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FAQs for First-Timers

You're Invited: First Time Attendee/New Member Breakfast 
Wednesday, May 30 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
If you’re a first-time attendee, or you’re still getting your bearings, this event will help welcome you to AOSW. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with the AOSW Board and Conference Committee and learn how to get the most out of the conference and membership. We want to meet and learn more about you! 

Do I have to attend everything offered at the conference?
You can attend whatever you would like to attend. We want to ensure you gain knowledge and simultaneously take care of yourself, as it can be a lot to take in. Since most presentations include CEs, it’s important to think about what type and the amount of CEs you want.
May I attend any workshop I want?
Yes. You are not limited to attend the workshops that speak only to your specialty or population. We encourage you to attend any workshop that sparks your interest!
How do the Poster Sessions work?
Posters will be displayed beginning on Wednesday evening in the Exhibit Hall. You will have the opportunity to see all of the posters, ask questions of the authors and learn more about research, programs and topics related to oncology. 
What is a CPI?
CPI stands for Clinical Practice Intensives. They consist of two 90-minute sessions that focus on a clinical topic related to oncology. This year there will be 5 concurrent CPIs. In order to receive your CEs, you are required to attend parts 1 & 2 of the same CPI.
How do I obtain CEs?
When you register for the conference, you’ll see an option to purchase Continuing Educational Units for $35. If you do not purchase the CEs as you register, you will be able to add the CE purchase onsite at the conference. You will be scanned when you enter and exit a workshop, which is how you will be tracked for the CEs. Within 1 week after completion of the conference, CE Registrants who properly scanned in and out of each session will be emailed instructions and links to complete session evaluations and an online attendance credit claim. Certificates will be available to download upon completion of the survey. Social workers participating in this conference will receive a maximum of 16.00 CEs (8.00 Cultural Competency, 4.50 Ethics and 3.50 Clinical).
Why should I bring business cards?
The AOSW Annual Conference provides excellent networking opportunities. You may want to replicate a program you heard about, collaborate on a project, or simply enjoy or expand your professional and personal contacts. 
What is the best way to network while I am at the conference?
First, make sure that you wear your name tag and bring business cards! Attend the free breakfast each morning, talk to presenters or strike up a conversation with the fellow oncology social worker sitting next to you. And be sure to use the WHOVA app to connect. Being a first-timer can feel intimidating. We’ve all been one at some point. You are surrounded by like-minded colleagues who want to connect.  
What is the WHOVA app and why should I use it?
The WHOVA app is a free platform available to conference attendees. The app includes features such as the conference agenda and logistics, presentation handouts, learning about fellow attendees and important conference announcements. It is an easy way to stay connected, ask questions and give feedback about presentations you’ve attended. 
What are some cost saving measures I can take?
Check AOSW’s Conference on a Budget. There, you’ll find everything from finding a roommate to creative travel discounts. Additionally, take advantage of AOSW free breakfasts, lunches and snacks. You may also want to consider purchasing food from local supermarkets, rather than dining out.  
How can I keep learning after the conference?
AOSW hosts many professional development webinars throughout the year that provide CE credit. It is an excellent way to continue your professional development. 
How can I become more involved in AOSW?
The AOSW website includes a Volunteer Center where you can learn more about opportunities available such as being part of a committee. Remember, by posting on SWON, writing an article for AOSW Navigator newsletter, joining a SIG or attending the conference, you are involved! 
What is a SIG, why would I join one?
SIGs are Special Interest Groups. These groups have been created to encourage dialogue around a particular topic/population in oncology. You may be interested in connecting with others who work with the same populations to share best practices, resources or ideas. 
AOSW currently has 13 SIGs, including: Spirituality, Sexuality, Research, Radiation, Patient Navigation, Pain/Palliative Care/EOL, Integrative Oncology, Ethics, Children and Cancer, Brain Tumor, Blood Cancer/BMT, Ambulatory Care/Fee for Service and Adolescent/Young Adult.
What is AOSW Action Network Blog and AOSW Navigator?
The AOSW Action Network Blog publishes policy updates, perspectives and advocacy stories from AOSW members. Posts reflect the opinion of the writer, not necessarily the position of AOSW. New posts are sent out via email on SWON and archived articles can be found on
AOSW Navigator is our member e-newsletter that features content created for and by AOSW members. AOSW Navigator is sent out bimonthly and features topics related to research, books, resources, SIGS and other oncology related topics. Each issue is sent out via email, posted on SWON and archived on the AOSW website.
What is the OSW-C credential and how do I get it?
The OSW-C stands for Oncology Social Worker Certification. This can be obtained through the Board of Oncology Social Work. There are requirements for this certification related to state licensing and oncology workload.  
Is mentorship available through AOSW?
Check out SWON, the Social Work Oncology Network, our email list-serve. You can add access to SWON to your Membership Profile on the AOSW website. On SWON you can ask questions, get advice and learn from the best in the field. Our Mentor program features many highly experienced colleagues that are eager to share their knowledge with you. Plus, we can assign you to a personal mentor if you’re interested in getting help to write an abstract for a conference presentation. Watch for announcements about mentorship as we approach abstract season.