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MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center National Education Conference - 2011

September 9-10, 2011

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Robert C. Hickey Auditorium and Anderson Conference Hall
11TH Floor, R. Lee Clark Clinic
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, Texas

General Information

Course Description

The goal of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center National Education Conference is to update managed care medical directors, referring physicians, nurses, case managers, dosimetrists, social workers, medical physicists, pediatric cancer care specialists, and other healthcare professionals on the recent advances, current treatment modalities, and clinical trials in radiation oncology using proton beam therapy for the treatment of cancer. The diagnoses covered during this conference will include prostate cancer, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, pediatric tumors, CNS tumors, lymphoma, head and neck cancers, and gastrointestinal tumors.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to

  • Interpret the clinical effectiveness of proton therapy and the different targeted therapies and radiotherapeutic approaches to assess which intervention would be most appropriate for patients with different cancer diagnoses and solid tumors (Knowledge, Competence, Performance, Patient Outcomes);
  • Incorporate an appropriate sequence for chemotherapy/surgical/radiological intervention for solid tumors into patients’ proton therapy treatment plans for improved patient outcomes (Knowledge, Competence, Performance, Patient Outcomes);
  • Utilize information gained during the conference to appropriately refer patients to the Proton Therapy Center (Knowledge, Competence, Performance, Patient Outcomes); and
  • Assess and treat solid tumors and other malignant diagnoses using novel targeted therapies and proton beam therapy for better patient outcomes and reduction of normal tissue damage (Knowledge, Competence, Performance, Patient Outcomes).

Target Audience

This conference should be of interest to oncologists, hematologists, managed care medical directors, case managers, referring physicians, pediatric cancer care providers, nurses,  social workers, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in knowing more about the diagnoses, treatment, and care of proton therapy patients.   

Educational Methods

  • Lecture/Didactic
  • Panel Discussions
  • Interactive Small Groups/Breakout Sessions
  • Patient Interviews
  • Question-and-Answer Sessions


A course evaluation form will provide participants with the opportunity to comment on the value of the program content to their practice decisions, performance improvement activities, or possible impact on patient health status.  Participants will also have the opportunity to comment on any perceived commercial bias in the presentations as well as to identify future educational topics.

Accreditation/Credit Designation

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Nursing continuing education contact hours will be provided.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

CME Certificates and Attendance Verification Certificates

Certificates awarding AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or certificates documenting attendance will be distributed to participants as they depart the conference.  To obtain a CME certificate, physicians must submit a completed evaluation questionnaire and a CME Verification Form.

Upon request, a record of attendance (certificate) will be provided on-site to other health care professionals for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies, or other professional associations.

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