National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Educational Events & Programs

NCCN 2010 Patient Safety Summit

Thursday, October 14, 2010 (Bethesda, MD)
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Program Location:
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave)
Bethesda, MD

Register now to secure a seat at this educational activity.

Program Overview:

The NCCN Patient Safety Summit has been designed to summarize and disseminate relevant research findings and evidence-based information so participants may affect change in the realm of oncology patient safety within their own organizations. The NCCN 2010 Patient Safety Summit will provide an opportunity for clinical, administrative, regulatory, and industry professionals to discuss best practices in oncology patient safety as well as to disseminate advances in oncology patient safety systems and processes.

Patient safety has long been recognized as an integral component of quality medical care. In the past decade, the spotlight on safety in medicine has only become brighter, with the publication of countless reports from the Institute of Medicine, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the National Patient Safety Foundation, among others. The stakes are especially high in oncology, and avoiding error is imperative in delivering radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and other high-risk treatments. More specifically, earlier this year The New York Times ran a series of articles about treatment errors that have occurred in radiation therapy, which has further intensified discussions about the need to improve safety for cancer patients.

The growing attention to oncology patient safety and medical error by the media and others requires a timely and well-considered plan of action from the oncology community and its stakeholders.

Program Goals:

  • Provide a forum for open discussion of current oncology patient safety issues
  • Identify emerging safety risks associated with new trends and practices in radiation oncology as well as strategies and methods to overcome some of these challenges
  • Understand the various roles, responsibilities, and specific actions that hospital staff, patients, and visitors may take to help reduce the frequency of patient infections
  • Discuss the safety challenges of oral chemotherapy, a changing paradigm in cancer treatment

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify emerging safety risks associated with new trends and practices in oncology
  • Describe the role oral chemotherapy plays in safety risks for oncology patients
  • List the roles, responsibilities, and actions hospital staff, patients, and visitors can take to help reduce the frequency of patient infections
  • Summarize the challenges associated with measuring safety improvements
  • Identify safety and quality best practices improvements at various cancer centers
  • Create a strategy to overcome safety risks at your institution

Intended Audience:
This educational program is designed to meet the educational needs of oncology physicians and nurses who manage patients with cancer, quality assurance administrators, administrative directors, nursing directors, clinical pharmacists, pharmacy directors, risk managers, as well as pharmaceutical industry representatives and equipment manufacturers.


7:30 8:00 AM


8:00 8:15 AM

William T. McGivney, PhD
National Comprehensive Cancer Network

8:15 9:00 AM

Keynote Address
Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, ScD
Johns Hopkins Medicine

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Panel Discussion: Radiation Safety Putting Prevention into Daily Practice
Joseph Herman, MD (panel presenter)
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University

Steven Brem, MD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Jean M. Moran, PhD
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Brian Napolitano, CMD
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

10:30 - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Strategies to Prevent Oral Chemotherapy Errors
Ray Muller, MS, RPh (panel presenter)
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Sylvia Bartel, RPh, MHP
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Laura Boehnke Michaud, PharmD, BCOP, FASHP
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Steven Newman, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center

12:15 - 12:30 PM


12:30 - 1:45 PM

Lunch Presentation: Safety and Accountability
Shirley Johnson, RN, MS, MBA
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center

Lisa McClane, RN, MSN
The Nebraska Medical Center

1:45 - 3:15 PM

Panel Discussion: Improving the Quality of Cancer Care through the Prevention of Health Care-Associated Infections
Corey Casper, MD, MPH (panel presenter)
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Mini Kamboj, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Stacy Martin, RN
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Delinda Pendleton, RN, MSN, CPHQ
Fox Chase Cancer Center

3:15 - 3:30 PM

Closing Remarks
William T. McGivney, PhD
National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity is approved for 5.75 contact hours. National Comprehensive Cancer Network is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation.

Approval as a provider refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply ANCC Commission on Accreditation or PA Nurses approval or endorsement of any product.

Kristina M. Gregory, RN, MSN, OCN, is our nurse planner for this educational activity.


Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Credit Designation
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 4.5 contact hour(s) (0.45 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

(Universal Activity Number 0809-9999-10-158-L01-P)

One Universal Activity Number is provided for this activity. It is the responsibility of the pharmacist to claim credit only for the sessions attended.

Fee Information
A registration fee will apply. Please see Registration Information for fees. A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and will be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks.

In order to receive a statement of credit, participants will need to attend the educational activity and complete the evaluation form. Partial credit will be awarded. Statements of credit will be mailed within 4 to 6 weeks of the meeting. Pharmacists should note that they must attend a minimum of one hour to be eligible for credit. Please refer to the registration section for information regarding fees and refund policy.

This is a knowledge-based educational activity.

Credit hours are subject to change as topics are finalized.

NCCN does not have a block of rooms reserved for attendees at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda; however, there are rooms available at the hotel. Please book your reservation online or by calling (301) 657-1234.

This Summit is supported by an educational grant from Pfizer.

This Summit is supported by GE Healthcare.

This Summit is supported by Varian Medical Systems.

This summit is supported by Amgen in collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer.

Registration Information:
Health Care Professional from NCCN Member Institution - $95.00
Health Care Professional from Non-NCCN Member Institution - $195.00
Government Employee - $95.00
Industry - $395.00
NCCN Corporate Council Member - $295.00

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities:

Organizations who are interested in sponsoring this program or advertising within the sponsorship guide are encouraged to click here for more information or contact Jennifer Tredwell, Senior Manager Marketing & Communications.

Register now to secure a seat at this educational activity.