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Upcoming FACT Educational Events

Posted in :: 2016 Volume 2 :: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Nuevo FACT-JACIE Acreditacion Internacional Webinar
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Únase a nosotros para el primer webinar el 20 de octubre de 2016, a las 9:00 CT (México), 14:00 GMT, 16:00 CET (España). El Dr. Carlos Bachier, Presidente del FACT-JACIE Comité Internacional y Raquel Espada, Coordinadora de Acreditación JACIE, presentarán una visión general del Programa de Acreditación conjunto FACT-JACIE Internacional basado en un enfoque gradual para lograr el cumplimiento con los estándares FACT-JACIE para la Recolección, Procesamiento y Administración de Productos Hematopoyéticos de Terapia Celular.

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CBA Webinar: Quality Management for Cord Blood Banks
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Online Webinar

This webinar will be on October 26, at 4:00 PM ET. Robyn Rodwell, PhD, of Queensland Cord Blood Bank at the Mater, will talk about quality management for cord blood banks.

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CBA Webinar: Quality Managers: How to Find, Utilize, and Keep Them
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Online Webinar

This webinar will be on November 9, 2016, at 11:00 AM ET. Debe Griffin, MS, ASQ CPGP, and John Carpenter, Quality Assurance Manager at Duke University Medical Cord Blood Bank, will discuss how to find, utilize, and keep good quality managers.

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Leading by Example: How FACT-Accredited Clinical Programs Continue to Raise the Bar in Quality
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Online Webinar

This webinar will be on November 16, 2016, at 11:00 am ET, and is free-of-charge. Cellular therapy, and healthcare in general, are at the forefront of several initiatives to increase quality in patient care. The blood and marrow transplant field has been a leader in voluntarily improving quality, and new FACT accreditation requirements have been implemented to facilitate real results that have a direct impact on patients. Accredited Clinical Programs are currently adapting to several new standards and procedural changes to the accreditation process, and this free webinar will provide background on these changes. Major topics will include clinical outcomes benchmarking, joint FACT/CIBMTR data audits, and immune effector cell requirements. Dr. Phyllis Warkentin, FACT Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Helen Heslop, FACT Past President, will explain the rationale for the changes, improvements expected, and details for compliance.

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QM Series 7: Benchmarking One-Year Survival
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Online Webinar

This webinar will be on November 30, 2016, at 11:00 ET. Dr. Dennis Gastineau will review the requirements for meeting or exceeding expected one-year survival of HPC transplant recipients. The FACT community will learn a lot together over the coming months, and the presentation will share information such as requirements for corrective action plans, actions that improved one-year survival for programs, and benchmarks for autologous and non-U.S. programs. This is the first webinar in the Quality Management Series, Module 7.

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factthumbnail-ashFACT Inspector Workshop for Immune Effector Cells

Friday, December 2, 2016
San Diego, CA

FACT has published draft Standards for programs administering immune effector cells used to elicit an immune response for therapeutic intent, such as dendritic cells, natural killer cells, T cells, and B cells. This includes chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CAR-T cells) and therapeutic vaccines. These Standards are intended to promote quality in administration of immune effector cells and will be incorporated into a voluntary FACT accreditation in this field.

FACT depends on volunteer experts to visit programs and assess their compliance with the Standards. This peer-review approach keeps FACT accreditation credible, relevant, and useful. We are excited to announce that we are now accepting inspector applications for our new accreditation service for immune effector cell programs, anticipated to begin in early 2017.

Physicians wishing to train to become an inspector for the FACT Immune Effector Cell Accreditation Program must meet prerequisite education and experience requirements, submit a satisfactory inspector application, attend an in-person training workshop, view online videos, and complete a test on the requirements.

This workshop is an important part of the training process. Attendees will learn about the mission of FACT, principles of FACT Standards, the accreditation process, and basic inspection techniques.

An approved inspector application is required for registration. To apply to become an inspector, submit an online application at http://www.factwebsite.org/Become_An_Inspector/Apply_to_be_a_FACT_Inspector.aspx.

QM Series 7: Completing FACT-Required Outcome Analysis
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Online Webinar

This webinar will be on January 11, 2017, at 11:00 AM ET. Phyllis Warkentin, MD, FACT Chief Medical Officer, will outline the internal outcome analyses required by FACT and provides tips for completing them. Understanding the rationale for these required analyses, and seeing examples from other programs and banks, will help accredited organizations understand and believe in the worthiness of these studies.

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QM Series 7: Making Outcome Analysis Work for You
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Online Webinar

This webinar will be on January 25, 2017, at 11:00 AM ET. Dr. George Selby, BMT Program Medical Director at OU Medical Center Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, will describe how to effectively design outcome analyses that provide actionable data. By selecting appropriate variables and collecting adequate information, root cause analyses will not only show what outcomes were, but also offer clues regarding who in your patient population have undesirable trends and why. Asking these questions at the outset of the analysis will make root cause analysis and corrective actions more manageable. This is the 3rd webinar in the QM Series, Module 7: Outcome Analysis.

