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Education and Training for Health Professionals

  • Updated: 08/25/2011
This is a collection of cancer education and training tools and offerings from NCI and NIH for health professionals.
Courses are available in a variety of formats, such as:
  • Online self-study
  • CD/DVD
  • Downloadable self-study (PDF, etc.)
  • Product training
  • Webinars, podcasts, animated tutorials
  • Other (Online communities, etc.)

Note: For information about cancer research fellowships and funding for scientific training, 
see NCI's Center for Cancer Training.

For Health Care Providers

For physicians, nurses, clinicians, and patient navigators.
Topics include: clinical trials, patient care, cancer and its treatment, and more...

For Public Health Program Planners

For those implementing public health programs in their community.
Topics include: fundamentals of data usage, cancer control, evidence-based cancer control programs, and more...

For Researchers

For those conducting research.
Topics include: clinical trials, informatics, translational research, and more...

For Cancer Registrars

For cancer registry staff.
Topics include: registries and their operation, coding and staging standards, case finding and follow-up, and more...

Cancer Classroom Series

The Cancer Classroom Series are webinars that provide the educational content, tools, and resources necessary for health professionals, especially those working in public health, to address a public health problem.

For Health Care Providers

Training Categories

General Cancer Training

Understanding Cancer Series
Format: Online tutorials also available in PDF and PowerPoint slides with speaker's notes
Time: Self-paced
Topics Include:

  • Angiogenesis
  • Biospecimen Collection
  • Blood Stem Cell transplants
  • Cancer
  • Cancer and the Environment
  • Cancer Genomic Project
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Estrogen Receptor/SERMS
  • Gene Testing
  • Genome-Wide Profiling
  • Genetic Variation (SNPs)
  • HPV Vaccine
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Nanodevices
  • Patient's Genetic Background
  • Targeted Therapies*
  • The Immune System

*Highlighted topic: The Targeted Therapies tutorials provide an overview of an emerging approach to cancer treatment called targeted therapies. The tutorials include examples of the main types of targeted therapies and describe their mechanisms of action. They also explain how advanced research techniques, such as whole-genome profiling, contribute to the development of targeted therapies.


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

For Public Health Program Planners

Using What Works
Format:  Web-based self-study
Time: Self-paced

Using What Works is a train-the trainer course for health promotors and educators. It teaches users how to plan a health education program using evidence-based programs.


Cancer Control .PL.A.N.E.T. Training
Format:  PowerPoint slides with accompanying text
Time: Self-paced

P.L.A.N.E.T. stands for Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools. This training provides a brief overview of the Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. Website and the resources available there, include research/practice partnership tools.


Research to Reality Cyber-Seminars
Format: Webinar, podcast
Time: Self-paced

The Research to Reality Cyber-Seminars are webinars designed to bring researchers and cancer control practitioners together to discuss the successes and challenges of translating research into practice. Information about upcoming cyber-seminars and archived presentations are located on the Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. website.


State Cancer Profiles: Tutorials
Format: Online tutorial instructions are displayed in a separate window and sized to allow users to view them while completing the tutorials
Time: Self-paced

Step-by-step tutorials explain how to use the various tables and graphs available on the State Cancer Profiles website. These are located in the "Help and About" section of the State Profiles home page.


National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) Web Tutorials
Format: Online tutorial
Time: Self-paced

National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) data provide an opportunity to study nutrition, physical activity, and chronic health conditions in the United States. These web-based tutorials are meant to promote broader, more proficient use of NHANES data.


Modeling the Impact of Cancer Control Efforts on U.S. Colorectal Cancer Mortality Introductory Tutorial
Format: Online tutorial
Time: Self-paced

The colorectal cancer mortality projections tutorial shows results of simulation modeling-computer simulations of colorectal diseases progression in a population with the characteristics of the US population. This information can be used to:

  • See how policy options to increase cancer prevention, screening, and access to state-of-the-science treatment can affect future mortality trends.
  • Help determine cancer control program priority areas for new intervention investments.
  • Identify research questions and opportunities.

Cancer Classroom Series
Format: Webinar Presentations; Closed Captioned
Time: Self-paced

The Cancer Classroom webinars provide the educational content, tools, and resources necessary for health professionals, especially those working in public health, to address cancer as a public health problem.

