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Oct. 11, 2011

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Growing the Tree - Professional Oncology Education Expands

Professional Oncology Education has a new introduction and a new course. MD Anderson’s president of just over a month, Ronald DePinho, M.D. provides a new introduction to the courses created to provide ongoing oncology education. DePinho’s video captures both his support for the effort and highlights the importance of the content. In addition to Cancer Survivorship 1, the Breast Cancer Course and the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Course, DePinho’s introduction serves to highlight the newest offering in the POE repertoire, the Introduction to Clinical Oncology Course. ICO is a truly foundational course intended for students, trainees and health care professionals without advanced oncology training. As Kendra Woods, Ph.D., special assistant to the Sr VP in Academic Affairs, whose team breathed life into POE, explains, the structure of POE is like a tree. The trunk of the tree will provide the foundational courses for all professionals working in comprehensive cancer care, while the main two branches will provide research and clinically focused resources to enable professionals in their specific areas of expertise to advance their knowledge and practice of oncology.

The ICO course begins with a history of cancer as presented by Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., provost and executive vice president of MD Anderson. This broad introduction provides a historical perspective on the evolution of cancer care as a discipline, the advances made and predictions on changes in the field to come. Following DuBois, Patrick Lynch, M.D., professor in the Department of Gastroenterology discuses cancer risk factors, while additional lectures cover cancer genetic risk assessment, cancer prevention and screening, solid tumor and hematologic malignancies diagnosis and staging, surgery, radiation and drug therapy, stem cell transplants, oncology emergencies, support, palliative care, and to conclude, a lecture by Alma Rodriquez, M.D., vice president of medical affairs, on survivorship. Maura Polansky, course developer and program director of Physician Assistant Education at MD Anderson, provides a lecture on the diagnosis and staging of solid tumors. She discusses the process involved in making an initial diagnosis of various types of solid tumors, introduces the TNM staging system, and details the parameters involved in assessing the primary tumor, regional lymph node involvement, and distant metastasis.

By taking the course, health care professionals can receive 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM . The course is free to MD Anderson employees and those outside the institution can earn the same credit for $25. You can enroll in the course on the website, after which you will be directed to Sakai@MD Anderson, which is a collaborative learning environment. Once you enroll and log in, you will be able to launch the course and have access to each of the videos. Following the course, complete the assessment and the evaluation in order to receive CME credit. GAP Connect will be chronicling both future resources included in POE as well as those individuals who have been integral to the program’s creation. For now, check out ICO and all the POE courses, online and at your pace.

Calendar of Events

5th Japan TeamOncology Workshop
Tokyo, Japan
Nov. 17-18, 2011

9th International Conference on Ovarian Cancer
MD Anderson
Dec. 2-3, 2011

Recent Developments in Cancer Prevention
Udaipur, India
Dec. 16-19, 2011


CPRIT Convention Nov. 15-17

The University of MD Anderson Cancer Center held this year’s Symposium on Cancer Research on Sept. 23-24, 2011. The symposia has occurred every year for more than 60 years and initially provided an overview of all cancer research. With the growth of the cancer research field, however, the symposia now limits its scope to a topic and this year the focus was on epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and its role in cancer. Our own Oliver Bogler, Ph.D., vice president of GAP was one of the chairs who organized the meeting, alongside Drs. Dihua Yu and Mien-Chie Hung from Molecular Oncology. Now, those of us who missed the event or want to relive it can listen to the audio and watch the videos of the presentations. Click on the links to open ITunes and look in the multimedia section below for a highlighted video.

XL Congresso Brasileiro de Radiologia – Recife

From October 12-15, 2011 The Brazilian College of Radiologists will hold their 40th national meeting in Recife, Brazil. The congress is intended for radiology leadership in Brazil and abroad to meet, discuss the latest developments and connect with colleagues. MD Anderson will be will be represented by faculty from the Department of Diagnostic Radiology including Myrna Godoy, M.D., assistant professor, Chusilp Charnsangavej, M.D., professor and Vikas Kundra, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor.

Network News

Working to Make a Difference

Last week, the New York Times ran an article highlighting an innovative approach to preventing cervical cancer in which vinegar brushed on the cervix shows precancerous spots as white, thereby allowing them to be frozen off using a metal probe cooled by a tank of carbon dioxide. The procedure is known as VIA/cryo or visualization of the cervix with acetic acid and treatment with cryotherapy.

At the end of September faculty and staff in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology & Reproductive Medicine, including Kathleen Schmeler, M.D., assistant professor, Kathleen Doughtie, advanced practice nurse, and Julieta Palencia, senior research nurse, spent a work-week in Guatemala training 25 health care providers to use the same technique while also screening over 1,000 women. The course was developed by JHPIEGO, an affiliate of John’s Hopkins University, which works globally to improve the health of women and their families.