Community Oncology Fellowship
Advancement Initiative (COFAI)

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Community oncology fellowship advancement initiative (COFAI): Specifically customized for oncologists who are new to the community setting with the goal of accelerating quality patient care. COFAI is an exclusive series of educational web conferences that launched in June 2022. Course content is created by community-based oncology practice leaders who have unique medical and practice management perspectives.

Program curriculum focuses on critical business elements such as maximizing drug coverage for patients, efficiently working with payers, effective business decision making as well as personal and career considerations. These skills will help bridge and advance the transition from an academic setting into a community setting and facilitate improved patient care.

To register for upcoming COFAI meetings, please contact

The educational web conference series includes immersion into the following topics, moderated by content experts:

  1. Community Oncology Landscape: Drug Development, Clinical Trials, Legal/Regulatory, and Access to Care/Disparities to Care.
  2. Infusion & Dispensing Pharmacy: Managed Care/Payers, Value Based Care Model, Pharmacy Services, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), Prescription Capture & Patient Adherence, and Inventory Management.
  3. Strategy & Management of Community Oncology Practice: Organizational Design, Performance Improvement Benchmarking & Market Competitiveness and Practice Finances
  4. Personal Financial Wellness: Investment and Taxation Strategies, Debt Management Strategies, Long-term Planning, Determining and Achieving Financial Goals
  5. Legal Considerations for Community Oncology Physicians: Stark Law Overview, Anti Kickback Statute, Sequestration, Overview of Partnerships

Program Chairs

Annette C. Fontaine MD

New Mexico Cancer Center: Focus: effective managed care strategies, performance-based care, diversity initiative

Bimal Patel, MD

EPIC Care: Focus: operational efficiencies, data analytics related to standards of care

Sujith R. Kalmadi, MD

Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, Phoenix, AZ
Board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology

Exclusive Partners for Personal Financial Wellness and Legal Considerations for Community Oncology Physicians:

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To learn more about COFAI and register for upcoming COFAI meetings, please contact: