Develop Decision-Making Skills with ASCO University Morbidity and Mortality Series

Oct 19, 2017

ASCO University® has developed a new series to help oncology care providers develop decision-making skills, combining the interactive sequence learning of a “choose your own adventure” story with the latest scientific research in cancer care related to morbidity and mortality issues.

The Morbidity and Mortality Series, debuting this year with two new courses, allows learners to participate in learning experiences that mimic real-life decisions faced by medical professionals. Upon selecting an answer, learners will be informed whether their decision making was optimal, suitable, or incorrect.

“What’s truly great about this new series is that it is case-based and our learners will get immediate feedback on their clinical decisions,” said Nathan M. Shumway, DO, FACP, a member of the ASCO University Editorial Board.

Every course offered through the series will be divided into two sections. The first section provides a retrospective presentation, the format many learners encounter when attending a morbidity and mortality conference. The second section then assigns a new patient, asking the learner to make decisions based on their acquired knowledge.

The first course offered in the ASCO University Morbidity and Mortality Series will discuss “Managing Toxicities in Immunotherapy.” It will specifically address cases involving patients with melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer.

Learners taking the “Managing Toxicities in Immunotherapy” course will be able to:

  • Recognize potential immune-related adverse events in patients treated with immune-checkpoint blockade;
  • Determine the appropriate management strategy according to the severity and type of immune-related adverse event; and
  • Identify pitfalls associated with the diagnosis and management of immune-related adverse events.

A second course will focus on common clinical errors after the implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) system in practice. That course, which will launch later this year, will help learners:

  • Describe some of the clinical errors that can occur as a result of EHR use;
  • Explain how the use of drop-down menus, electronic prescribing, and lack of interoperability in EHRs can lead to clinical errors; and
  • Analyze the EHR-related errors that occurred in the case in order to prevent similar errors from occurring in other clinical situations.

Continuing medical education (CME) credit and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points will be offered for each course in the series. For more information about credit types, as well as to access all courses in the series, visit

Courses Included in ASCO University Essentials Subscription

Each course in the Morbidity and Mortality Series is available for purchase both individually and as part of the ASCO University Essentials package.

ASCO University Essentials provides unlimited access to more than 100 courses in the ASCO University course catalog; these include eLearning courses and audio podcasts covering all major tumor types including lung, breast, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, hematologic cancers, and more.

An annual subscription also includes a Personalized Learning Dashboard, an enhanced self-assessment tool that goes beyond traditional scoring. The Personalized Learning Dashboard supports an individualized approach to oncology education, utilizing the enhanced self-assessment to offer tailored content recommendations based on identified knowledge gaps.

MOC points and CME, nursing, and pharmacy credit are available through courses offered through ASCO University Essentials.

Learn more about ASCO University Essentials at

ASCO University is supported in part by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO.

Back to Top