IC-OS Centers of Excellence Certification

A program within a healthcare institution which is assembled to supply an exceptionally high concentration of expertise and related resources centered on a particular area of medicine, delivering associated care in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary fashion to afford the best patient outcomes possible.

Mission

Definition of Center Of Excellence: a program within a healthcare institution which is assembled to supply an exceptionally high concentration of expertise and related resources centered on a particular area of medicine, delivering associated care in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary fashion to afford the best patient outcomes possible.

Distinguish institutions as citadels of expertise for the care and treatment of patients within the cardio-oncology sphere
Recognize centers that have committed to growing/developing the field through contributions to medical education and research
Enable centers that have met specified criteria to promote/advertise an exceptionally high level of focused care in cardio-oncology
encourage education, research, mentorship, and networking amongst a broad array of academic and community centers
Provide a framework for quality metrics to support the development, growth, and clinical impact of cardio-oncology programs
Award Designation/Point System
(Bronze/Silver/Gold)

Volume of new/established patients (1-3)

  1. 1 patient/week (50 patients/year)
  2. 2-5 patients/week (51-250 patients/year)
  3. >5 patients/week (>250 patients/year)

Research/Publications (1-3)

  1. Abstracts at national meetings or < 3 manuscripts.
  2. 3+ Manuscript/year
  3. Funding, registry or clinical trial participation.

Education (1-3)

(Case presentations, Invited talks at local / regional / national conferences, grand rounds, nursing education / tumor boards)...

  1. Local education (including tumor boards)
  2. State-wide/Regional or national/international education
  3. Cardio-oncology fellowship training

Quality improvement (1 or 3)

(Including structured pathways of care, EHR integration or workflows, etc.)

  1. Local/Institutional project
  2. State-wide/Regional or National/International project

CardioOncology Committee Involvement (1 or 3)

Committee or council level involvement with organizations such as ACC, AHA, ICOS, ASCO, etc.

  1. Regional/State-wide
  2. National/International

Program building (1 or 3)

Evidence of collaborative/multi-disciplinary program activity

  1. Expanding the program to more than 1 site (e.g. adding community sites), working with children’s hospital or transitional care, establishing a cardio-oncology survivorship program
  1. Bronze: 4-6 points
  2. Silver: 7-12 points
  3. Gold: 13 or more points
  4. Bronze/silver will be based on the point system
  5. For gold designation , a program needs to achieve the specified # of points and the IC-OS Center Of Excellence Committee must agree that site should be gold; for those that are felt not to achieve a gold designation for a given cycle of applications, the committee will provide feedback on what should be done to achieve gold designation

Center of Excellence Blueprint

Application Instructions/Requirements

  • 2 deadlines per year (November 15th, 2021; May 16th, 2022)
  • You must include one cardiologist and one oncologist in your application.
  • A curriculum vitae will have to be uploaded for both
  • Expected/preferred to take and pass the IC-OS Certification Exam (information here: https://ic-os.org/board-certification-admin/)
  • Your IC-OS member ID email (directoricos@gmail.com) if you cannot locate it in your profile
  • Application fee ($500 USD)

Please create ONE FILE with all of the following information:

  • List CardioOncology publications (abstracts, manuscripts, reviews) in last 3 years
  • List CardioOncology educational activities (Case presentations, invited talks at local / regional / national conferences, grand rounds, nursing education / tumor boards) in last three years
  • List CardioOncology Quality Improvement Projects in the last three years (Including structured pathways of care, EHR integration or workflows, etc.) (Provide brief description of each project)
  • List CardioOncology Committee Involvement (Committee or council level involvement with organizations such as ACC, AHA, ICOS, ASCO, etc.)
  • List CardioOncology Program Building Projects/Initiatives (For example, participating in a collaborative, multidisciplinary program activity; expanding the program to more than one site; working with children’s hospital, or establishing a cardio-oncology survivorship program)
  • One letter of recommendation from an IC-OS member: Any participant in your program who is a member of ICOS can provide a letter of endorsement.
  • A Letter from Program Administrator: Any program leader or hospital administrator (other than the ICOS member endorsement), such as the Chief of Cardiology, Chief of Oncology, or President of Hospital can provide a letter of endorsement.

IC-OS Center of Excellence Committee

  • Chair (Vijay Rao, MD, PhD, Franciscan Health, (Indianapolis)
  • IC-OS President (Dan Lenihan, MD, Wash U)
  • 7 additional members appointed by ICOS Board
  • Sarju Ganatra, MD (Lahey Clinic)
  • Richard Cheng, MD (U. of Washington)
  • Joerg Hermann, MD (Mayo)
  • Kerry Skurka, BSN (Franciscan Indianapolis)
  • Anita Arnold, DO, MBA (Lee Health, Florida)
  • Roohi Ismail-Khan, MD (Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida)
  • Chau Dang, MD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
  • For more information contact:
    •Dr. Vijay Rao (veej7474@hotmail.com)
    •Stephen Casselli (directoricos@gmail.com)