core training is required.
  2. Provision of adequate time for completion of Internet-based orientation modules after the start of the fellowship training program. Internet-based orientation modules must not be required to be completed by the day of orientation. Institutions should be mindful of the time necessary to complete training modules and the impact on the other educational needs of residents as they complete internal medicine training.

ASH encourages program directors to work within their institutions to end the encroachment of fellowship orientation activities on the completion of residency.

ASH to Recognize Choosing Wisely Champions Submit Your Nomination

In cooperation with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, ASH is introducing a new annual recognition, the “Choosing Wisely Champions.” Each year, three individuals will be invited to present on successful strategies that they have developed and implemented in their practice, institution, or hospital system. The inaugural Choosing Wisely Champions will present their work at the Choosing Wisely session at the 58th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

The goal of Choosing Wisely Champions is to recognize the efforts of practitioners who are working to eliminate costly and potentially harmful overuse of common tests and procedures, and to provide annual meeting attendees with an opportunity to learn about projects that might be translated to their own practices. ASH will also explore opportunities to share successful approaches with the hematology community via the development of toolkits and other materials.

The deadline for submitting an application is June 16, 2016. Self-nominations are encouraged.

For more information, including eligibility and how to apply, go to www.hematology.org/Clinicians/Guidelines-Quality/Choosing-Wisely/5193.aspx.

Application Deadline Approaching for Medical Educators Institute

Apply by April 22 to be a part of ASH’s new Medical Educators Institute (MEI). This three-day workshop provides hematologists who are new to medical education careers a “boot camp” in teaching techniques, fundamentals of medical education research, and career-development essentials. This competitive training and mentoring program is modeled after ASH’s highly successful Clinical Research Training Institute in which participants learn from experts and interact with similarly inclined faculty in a focused, intensive, small-group setting.

Participants will be given the tools they need to excel as educators and role models at their own institutions and will develop and complete a scholarly project in hematology education over the year following the program with the help of an assigned mentor.

Costs for travel to the program, lodging, and meals will be covered by ASH. Visit www.hematology.org/Educators/4692.aspx for application information.

Registration is open for the following ASH meetings:

ASH Meeting on Lymphoma Biology
June 18-21, 2016
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

ASH Workshop on Genome Editing
July 14-15, 2016
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

COMING SOON: ASH Meeting on Hematologic Malignancies
September 16-17, 2016
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL