ASH Medical Educators Institute, New ASH On Demand Webinars, and more

ASH Emphasizes the Importance of Medical Education Careers With ASH MEI

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Medical Educators Institute (MEI) is designed to develop future leaders in hematology education by providing a “boot camp” in teaching techniques and critical topics in medical education. Participants will also work with a mentor on a scholarly project to be implemented at their home institutions.

The training is designed to build skills and to position junior faculty for successful careers as clinician educators and mentors to future generations of hematologists.

In 2017, the institute will accept 20 participants; it consists of three core activities:

  1. A fall workshop: The program will begin with a mandatory kick-off dinner on October 17 in Washington, DC, followed by a three-day workshop (October 18-20) at ASH Headquarters in Washington, DC. ASH will pay the costs of travel to the program, lodging, and meals for accepted applicants.
  2. A webinar series: The live program will be extended through a series of webinars over the following 12 months.
  3. Mentorship: Faculty for the program will be available to participants as mentors for the completion of a scholarly project as well as for career development.
    The application cycle will open on February 1, 2017, and close on March 31, 2017. Visit for more information.

ASH MEI began in 2016.

Here are a few takeaways from the first institute.

“It was an intense but enjoyable three-day course to jump-start my career as a medical educator. Being in the same room with 30+ medical educators at different levels of their careers provided great insight on career development, networking, and collaboration in educational research.”

Ming Lim, Mb BChir, Medical University of South Carolina (2016 ASH MEI participant)

“ASH MEI is an extremely valuable initiative aiming to create a new generation of educators in hematology. I hope it will enhance the educational culture with a better exchange of experiences and evidence-based teaching practices.”

Adam Giermasz, MD, PhD, University of California Davis Health System (2016 ASH MEI participant)

View Recorded ASH Webinars at Your Leisure Through ASH On Demand

ASH regularly hosts educational webinars that feature presentations by experts in the field. Past webinar topics have included U.S. Food and Drug Administration updates, Medicare updates relevant to practitioners, and ASH meeting previews. A special series previewing the ASH Meeting on Hematologic Malignancies, which will be held in Chicago, IL, September 8-9, 2017, was added in late 2016. Joseph Connors, MD, BC Cancer Agency Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, Vancouver, BC, and Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD, MMSc, Wilmot Cancer Institute, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, spoke about how clinical practice has evolved in recent years and discussed the important conclusions from the previous year’s meeting in a webinar titled “Focus on Lymphoma.”

The second webinar in this series, “Focus on Myeloma” took place in mid-January. For those who could not attend the live webinar or want to revisit the session, a recording will be available on ASH President Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; S. Vincent Rajkumar, MD, Edward W. and Betty Knight Scripps Professor of Medicine Division of Hematology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; and Noopur Suresh Raje, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, touched on the content presented at the previous year’s meeting and then previewed what’s coming down the pike in clinical practice. Visit for information on the meeting.

Recordings of ASH Webinars are available for free streaming from ASH On Demand. Visit

ASH Seeks Editor-in-Chief for The Hematologist

ASH is in the initial stage of the selection process for the next Editor-in-Chief of The Hematologist (term: 2018-2020). Candidates with an MD or equivalent medical degree should have the following: a broad and comprehensive knowledge of basic research and clinical investigation in hematology as well as an appreciation of its subspecialty areas; a distinguished research and publications record; high standing among peers; and demonstrated writing, reviewing, and editing skills.

Members of ASH are invited to submit the names of potential candidates, accompanied by a brief, informal endorsement and a description of the candidate’s editorial experience, to Juana Llorens, Managing Editor, at

The application deadline is February 1, 2017.