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Earn Free Continuing Medical Education Credit Online

I*CARE offers free online CME credit through video courses that focus on patient-doctor communication. CME Certificates will be provided within 10 business days of completion.


Additional resources for obtaining CME credit

  • European School of Oncology Online Educational Resources - The European School of Oncology offers a distance learning program on the Internet called e-ESO. These sessions are CME and ESMO MORA accredited. CME credits are also recognized as Physician’s Recognition Award (AMA PRA category 1 credits) by the American Medical Association.
  • BMJ Learning - is the leading online provider of continuing medical education (CME) and postgraduate training for doctors and other healthcare professionals. Covering a range of clinical and non-clinical topics, the website contains over 900 online modules written by experts and peer reviewed. BMJ Learning is accredited by several authorities providing a quick and convenient way to earn CME credits.
  • MedPage Today is the fastest growing online destination for Clinicians seeking breaking medical news. MedPageToday.com is a trusted news service for physicians that provides a clinical perspective on the breaking medical news that their patients are reading. Free online CME available.

How to Obtain Free CME Credit    Top of the page

NOTE:  We are currently transitioning to online CME submission.  If the module you are taking has online submission you will NOT have to email or fax your forms, but will be able to complete the Registration, Post-test and Evaluation and submit directly to our CME office.  You will also be able to print your certificate directly from the page.    

THE CULTURALLY COMPETENT CARE MODULE, ACE LECTURES AND ON BEING AN ONCOLOGIST DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE ONLINE SUBMISSION.  PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW FOR THESE MODULES.

  • Select the course you wish to complete.
  • Read the CME information that precedes the set of videos in the course. Check the box.  The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education guidelines require that you read the CME Information before viewing the videos for CME credits.
  • View all the videos in the course.
  • Complete the registration form, course evaluation and post test found after the last video in the course on the right side of the page and fax to the number specified on the registration form or you may scan it and e-mail it to: SECantu@mdanderson.org.
    • MD Anderson health care professionals will be e-mailed confirmation of CME credit and this will be reflected on their MD Anderson CME transcript.
    • If you are not an MD Anderson health care professional, a certificate of completion will be mailed to you from our CME office within 10 business days of completion (713-792-5357).

 

We recommend that you complete Fundamental Principles in Communication before moving to Managing Difficult Communication.

Please address questions about this CME program to Cathy Kirkwood, M.P.H., project director, I*CARE, at icare@mdanderson.org.

Fundamental Principles in Communication    Top of the page

Basic Principles in Communications

Basic Principles in Communication Skills for Clinical Oncology

In this course, you'll learn about four useful communication strategies: CLASS, SPIKES, EVE and CONES.
(13 videos - 1 hour 53 minutes)

This module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMBegin CME (Ethics) credits
 
Non-Verbal Communication

Non-Verbal Communication

Dr. Robert Buckman discusses techniques for effectively using non-verbal communication. You will find how paying attention to non-verbal behavior in the clinical encounter can help you with the messages that you send to others.
(1 video - 24 minutes)

This module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM: Begin CME (Ethics) credits

 

Managing Difficult Communication    Top of the page

"Crossroads"    Top of the page

Crossroads

"Crossroads"

This module will show you a patient/physician interaction in which several choice points occur. These are points at which the content is emotionally laden and where the type of response the physician chooses can change the course of the interview and the quality of the interaction.
(10 videos - 55 minutes)

This enduring material has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM: in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility Begin CME (Ethics) credits

 

Accreditation/Credit Designation for Managing Difficult Communication Modules

This enduring material has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for a maximum of 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.  

You may claim AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM as indicated for each individual module or complete all of them for a total of 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 Mr. Carter: Patient in Disbelief or Denial

Mr. Carter - Disbelief/Denial

In the following interactions with Mr. Carter, you will get to follow him throughout the course of his illness by way of observing the interaction between him and his oncologist at four stages of his disease: at his initial diagnosis, at a well-patient follow-up, at a point of disease recurrence and transition to palliative care, and at the end of life.
(8 videos - 41 minutes)

This module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM: Begin CME (Ethics) credits