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QM Series 7: Improving Our Clinical Outcomes Virtual Roundtable
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Online Webinar

This webinar will be on February 8, 2017, at 11:00 AM ET. This virtual roundtable will consist of three accredited organizations (including both cellular therapy programs and cord blood banks), who will share how they improved outcomes. Presenters will describe how they analyzed outcomes, what issues they found, and what they did to improve.

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factthumbnail-tandem2FACT Cellular Therapy Inspection and Accreditation Workshop
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Orlando, FL

This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about the FACT Standards and accreditation process. The agenda will focus on new developments for clinical cellular therapy programs, including clinical outcomes, data management, and immune effector cell programs.

Two tracks will be offered: an applicant track and an inspector track. Sessions are accompanied by exercises and group discussions to practically apply lecture concepts to real-world experiences.

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Cellular Therapy Leadership Course at BMT Tandem- 101
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Orlando, FL

Do you want to improve your leadership skills? Everyone wins when leaders get better, and this half-day course is designed for that outcome.

In years past, participation in FACT’s leadership workshop has been by invitation. The course is open to anyone who has (or aspires to) a leadership position in cell therapy – whether you direct a transplant center or laboratory, lead a cell collection service or cord blood bank, head a staff of nurses or transplant coordinators, hold an office or board position in a volunteer organization, chair a committee, or have any position in which you are expected to motivate and lead a team.

Participants in past years have been unanimous: “We just don’t receive this type of training in medical school or anywhere else” . . . “It was fun” . . . “So very well presented” . . . “Great group discussions” . . . “The workshop was beyond my expectations” . . . “Excellent interaction among participants” . . . “It should be a longer program – all day, or maybe two days.”

The highly interactive and participatory curriculum teaches leadership principles including:

• The leader as coach
• Differences between managing and leading
• Basic styles of leadership and how to recognize your own style
• When each style of leadership may be appropriate
• Running and participating in effective meetings
• How to build consensus
• Four proven ways to motivate people
• Effective delegation skills
• How to adapt to change, and even be a change agent
• Understanding and exercising governance roles and responsibilities
• Ten basic responsibilities of a governing board
• Legal implications of decision making and liability and fiduciary responsibilities

Woven throughout the leadership course is an overview of FACT’s organizational structure, purpose, challenges, current programs and accomplishments.

Whatever you lead, this course is designed to help you recognize your leadership skills and acquire new ones that effectively encourage innovation, achieve consensus, build momentum, turn ideas into reality, eliminate distractions and guide a team toward goals.

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Cellular Therapy Advanced Leadership Course at BMT Tandem- 201
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Orlando, FL

If you completed FACT’s Cell Therapy Leadership 101 course in a previous year and want more, the 201 course is for you.

This advanced workshop drills deeper into organizational development and leadership skills. Topics include:

• Characteristics of a healthy organization
• Adapting an organization to a changing environment
• Multiplying and diminishing the effectiveness of a team
• Leading from where you are
• Servant leadership
• Effective governing boards
• Strategic planning with a focus on outcomes

Participants in the prerequisite Cell Therapy Leadership 101 course in the morning also are eligible to register for the 201 course in the afternoon.

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FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Orlando, FL

Join us for the FACT-ASBMT Quality Boot Camp at the 2017 BMT Tandem Meetings on February 22 in Orlando, FL. The boot camp will strengthen your quality assurance activities through pre-meeting exercises and an in-person workshop. Members of the FACT Quality Committee and the ASBMT Administrative Directors SIG Quality Working Group will encourage you in the months leading up to the BMT Tandem Meetings to review specific aspects of your quality program. Quality experts will then present important concepts and lead roundtables that allow participants to ask questions and help each other reach their goals during the boot camp. Participants are strongly encouraged to register early to participate in the pre-conference assessment activities.

Each month prior to the in-person meeting, registrants will receive a short survey that will encourage them to asses a quality management principle as it relates to their organizations (answers can be submitted anonymously if desired). The Quality Boot Camp will be designed around the challenges and successes illustrated by the results provided by registrants. Participants are also welcome to bring specific documents and questions to the meeting for advice.

Note: There is a nominal charge of $50 to cover catering for attendees.

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NetCord Webinar: Cord Blood Specifications
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Online Webinar

This webinar will take place on March 1, 2017, at 11:00 AM ET. Dr. Gesine Koegler of the José Carreras Cord Blood Bank in Düsseldorf, will give an overview of the explicit specifications for CB units released for unrelated administration pertaining to the FACT 6th Edition Cord Blood Standards.

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factthumbnail-london2FACT Cord Blood Inspection and Accreditation Workshop
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
London, England

This training workshop is designed to explain the requirements for FACT accreditation of cord blood banks. FACT representatives will be in attendance to clarify the intent of the 6th Edition NetCord-FACT Standards, provide inspectors tips for conducting inspections, and assist programs in organizing and preparing for the accreditation process.

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