At the end of the month, more than 25,000 oncology professionals from around the world will meet in Chicago for the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting. Will you be joining this global community? As you’re beginning to consider what to pack for your trip, keep in mind that you have a host of electronic resources at your fingertips that will help you plan your meeting and enhance your onsite experience.
The mobile-friendly Attendee Resource Center (am.asco.org/arc) serves as your one-stop shop for all Annual Meeting resources. Through this portal, you have access to everything you need before, during, and after the meeting.
Build Your Itinerary and Browse Abstracts Beforehand
Build your meeting itinerary on your computer or mobile device with the iPlanner, a scheduling tool that allows you to search presentations and add them to your schedule and lineup of selected recordings. Search by session, speaker, or abstract, and narrow down sessions of interest with this helpful tool.
The iPlanner is available as a mobile app (available for Apple and Android devices) and as an online version. Conveniently, both versions automatically sync, so an itinerary you build on your computer will be available to you onsite at the meeting via your mobile device. The iPlanner also offers an additional exciting feature, new this year: the ability to claim continuing medical education (CME) credit while in a session.
Browse and download abstracts of interest from the Annual Meeting Proceedings Part I, available in several digital formats. This publication will be available after the May 14 abstract launch at 5:00 PM (EDT) via abstracts.asco.org. It can be downloaded as a PDF (with a by track or full download option) or as an ePub file (for iPads and Nooks).
Review articles written by Annual Meeting faculty in the ASCO Educational Book. This peer-reviewed publication highlights standards of care and offers insight into future therapeutic possibilities in oncology. It is searchable by author, topic, title, track, or keyword. Download the ASCO Educational Book as a PDF (with a by track or full download option), ePub file (for iPads and Nooks), or mobi file (for Kindles).
Stay Up to Date During the Annual Meeting
The online Attendee Resource Center also offers a host of resources that will streamline and enhance your Annual Meeting experience once you arrive in Chicago. Access videos and podcasts, find shuttle schedules, easily locate exhibitors, and read editions of the ASCO Daily News—all on the go.
Virtual Meeting resources are also available through the Attendee Resource Center, equipping you with the ability to revisit favorite sessions or those you missed. While in a session, log in to the Attendee Resource Center to request Certificates of Attendance and submit Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requests.
Earn MOC Credit at the Annual Meeting
With the recent changes to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) MOC requirements, ASCO recognizes it is more important than ever to provide opportunities to earn points more frequently. The 2014 Annual Meeting will feature two activities to help attendees earn MOC points while onsite at the meeting.
The Annual Meeting Core Session MOC Self-Assessment Activity is designed for attendees who want to refresh their knowledge, update their skills, or prepare for their board certification or MOC examination. Registrants will complete a pre-examination to identify areas of educational need, receive a list of suggested Core Education Sessions to attend to fill knowledge gaps, and assess their improvement with an online postexamination. After successful completion of the postexamination, participants will be eligible to claim 10 MOC points in Self-Assessment of Medical Knowledge.
The registration deadline for the Core Session MOC Self-Assessment Activity is May 16, 2014.
The Maintenance of Certification and Lifelong Learning Workshop is a 3.5-hour interactive session that will use audience response technology to review one ABIM medical oncology self-evaluation program module. Each of the module’s 30 multiple-choice questions will be reviewed through detailed group discussion led by expert faculty. At the completion of the session, diplomates will be able to submit their answers to the ABIM for MOC credit. Registration for this session is open to all meeting attendees; however, those enrolled in the ABIM Maintenance of Certification process will receive first priority.
The Maintenance of Certification and Lifelong Learning session will take place on Friday, May 30, from 1:00 to 4:30 PM and will utilize the ABIM 2013 Update in Medical Oncology module. Visit am.asco.org, select “Registration and Hotel Information,” then “Maintenance of Certification” in the left navigation bar to learn more about these opportunities.
And don’t forget that you can claim CME credit and submit MOC requests during and after the meeting via the mobile or online versions of the iPlanner.
Review Supplementary Products at the ASCO University Bookstore
Plan to stop by the ASCO University Bookstore during the meeting to try new ASCO products, find the latest titles, and receive technical help from ASCO staff. The bookstore, which will be located in both the Oncology Professionals Hall and Concierge Services, features product demonstrations by expert staff, who will showcase ASCO University’s suite of products, including the Oncology Slide Library and the newest edition of ASCO-SEP®, featuring all-new self-assessment questions, an Online Question Bank, an eBook component, and ASCO Flashcards—a new app to help you test your knowledge.
View Videos and Podcasts of Presentations via Virtual Meeting
Onsite or at your computer, you have access to the Virtual Meeting. The Virtual Meeting and its companion product, the ASCO iMeeting app, provide video and podcast access to completed meeting presentations. You’re able to access meeting presentations in a variety of convenient ways:
Personal computer. View presentations via streaming video. Search presentations by session title, author, or track.
Podcast. Download audio from your selected presentations to your handheld device. Pick and choose the presentations you want to hear at your convenience.
Mobile devices. A mobile-friendly site (meetinglibrary.asco.org/vm) is available for accessing Virtual Meeting on smartphones or other web-enabled devices.
ASCO iMeeting app for iPad. Stream meeting presentations and save videos for offline viewing on this iPad app. The app will be available to iPad users later this month. ■
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