Developing and Sustaining an Effective and Resilient Oncology Careforce: A Workshop

When: February 11, 2019 - February 12, 2019 (8:00 AM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (100) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Diseases, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Quality and Patient Safety
Activity: National Cancer Policy Forum
Board: Board on Health Care Services

Rapid advances in cancer research, new technological innovations, the expanding clinical evidence base, and changing demographics are all transforming the landscape of cancer care. As the US population ages, more people are being diagnosed with cancer, but the mortality rate is declining and thus the population of long-term cancer survivors is growing. Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment, including the growth in precision oncology therapies, have improved outcomes for patients with cancer, but have also increased the complexity of cancer care. Reflecting this complexity, the delivery of high-quality care is dependent on effective teamwork, transparency, and collaboration among health care professionals, patients, and their families.

Given these trends, there is a need to ensure the availability of an effective and well-coordinated oncology careforce that can provide high-quality care to people diagnosed with cancer. The oncology careforce includes the spectrum of health care professionals taking care of patients with cancer (e.g., physicians, nurses, and other clinicians), as well as home care workers, volunteers, and family caregivers. 

This National Cancer Policy Forum workshop will provide a venue for the cancer community to examine the impact of evolving trends in cancer incidence and care on the oncology careforce. A primary goal of the workshop is to consider opportunities to enhance the delivery of high-quality patient care by improving the development and support of the oncology careforce. The workshop will feature invited presentations and panel discussions on topics that may include:

  • Factors in the oncology care setting that contribute to inefficiencies, clinician burnout, and reduced quality of care, as well as potential systems interventions to address these issues.
  • Approaches to stratify and optimize care across the cancer care continuum.
  • The impact of new payment models.
  • Strategies to improve the recruitment, training, mentorship, and retention of oncology care professionals.
  • Approaches to enhance cancer care competencies across the spectrum of non-oncology care providers, from physicians and advanced practice nurses to family caregivers.
  • Opportunities for collaboration and information-sharing among health care providers and across clinical specialties to identify best practices for careforce coordination and utilization.

The National Cancer Policy Forum is collaborating with the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education to conduct this workshop.


Planning Committee Members
Lisa Kennedy Sheldon (co-chair), Oncology Nursing Society
Lawrence Shulman (co-chair), University of Pennsylvania
Amy Abernethy, Flatiron Health 
Edward Benz, Jr., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School
Robert Carlson, National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Clese Erikson, The George Washington University 
Stanton Gerson, Association of American Cancer Institutes
Lori Hoffman Hōgg, Department of Veterans Affairs
Ruth Nemire, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Randall A. Oyer, Lancaster General Penn Medicine 
David Siegel, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Virginia Valentin, University of Utah School of Medicine
Robert Winn, University of Illinois at Chicago


Speakers, Moderators, and Panelists

Anthony Back, University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Edward Benz, Jr., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Otis Brawley, Johns Hopkins University

Suanna Steeby Bruinooge, American Society of Clinical Oncology

Howard "Skip" Burris, Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Cynthia Cantril, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

Robert Carlson, National Comprehensive Cancer Network

John Cox, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Susan Dentzer, Duke University

Hildy Dillon, Cancer Support Community

Lori Hoffman Hogg, Department of Veterans Affairs

Mark Hyde, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Linda Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center

Ronald Kline, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Mia Levy, Rush University Cancer Center

Jill Lowery, US Department of Veterans Affairs and Duke University

Hugh Ma, RobinCare

Kathi Mooney, University of Utah

Ruth Nemire, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Brenda Nevidjon, Oncology Nursing Society

Randall Oyer, Lancaster General Health

Harold Paz, Aetna

Diane Portman, Moffitt Cancer Center

Eben Rosenthal, Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center

Kathleen Schmeler, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mary Jackson Scroggins, Pinkie Hugs, LLC

Mary Sesto, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, Oncology Nursing Society

Scott Shipman, Association of American Medical Colleges

Lawrence Shulman, University of Pennsylvania

Samuel Takvorian, University of Pennsylvania 

Courtney Harold Van Houtven, Duke University and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

More information about the workshop will be forthcoming.

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