FACT Inspection & Accreditation Virtual Workshop an Interactive and Educational Success

Posted in :: 2020 Volume 8 :: Thursday, October 29th, 2020

FACT’s first Inspection & Accreditation Virtual Workshop, hosted on September 21, 2020, was a great success! FACT thanks the workshop chairs, Ngaire Elwood, PhD and Joseph Schwartz, MD, MPH; the FACT Education Committee, the presenters, and the attendees for bringing energy and enthusiasm to this important educational event. A culture of quality is as important now as it ever was, and we enjoyed being “with” the FACT community again!

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If you attended the workshop, please tell us everything! We are always striving to provide a great educational experience.  As part of this, we would appreciate feedback on FACT’s first virtual workshop so we can improve and make the next virtual event even better.

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Workshop Registrants

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy hosted its first virtual inspection and accreditation workshop on September 21, 2020.  The workshop included two tracks, apheresis collection and cord blood banking. Attendance included 165 workshop registrants, 35 FACT staff members and Matrix Maxx staff members, and 19 workshop presenters and moderators. The breakdown of the 165 attendees is illustrated below:

Registrants from 18 different countries attended, including:

Lunch with Leaders

Participants were able to ask any question to FACT leaders during the Lunch with Leaders session.

Favorite Parts of the Day

In addition to these favorite parts of the day, attendees enjoyed feeling connected with the international FACT community during this challenging year and felt the workshop was one of the most interactive and engaging virtual conferences. Attendees also felt that the workshop was comprehensive and educational despite being virtual.

Workshop Programming

The workshop included pre-recorded presentations, live question and answer sessions, interactive activities requiring audience participation, and a live tour of an apheresis unit and cord blood bank.

Participants were able to ask questions at any time via the workshop chat feature.  Each track included a moderator; Dr. Dennis Gastineau moderated the apheresis track and Dr. Kim Kasow moderated the cord blood track.   Dr. Gastineau and Dr. Kasow were able to monitor presentation chat questions and interact with the presenters to ensure all questions were answered.

Participants joined in polling sessions, which allowed them to participate in analyzing case studies on both workshop tracks.