Join us for one of four webinar sessions to learn how you can increase colorectal cancer screening rates among your patients and earn free CME/CEU. Nevada Cancer Coalition, in conjunction with Nevada Colon Cancer Partnership, is pleased to host this training via toll-free web-conference.
The Program: Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Primary Care Setting
Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in the United States with more than 50,000 deaths annually. A majority of these deaths, up to 90%, could be prevented with proper screening, however the number of unscreened Nevadans over the age of 50 remains just over 40%. More disheartening, Nevada lags most of the nation in colon cancer screening, and as a result, has one of the highest colon cancer mortalities.
Research has shown the most important factor in a patient’s decision to have a colonoscopy is a referral from their primary care provider. This presentation will review the impact of colorectal cancer in Nevada, current screening recommendations and methods along with their benefits and considerations, as well as ways to implement policy and procedure into the office setting to ensure eligible patients are up-to-date with screening.
Each 45-minute webinar session provides physicians, nurses and office staff with everything they need to know to talk with their patients about colorectal cancer and their screening choices.
1. Describe the burden of colon cancer nationwide and in Nevada and how mortality from colon cancer can be reduced with colon cancer screening
2. Identify the approved options for colon cancer screening and which ones are most appropriate for large scale screening in Nevada
3. Discuss the impact that flat polyps such as “serrated adenomas” are having on the accuracy of colon cancer and what measures are being taken to identify and remove them
4. Explain how the new smaller “split bowel” preparations can impact the success of colonoscopy in colon cancer screening
5. Compare the FIT test with the older Guaiac hemoccult test and describe how it can be used in colon cancer screening
6. Increase colon cancer screening rates by offering patients a choice of options
7. Discuss how the 5 Essentials of Colon Cancer Screening can improve the effectiveness of an office-based colon cancer screening program
8. Improve the effectiveness of an office based colon cancer screening program by using the tools and templates available in the Nevada PCP Toolkit
If your practice or organization has 5 or more staff that would like to participate we can schedule an in-office detailing visit. In Las Vegas we'll feature Dr. Frank Nemec, and in Reno/Sparks we'll feature Dr. Thomas Caves or Dr. Dennis Yamamoto. Detailing visits must be scheduled at least 45 days in advance and are subject to availability based on our presenter schedules. Combined with the pre- and post-test evaluations these visits are eligible for the same CME/CEU credit as the webinars. To schedule a visit please email NCC Communications Director Kristen Power.
Clark Harrison, MD
Dr. Harrison has practiced with Gastroenterology Consultants in Reno, Nev., since 1992. He focuses on all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology with a special interest in promoting colon cancer screening and prevention. In practice for more than two decades, his certifications including American Board of Internal Medicine, 1990, and Subspecialty Board in Gastroenterology in 1993. He also serves as a member of the Nevada Colon Cancer Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing colon cancer screening rates and access to screening for all Nevadans as well as ensuring access to treatment services for Nevadans with colon cancer.
Frank Nemec, MD
Dr. Nemec founded Gastroenterology Associates in Las Vegas, Nev., in 1986 after a fellowship and residency in gastroenterology at University of California, Davis. Dr. Nemec was a Commissioned Commander with the Medical Corps in United States Navy Reserve and holds professional certifications including the National Board of Medical Examiners, medical licenses in Nevada and California and a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Gastroenterology. Dr. Nemec serves as the president of the Nevada Colon Cancer Partnership.
Thomas Caves, MD
Dr. Caves joined Digestive Health Associates in Reno, Nev., in 2004 and his board certifications including American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine 2001 and Gastroenterology 2005. His interests include general gastroenterology, inflammatory bowel disease and viral hepatitis. He actively preforms research in inflammatory bowel disease and other gastrointestinal related disorders. In addition, he is a member of the Nevada Colon Cancer Partnership.
Dennis T. Yamamoto, MD
Dr. Yamamoto joined Digestive Health Associates in Reno, Nev., in 1990 after serving as a faculty member at University of Wisconsin Medical School for six years. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. His professional associates include the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Gastroenterological Association, the Washoe County Medical Society, and the Nevada State Medical Society. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and on the Board of Directors of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Nevada Cancer Coalition. The University of Nevada School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine approves this program for 1 hours of nursing continuing education credit.