The France Foundation, a leading medical education company, announced that it has received the 2017 Award for Outstanding Live Continuing Education (CE) Activity from the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) for a program on Improving MDS Outcomes from Diagnosis to Treatment: A Multidisciplinary Approach, in collaboration with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the American Society of Hematology (ASH). This initiative was supported by an independent educational grant from Celgene Corporation.

The program consisted of a series of highly interactive day-long meetings in the United States designed to enhance the cross-disciplinary and inter-specialty collaboration for the effective diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). The curricula incorporated principles of adult learning theory and utilized a “flipped classroom” model requiring learners to learn new content prior to attending the live meeting, allowing more time for learner engagement and participation. During the live meeting, learners participated in an interactive, tumor board session followed by four breakouts with hands-on experience. At the end of the activity, the knowledge and skills of the learners were applied to a multidisciplinary team approach to working on case scenarios for myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosis and management via a problem-based learning method. Each team presented their case recommendations to the entire group, and feedback was provided by the group and faculty in an open discussion.

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