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Palliative Care

Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care For Oncology (EPEC™-O )
Format: Web-based self-study, 3 plenary sessions and 15 content modules; CD-ROM also available
Time: Self-paced

The learning objectives of this course are to:

  • Describe the scope of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that comprise the core palliative care competencies needed through the course of comprehensive care care.
  • Incorporate the described treatment recommendations and approaches into clinical practice.

Clinical Trials

Cancer Clinical Trials Basics
Format: Web-based self study, 4 modules
Time: Self-paced

The learning objectives of this course are to:

  • Describe how cancer clinical trials advance cancer care
  • Describe the basics of clinical trials
  • Describe how clinical trials are sponsored
  • Describe six programs supported by NCI that conduct cancer clinical trials
  • Learn how to locate clinical trials appropriate to the patient population
  • Learn what a clinician's role is in clinical trials

Including Clinical Trials In Your Practice
Format:Web-based self-study, 8 modules
Time: About 2 hours and 15 minutes

This Web-based course covers these topics:

  • Evaluating the option of becoming a clinical trials investigator
  • Registering and credentialing
  • Strategies for establishing and training the research team
  • Locating sources of funding and identifying an IRB
  • Patient recruitment, enrollment and eligibility verification
  • Record keeping and reporting requirements
  • Quality assurance procedures
  • Working with referring clinicians

Improving Accrual to Clinical Trials (AccrualNet)
Format: Web-based tool
Time: Personal choice

AccrualNet is a professional community of practice for clinical trial accrual. It provides support at every stage of a clinical trial, including:

  • Planning a clinical trial
  • Recruiting and retaining participants
  • Closing a clinical trial
  • Analyzing the data from a clinical trial

Translational Research

Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO) Course
Format: Videocast
Time: Self-paced

The Translational Research in Oncology Course (TRACO) is designed to provide an overview of the following:

  • Cancer biology
  • Cancer treatment
  • Epidemiology of cancer
  • Mechanisms of resistance
  • Cancer metastasis
  • Use of preclinical models
  • Identification of novel molecular targets