Thank you for your interest in becoming an APEx Surveyor. ASTRO is currently only seeking radiation oncologists who would like to become an APEx Surveyor. Please review the information on this page before beginning your application. Once you are ready, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Surveyor Portal to begin.
Number of APEx Facility Visits: 14
When was your first facility visit?
My first survey was in 2017. It was a fantastic day of reviewing and learning. It was great to see all the people from the different craft groups in radiation treatment involved in safety and quality. The team interview really drove this home for me and I was hooked.
Why are you an APEx Surveyor?
Radiation oncology is a small field and I was encouraged by a friend to help with APEx. I looked at ASTRO's Safety is No Accident and APEx's Standards and they really spoke to the safe and quality care I wanted for my patients. APEx training had CME credit attached to it, so I thought I didn't have anything to lose, and I started right in. I got a lot out of the training and continue with each site facility visit to learn more about quality, safety and efficiency in care. It has really been energizing for me to see departments come together to build processes around safety and quality all for the patient's benefit. This energy keeps me engaged and coming back to volunteer for more surveys. My clinic and patients have also benefited from me learning more ways, efficient ways, and safer ways to do things as I survey different sites. I also have to thank my group Michigan Healthcare Professionals/GenesisCare for allowing me the time to do this. I have a busy clinic of my own and my group sees the value in having me survey for APEx.
In order to be an ASTRO APEx Surveyor, one must satisfy all of the following:
ASTRO also expects its surveyors to comply with all aspects of the Surveyor Agreement Business Associate's Agreement and all APEx Accreditation Procedures, including but not limited to the following information.
Surveyors are expected to have computer skills sufficient to allow them to collect data using current technologies and be able to complete survey forms in a timely manner at the facility. ASTRO will assign surveyors based on their familiarity with the facility’s EHR and treatment planning systems.
Surveyors are expected to exercise professional conduct and use appropriate communication in accordance with APEx Surveyor procedures before and during the survey interview and with facility staff. Surveyors serve as data collectors for ASTRO; final decisions will be made by committee as described below.
Before accepting a facility visit assignment, the surveyor must consider his or her ability to act impartially in reviewing the facility and whether such impartiality could be impaired by any financial interest, personal relationship, commercial relationship or interest of the surveyor’s employer. Surveyors must actively engage in the identification, disclosure and resolution of any conflicts of interests which arise. To this end, surveyors are expected to:
ASTRO expects a surveyor to abide by all surveyor-related policies and procedures, including but not limited to ASTRO’s travel policy, which requires surveyors to submit expense reimbursement forms within 14 days of a survey, and to provide ASTRO with conflict of interest information on an annual basis and as it changes.
All current (or potential) APEx Surveyors must agree to all of the following to continue as (or become) a surveyor.