MD Anderson Online CME Activities

I*CARE: Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement

I*CARE provides online education activities designed to improve communication among cancer patients, their families and their clinical team.  These CME programs provide information on the how-to's of patient-doctor communication (breaking bad news, non-verbal communication skills, discussing cancer recurrence, medical errors, end of life and more). 

Fundamental Principles in Communication

Basic Principles in Communication Skills for Clinical Oncology  

In this course, you'll learn about the four useful communication strategies: CLASS, SPIKES, EVE and CONES.  (2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM)

Non-Verbal Communication  - Expiration Date: June 30, 2017

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. (1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM)

Managing Difficult Communication

Crossroads  - Expiration Date: February 28, 2018

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. (1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM)

Mr. Carter – Disbelief/Denial

Follow Mr. Carter throughout the course of his illness by way of observing the interaction between him and his oncologist at four stages of his disease (initial diagnosis, well-patient follow-up, a point of disease recurrence, transition to palliative care, and at the end of life). (1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM)

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. The doctor is seen discussing the clinical trial and then later in her illness dealing with recurrence and end of life issues. (1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM)

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. (1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM)

An Error has Occurred/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 the following difficult communication: (1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM)

  • 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.

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

In the following four videos you will see: (1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM)

  • 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.

How Much Time Have I Got/Patient Is Angry/Telephone Conversations

These three videos will show: (1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM)

  • 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.


Achieving Communication Excellence (ACE)

These lectures are presented by national and international communication skills experts who participated in our I*CARE Achieving Communication Excellence lecture series. They may be taken together or separately. (each module approved for 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM)

On Being an Oncologist     

On Being An Oncologist is a reflection on the challenges of treating a life-threatening illness such as cancer brought home by actors William Hurt and Megan Cole. (3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM)

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.  (1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM)

Professional Oncology Education (POE)

Professional Oncology Education initiatives are designed for health care practitioners and feature lectures, courses, and case studies provided by MD Anderson’s experts on key areas of professional education, prevention, patient care and survivorship.

Other MD Anderson Sponsored Online CME Activities

FluoroSafety - Expiration Date: 3/31/2018

FluoroSafety provides online Fluoro courses for physicians and other medical professionals. Physicians who frequently use fluoroscopy or perform complex fluoroscopically guided procedures need the training provided in Advanced Training Program: A Comprehensive Course in the Safe Use of Fluoroscopy, while those who use fluoroscopy only occasionally will benefit most from Basic Training Course in the Safe Use of Fluoroscopy.  Individuals who are interested in improving the patient safety culture in their department as a whole will benefit from the Establishing a Patient Safety Program activity.  The following courses are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM
Basic Training Course in the Safe Use of Fluoroscopy (4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM) - Expiration Date: 3/31/2018
Advanced Training Program  (8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM) - Expiration Date: 3/31/2018
Establishing a Patient Safety Program (2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM) - Expiration Date: 3/31/2018

Fluoroscopic and X-Ray Safety Advanced Training Program 

This course provides training to safely perform fluoroscopy procedures in the State of Texas.  It is intended for physicians who frequently use fluoroscopy or perform complex fluoroscopically guided procedures. It teaches all of the subjects included in the Basic Training Program, as well as advanced fluoroscopic physics, advanced techniques for dose reduction, and special patient considerations. (8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM)



Independent content driven by its members through direct feedback, resulting in a highly customized physician-driven education that can be enjoyed at home and on the go.  Membership required.  Current topics for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM include: Rectal Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, High Risk Prostate, Breast Cancer Sequencing, Surgery for Early NSCLC, and Advances in CLL.    

Medscape Education Oncology

Targeting New Pathways for Overcoming Endocrine Resistance in Breast Cancer

The goal of this program is to ensure that oncologists comprehend the evolving evidence base to make appropriate treatment decisions and to confidently incorporate evidence-based medicine into the first-line management of HR-positive metastatic breast cancer. (0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM)

Overcoming Barriers to Effective Management of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

This program is designed to include a combination of interprofessional clinician education activities and patient/caregiver activities that, together, are aimed at improving the care of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) by increasing the knowledge and competence of the hematology/oncology care team and their patients regarding treatment selection, adherence, monitoring, and tailored treatment of CML, and managing treatment-related adverse effects. (0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM)

On the Cusp: New Approaches for Multiple Myeloma
The course reviews some of the latest developments in multiple myeloma. (.25 (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit)™)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has implemented a process whereby everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that could potentially affect the information presented. MD Anderson also requires that all faculty disclose any unlabeled use or investigational use (not yet approved for any purpose) of pharmaceutical and medical device products. Specific disclosure will be made to the participants prior to the educational activity.