American Society of Hematology

Friday Satellite Symposia Guidelines

Please check back in early 2018 for application rates, important deadlines, and access to the FSS application website.

The Friday Satellite Symposia (FSS) are industry-sponsored, CME-certified symposia that are offered the day preceding the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting. These sessions are not part of the official ASH annual meeting program and are planned solely by the sponsoring company.

ASH appreciates its corporate and nonprofit partners for their participation in FSS. The Society values its partnerships and the supportive role that members of this community play in an effort to provide hematologists with quality educational programs.

The 2018 FSS will take place on Friday, November 30, 2018, in San Diego, California.

Program Content

  • The proposed program must be unique and offer the audience information not previously presented during other forums or meetings involving the hematology/oncology community.
  • The proposed program title must be indicative of the symposium content.
  • The proposed objectives should clearly meet the educational needs of the target audience.
  • The program must be presented in an objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous manner.
  • The program cannot promote a specific drug product or service and must meet the policies and guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • The content and format of the CME activity and its related materials must promote improvements or quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business interest.
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CME Accreditation

Only organizations accredited by the ACCME may sponsor CME activities and may award AMA PRA Category One (1) CreditTM. These accredited providers are responsible for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of all CME activities certified for credit.

ASH does not suggest nor approve content or speakers for activities for which it is not the accredited provider. ASH encourages all providers participating in the FSS to review the current ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. These standards, along with tools to implement them, can be found at

  • All of the FSS must provide CME credit, and organizers are responsible for obtaining accreditation.
  • Speakers must disclose relevant conflicts of interest prior to the CME activity. A written disclosure slide must precede each presentation.
  • Speakers must provide appropriate disclosures of non-FDA approved (off-label) uses for drugs and medical devices.
  • References must be included with data and slides.
  • There must be appropriate evaluation of symposium content and speakers, as well as a final attendance count. Please email evaluation summary to
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Scoring Process

FSS applicants may not contact the study section, ASH members, or the ASH Executive Committee to influence selection for the FSS presentations. No recommendations and/or letters of support will be accepted for any application.

  • Applications will be scored based on the information provided. This score will determine which symposia are selected as well as determine whether the preferred time slot is assigned. ASH cannot guarantee the preferred time slot or a separate room for food functions. In addition, ASH cannot guarantee FSS will be scheduled during a different time from other presentations covering similar topics.
  • A formal study section will score applications based on the quality of the proposal. The study section will be looking for scientific merit, audience interest in the topic, and uniqueness of the symposium (i.e. not similar to any of the ASH education or scientific sessions, or duplicating one of last year’s FSS).
  • The study section’s scores are confidential and the decision of the study section is final.
  • All relevant information should be included in the written application.
  • After the study section scores the applications, ASH will e-mail letters to each contact person listed on the application. The contact person for each approved symposium will also receive detailed instructions about logistics (room assignments, food functions, venue, audio/visual contacts, etc.), as well as an invoice and letter of agreement.
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