Committee on Training
Alison Loren, MD, MS ('18)
Ted Wun, MD, FACP, FRCPA ('18)
Donald M. Arnold, MD ('18)
Hetty Carraway, MD, MBA ('19)
Leslie Renee Ellis, MD, MSHPEd ('18)
Morie A. Gertz, MD ('20)
Jennifer C. Kesselheim, MD, MEd ('17)
Ann LaCasce, MD, MSc ('20)
Alfred Ian Lee, MD, PhD ('19)
Rakesh Mehta, MD ('19)
Martha P. Mims, MD, PhD ('18)
Rebecca L. Olin, MD ('21)
Angela Smith, MD, MS ('20)
Gerald A. Soff, MD ('19)
Julian Sprague, MD, PhD ('19)
Felicitas R. Thol, MD ('18)
Ex Officio Members
Kenneth C. Anderson, MD ('17) - President
Alice D. Ma, MD ('17) - Chair, ISE Test Materials Development Group
Elaine A. Muchmore, MD - Liaison, ACGME Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine (RRC-IM)
Roy L. Silverstein, MD ('19) - Vice President
Alexis Thompson, MD, MPH ('18) - President-Elect
Kenneth Cohen, MD ('17) - Chair, Teaching Cases Subcommittee
Leidy Isenalumhe, MD,MS ('18) - Chair, Trainee Council
Robby J Reynolds, MPH
The Committee on Training seeks to foster high-quality training programs in clinical and research hematology for pre- and post-doctoral trainees, provides career and educational opportunities for hematology trainees in a variety of settings, offers support and guidance for training program directors and educators, and serves as the ASH liaison with other organizations involved in aspects of hematology training.
The Committee on Training participates in developing guidelines regarding hematology training program content, levels and kinds of exposure to clinical and laboratory problems, and mastery of required procedures. The Committee offers career development, mentorship, and didactic educational opportunities for hematology trainees in areas such as grantsmanship. Regarding issues that relate to hematology training, the Committee is the primary liaison with organizations such as the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Association of Subspecialty Professors (ASP), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
The structure of the Committee on Training allows the Chair to oversee all aspects of its mandate while providing other committee members with leadership opportunities. In accordance with ASH committee policies, subcommittees are composed of members of the Committee on Training as well as other ASH members in good standing (i.e. dues paid). The Committee on Training provides representation and advocacy for training program directors and hematology program development. The chair of the ISE Test Materials Development Group (hematology in-service examination development group; not an ASH committee) serves as an ex officio member of the Committee on Training and reports as necessary and/or appropriate on any issues regarding the exam. The liaisons from the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine (RRC-IM) also serve as ex officio members of the Committee on Training.
The work of the Committee on Training is divided into six primary areas of responsibility:
1. Medical Education: Ensure a voice and presence for hematology in undergraduate (medical school) and graduate (residency, fellowship) medical education, including creating educational tools and influencing policy.
Medical Education Subcommittee – This subcommittee focuses on ACGME issues and is responsible for hematology course director outreach and the hematology in-service exam.
Teaching Cases Subcommittee – This subcommittee supervises the development and revision of Teaching Cases and their presentation in an interactive online format.
2. Mentorship: Oversee the Trainee Council.
Trainee Council – This subgroup is under the purview of the Committee on Training; the Chair and one member of the Committee on Training serve as liaison members to the Trainee Council. The Trainee Council meets once at ASH Headquarters and once at the ASH annual meeting.
3. Research Training: Oversee the Clinical Research Training Institute.
Clinical Research Training Institute Steering Subcommittee – This subcommittee provides guidance for the Clinical Research Training Institute in its current structure.
4. Awards: Administer and evaluate the ASH training awards portfolio.
Training Awards Subcommittee – This subcommittee provides oversight for the following ASH training-related awards and the study section process for each: Research Training Award for Fellows, Hematology Opportunities for the Next Generation (HONORS), and Physician Scientist Career Development Award. The chair of this subcommittee serves as a liaison member to the Awards Committee.
5. Program Directors: Provide representation and advocacy for training program directors and hematology program development.
6. Outreach: Develop, secure approval for, and implement strategies and tactics to educate medical students, graduate students, and residents about hematology and careers in the subspecialty as well as about ASH and ways to become involved in the Society.
Hematology Outreach Subcommittee – This subcommittee is responsible for the development and maintenance of a strategic plan for outreach to medical students and residents.
Members of the Committee on Training are required to attend two one-day meetings per at ASH Headquarters, generally in April and October.
The Chairs of the Teaching Cases Subcommittee and Trainee Council serve as liaison members of the Committee on Training. Members of the Committee on Training serve as liaisons to the Committee on Communications and the CME Accreditation Subcommittee (of the Committee on Educational Affairs); the liaisons are expected to attend the meetings of those committees. The Chair of the Committee on Training serves as a liaison member of the Program Committee and is expected to attend the meetings of that committee.
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