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Earn up to 5.25 CME/CNE Credits by Attending a Summit on Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in Your Community

By Lauren Seabury, Marketing Specialist, NCCN

From late April through September 2015, six NCCN Member Institutions will host GAIN: EnGAging an Interdisciplinary Team for NSCLC Diagnosis, Personalized Assessment & Treatment regional summits in cities across the United States. Through an educational collaboration by CHEST, ASCP, IASLC, National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), and The France Foundation, medical oncologists, pulmonologists, pathologists, thoracic surgeons, nurse practitioners, and oncology nurses will form interdisciplinary teams to address unmet needs and clinical gaps in the care of patients with locally advanced and metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). By working within teams, the health care practitioners will participate in case-based discussions and simulations to enhance their knowledge regarding appropriate staging, mediastinal lymph node assessment, tissue acquisition, biomarker analysis, and immunotherapy.

This innovative program on lung cancer education incorporates:

  1. Hands-on experience, including mediastinal anatomy pertinent to lung cancer staging, EBUS-TBNA specimen acquisition, smear preparation, specimen handling and pathology analysis, histo- and cytomorphologic diagnosis, immunotherapy, and molecular markers relevant to NSCLC;
  2. Team approach to lung cancer diagnosis and management. This is performed through 
    problem-based learning “Practical Approach” exercises, which provide learners with a framework for “thinking-through” a patient-based clinical scenario. This simulates a multispecialty team approach to personalized care of patients suffering from lung cancer; and
  3. Interactive, audience participation “tumor board” session to encourage honest, individual 
    responses. Group responses allow faculty to focus on the group as well as each individual’s learning needs and apply learner-centric teaching strategies.

This activity is designed for medical oncologists, nurse practitioners, oncology nurses, pulmonologists, pathologists, thoracic surgeons, and allied health care professionals involved in the care of patients suffering from lung cancer. Practitioners are encouraged to visit for information about summits within their community. Those who attend can earn up to 5.25 CME/CNE credits.

The collaborators for this program gratefully acknowledge Bristol-Myers Squibb; Genentech/Astellas; Lilly USA, LLC; and Merck for their financial support of GAIN 3.0.