 
Mrs. Anderson

Mrs. Anderson - Clinical Trial/Recurrence/End of Life

Mrs. Anderson has been referred to a medical oncologist without much explanation for the reason. She is a candidate for a clinical trial comparing three different adjuvant therapy regimens. Here the doctor is seen discussing the clinical trial and then later in her illness dealing with recurrence and end of life issues.
(6 videos - 68 minutes)

This module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM: Begin CME (Ethics) credits

 
Mrs. Wright

Mrs Wright - Serious Illness/Sensitive Discussions

When we first meet her, Mrs. Wright has been diagnosed with colon cancer, and has had her initial surgery. She arrives at the oncologist's office two weeks after her surgery, unaware of the seriousness of her disease, and unaware that she will require further treatment. View how the oncologist handles this and other sensitive communication during the course of her illness.
(2 videos - 46 minutes)

This module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM: Begin CME (Ethics) credits

 
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Difficult Communication 

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I'm Going To Mexico
My Mother is Not to be Told
Don't Give Up on My Mother

Here you will see four videos dealing with difficult communication:
  • The physician must inform the patient's son that she received the wrong dose of chemotherapy.
  • The patient states she will seek alternative therapy.
  • The patient's son says his mother is not to be told that she has cancer. The son will be translating for the doctor.
  • The patient's son is concerned that his mother's treatment plan has become palliative rather than curative.
    (8 videos - 50 minutes)
This module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM: begin CME (Ethics) credits
 
Your Father has Died

Difficult Communication 
Your Father Has Died
I Will Not Take Tamoxifen
Discontinuing Ventilation
Euthanasia

In these four videos you will see:

  • The patient's daughter is informed that her father has died unexpectedly. The physician hasn't met the daughter and isn't the patient's physician.
  • Mrs. Adler is a good candidate for tamoxifen, but says she will not take it.
  • The physician must tell Mr. Eden's family that continued mechanical life support is no longer appropriate.
  • The patient makes a direct request for information about euthanasia.
    (8 videos - 51 minutes)
This module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM: begin CME (Ethics) credits
 

Difficult Communication 

How Much Time Have I Got
Patient Is Angry
Telephone Conversations

These three videos show:
  • Mr. Kerr has been recently diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the lung and wants to know if he should go ahead with the purchase of a condo.
  • The patient is angry because he found the Barium Enema uncomfortable and degrading.
  • Three different types of conversations in which information about an abnormality is communicated over the telephone.
    (8 videos - 35 minutes)
This module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM: begin CME (Ethics) credits
 
Genetic counseling

Genetic counseling

Genetic counseling is a topic of major interest to many patients who want to know if they're at increased risk. Here's an example of how a practitioner can assess the need and make a referral for genetic testing. The patient is then interviewed by a genetic counselor and you can watch the disclosure of both positive and negative test results.
(5 videos - 67 minutes)

This module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM: begin CME (Ethics) credits

Culturally Competent Care

We must recognize the impact of culture on the patient-physician relationship and understand how cultural competence builds trust and improves communication.  This module is designed to help enhance your skills in cross cultural communication.  (5 videos -  14:33 minutes)

This module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM: begin CME (Ethics) credits

Achieving Communication Excellence (ACE Lecture Series)   Top of the page

Achieving Communication Excellence (ACE) lecture series

These lectures were presented by national and international communication skills experts who participated in our I*CARE Achieving Communication Excellence (ACE) lecture series. Each module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM per lecture.

ACE 2013:  (4 video lectures) -  Begin CME (Ethics) credits

ACE 2012:  (5 video lectures) - Begin CME (Ethics) credits                                            

ACE 2009-2011:  (12 video lectures) - Begin CME (Ethics) credits

 

On Being An Oncologist    Top of the page

On Being an OncologistThe following is a reflection on the challenges of treating a life-threatening illness such as cancer brought home by actors William Hurt and Megan Cole.
(1 video + workbook)

This module has been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM: Begin CME (Ethics) credits

 

Bibliography (pdf file opens in new window)

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Information

The videos in this section are approved for Continuing Medical Education (AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM in medical ethics and/ or professional responsibility) through The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. CME Certificates will be provided within 10 business days of completion.

John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Communication

Telly Awards 2010

I*CARE Wins 3 Telly Awards for Crossroads module

I*CARE Wins 3 Telly Awards for "Crossroads" module


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