OLD LYME, CT — JANUARY 27, 2017 — 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.

The award for Outstanding Live CE Activity was presented at the Alliance Awards Ceremony on January 28. The award showcases innovation and excellence in educational design and format, as well as first-rate instructional delivery. The program demonstrated high-quality multidisciplinary efforts and promoted effective cross-disciplinary communication among specialists. The MDS collaborators are thrilled to be recognized for this meaningful education and received a certificate of achievement for innovative educational design and exceptional instructional delivery.

For more information about The France Foundation’s award-winning CME program, please contact Stacy Miller at (860) 598-2240.

About The France Foundation
Since 1999, The France Foundation (TFF) has been at the forefront of planning, developing and implementing multidisciplinary certified medical education. The France Foundation is an award-winning organization accredited with commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education to provide continuing education for physicians and pharmacists, respectively. TFF has implemented thousands of educational activities over the past 18 years. TFF has also been involved in collaborating with multiple academic medical centers, medical specialty societies, hospital systems and broad-based clinical networks to develop and deliver innovative, impactful educational experiences. Today, TFF is a recognized leader in continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing medical education (CME), having established strong relationships within medical communities across the U.S. and abroad. The France Foundation is a wholly owned subsidiary of SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other.

About the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
Founded in 1922 in Chicago, ASCP is a medical professional society with more than 100,000 member board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologists, pathology residents and fellows, laboratory professionals, and students. ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals. To learn more, visit www.ascp.org. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ascp_chicago and connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ASCP.Chicago.

About the American Society of Hematology (ASH)
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 50 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. ASH publishes Blood (www.bloodjournal.org), the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online. In 2016, ASH launched Blood Advances (www.bloodadvances.org), an online, peer-reviewed open-access journal.

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