Joint Topic: Advanced Practice Provider Postgraduate Training Programs — Developing an Advanced Practice Provider Postgraduate Training Program for Pediatric Oncology Programs (207-1)

5:00 – 6:00 pm Thursday, October 28

Advanced practice providers (APPs) are fundamental members of the pediatric oncology team, often acting as a continuous presence during the child’s treatment journey. With the rapid pace of treatment advances and an increase in the acuity of pediatric oncology patients, we know that generalized pediatric training does not adequately prepare us to care for children with cancer.

Physicians providing care to children with cancer receive more than 25,000 hours of supervised training; nurse practitioners and physician assistants in even the top programs receive only 1,000 hours of training. The purpose of a postgraduate training program is to provide a protected period of training and continual feedback, support, and mentoring. An oncology-focused program can provide a clinical and academic foundation in oncology, building on the APP's pre-existing general pediatric knowledge with an end goal of providing high-quality care to complex pediatric oncology patients. This talk will describe innovative methods and ideas for developing a rigorous training program that includes mentored clinical practice and didactics. We will discuss ways to utilize interdisciplinary education between physician colleagues and APPs, reducing duplication of existing educational resources and providing another avenue to bridge the gap between the disciplines. We will review metrics that show that APPs who complete a postgraduate training program are ready to deploy in less time than the usual training time that is required for a new graduate APP, placing a decreased burden on departments within the hospital for on-the-job training. This presentation will also discuss our observations on changes in hiring practice, employee engagement, and transition to practice.