 

For Researchers

Training Categories


Clinical Trials

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

The learning objectives of this course are:

  • 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 suppot 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

Protecting Human Research Participants
Format: Web-based self study
Time: About 3 hours

This online training addresses:

  • The principles used to define ethical research using human participants
  • The regulations, policies, and guidance that describe the implementation of those principles

Translational Research

Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO) Course
Format: Videocast
Time: Personal choice

The Translational Research in Oncology Course (TRACO) is designed to provide the following general principles about cancer:

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

Other Research Training

National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) Web Tutorial
Format: Online tutorial
Time: Self-paced

NCI Dietary Measurement Error Webinar Series
Format: Webinar Series, 12 tutorials
Time: Self-paced

The Dietary Measurement Error Webinar Series is intended for nutritionists, epidemiologists, statisticians, graduate students, and others interested in measurement error intake data. The goal of the webinar series is to provide participants an understanding of:

  • Sources and magnitudes of dietary measurement errors
  • How measurement error may affect estimates of usual dietary intake distributions
  • How measurement error may affect analyses of diet-health relationships
  • How the effects of measurement error may be mitigated.

caBIG® Training Portal
Format: Online course catalogue database, online tutorials, PDFs, and PowerPoint slides with speaker’s notes
Time: Personal choice

For Cancer Registrars

SEER Training Modules
Format: Online self-study
Time: Self-paced

The Cancer Registration & Surveillance Modules include information about:

  • Registries and their operations
  • Basic anatomy and medical terminology
  • Cancer tests and treatments
  • Coding and staging standards for cancer registration
  • Case finding and follow-up

The Site-Specific Modules cover cancers of individual systems and organs in the human body. Each module covers basic information about cancer including:

  • Statistics
  • Risk Factors
  • Anatomy
  • Staging
  • Treatment

The References Section includes:

Cancer Classroom Series

The Cancer Classroom Series are webinars that provide the educational content, tools, and resources necessary for health professionals, especially those working in public health, to address cancer as a public health problem.

Format: Webinar Presentations; Closed Captioned
Audience: Those new to the field of oncology, especially public health professionals, community health educators, and patient navigators.


Culture and Literacy: Bridging Communications Gaps

Culture and its relation to cancer is an important but poorly understood concept. Culture influences patients’ and communities’ perceptions of cancer risk, their trust in oncology professionals, and their approach to cancer treatment including clinical research. This webinar, the second in our 2012 series, will focus on culture and how its incorporation into clinical practice may help reduce cancer health disparities across the cancer care continuum.

Thursday, September 27, 2012  2:00 PM ET  (Registration is Closed; Archive Coming Soon!)
Presenter: Cathy D. Meade, PhD, RN, FAAN


Social Determinants of Health: Implications for Cancer Control

The social determinants of health are the complex, integrated, and overlapping social structures and economic systems that are responsible for most health inequalities. These social structures and economic systems include the social and physical environment, health services, and structural and societal factors. This webinar will provide an overview of the social determinants of health in the United States, their influence on cancer, and implications for cancer control.

Social Determinants of Health

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Video of webinar for public health professionals introducing the concept of social determinants of health and explaining key concepts, June 2012.

Understanding Cancer

These two sessions include an overview of cancer, etiology, screening, and treatment and highlights; issues related to survivorship. The archived sessions below have been closed captioned.

Cancer Screening and Diagnosis

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Video of webinar for public health professionals introducing cancer screening and diagnosis practices and explaining key concepts, April 2011.

Cancer Treatment and Survivorship

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Video of webinar for public health professionals introducing treatment options and survivorship issues and explaining key concepts, May 2011.

Clinical Trials

These two sessions will focus on the clinical trials process, patient protections,
barriers to participation, strategies to overcome barriers; NCI resources to assist identifying and teaching others about clinical trials. The archived sessions below have been closed captioned.

Clinical Trials 101

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Video of webinar for public health professionals introducing clinical trials and explaining key concepts, June 2011.

Clinical Trials 102

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Video of webinar for public health professionals introducing challenges to clinical trials and explaining key concepts, July 2011.