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New Content Available Towards NCCN IEAP Completion Certificates

By Jonathan Larsen, MPP, Manager, Global Business Development

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) recently released new educational content from the March 2014 NCCN 19th Annual Conference: Advancing the Standard of Cancer CareTM. With successful completion of this content, physicians can earn credits towards the NCCN International Educational Activities Program (NCCN IEAP) completion certificates. This new content is available in the areas of Breast Cancer, Hematologic Malignancies, and Skin Malignancies.

Launched in July 2013, the NCCN IEAP recognizes ex-U.S. physicians who have demonstrated an understanding of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) with the successful completion of required NCCN Guidelines® educational content hours.

Completion certificates have been earned by physicians in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and South America. Maria Almeida, MD, from the Hospital Fernando Fonseca in Lisbon, Portugal, was the first physician to earn all available completion certificates.

"It´s an honor to be the very first physician to complete this new NCCN program. I believe it´s an outstanding opportunity to be kept up to date on the best of cancer care,” said Dr. Almeida, “Moreover, improving one’s knowledge to share with others is a true lesson and contribution for improving worldwide cancer care. Thank you for the privilege!"

Completion certificates are currently available to purchase for demonstration of general knowledge of NCCN Guidelines, as well as for demonstration of knowledge of NCCN Guidelines for specific disease sites, including Breast, Colorectal, and Lung Cancers, and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas. Additional tumor types are forthcoming.

Users will be notified by email once they are eligible to purchase an NCCN IEAP completion certificate. Please note that in order to be eligible for a completion certificate within the NCCN IEAP, all participants must complete the NCCN Guidelines Development Module. A full description of the program, as well as program requirements are available at: www.nccn.org/IEAP

The NCCN educational content hours required for NCCN IEAP may be completed online or in-person. Educational resources across multiple NCCN Guidelines are available for this program through the NCCN Continuing Education Portal. Registration is required. Please send your questions regarding the NCCN IEAP to NCCNIEAP@nccn.org.