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Education and Training for Health Professionals

This is a collection of cancer education and training tools from NCI and NIH for health care providers, public health program planners, and cancer registrars. Courses are available in a variety of formats.

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

For Health Care Providers

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

 

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.

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.

 

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