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AJCC Curriculum for Registrars

The AJCC Curriculum for Registrars is self-guided learning designed to provide education in a step-wise learning environment. The curriculum is breaks down the content into Introduction, Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. After the Introduction, the modules will provide lessons in a consistent order of classifications; categories T, N, and M; stage group; additional resource material; and a quiz.

Module I: Introduction

The introduction provides an overview of staging and be the background materials to explain why staging is performed and how it is used. It will provide a broad discussion of the elements of staging including the classification, the T, N, and M categories, and the stage groups. There is a brief discussion of the differences in terminology between a manual for physicians and patient care, and the manuals written for cancer registrars and the surveillance community.

Module II: Beginning

Module II begins the instruction for learning about AJCC staging and launches the essential underlying rules for using the correct classification and assigning all the elements that make up the AJCC stage. It covers the primary rules for all these topics and provides a foundation for the subsequent intermediate and advanced modules.

Module III: Intermediate

Module III continues the instruction for learning about AJCC staging and proceeds with the rules for using the correct classification and assigning all the elements that make up the AJCC stage. This module will cover the rules for more complex cases, encompassing some of the nuances for all these topics and provide a foundation for the subsequent advanced module.

Module IV: Advanced

Module IV continues the instruction for learning about AJCC staging and progresses with the rules for using the correct classification and assigning all the elements that make up the AJCC stage. This module covers the rules for exceptions and unique complex cases, encompassing some of the nuances for all these topics and providing the final piece of the staging rules.

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