One casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic was in-person professional conferences. Organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research, and Oncology Nursing Society, had to quickly pivot and radically transform the delivery of the traditional in-person conference to a virtual offering accessible to thousands of oncology healthcare professionals. However, what may have felt catastrophic has revealed unique opportunities to engage individuals in professional offerings, including those who, because of cost or travel, may not have previously participated. In this article, the authors present insights into how to optimize virtual learning experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
AT A GLANCE
- The coronavirus has radically transformed the way professional conferences are conducted, with many transitioning to a live or enduring virtual format.
- Virtual conferencing has both benefits and challenges that should be considered when deciding whether to participate.
- Diverse virtual education offerings can expand access to oncology nurses seeking to enhance their knowledge of oncology care without the barriers to in-person attendance.