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From the Director’s Desk

Reflections on the Cancer Programs Integration Meetings

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS
Medical Director, ACS Cancer Programs

American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs leaders and committee members came together last week to discuss important topics and identify strategies to enhance program activities. Sessions at the Annual Cancer Programs Meetings, held virtually May 20–21, focused on projects and initiatives that are integrated across the cancer programs.

As we reflect on the learnings from those meetings, arguably the most notable was that we demonstrated a new level of mastery of virtual conferencing. Congratulations to moderators and speakers for involving the attendees, your colleagues, in the dialogue. To engage a virtual audience takes discipline to keep presentations brief and on time, and a commitment to cover a topic in both a focused manner for the panel and an open-ended manner for the attendees. Thank you to the speakers, moderators, and staff who worked in advance to craft a set of topic-specific questions that would invite conversation. The meeting was a great success!

The report-out session provided a glimpse into the discussions and topics that spanned education, standards, quality, accreditation and equity, diversity, and inclusion. While it was too rich and comprehensive to cover in this short article, we can reassure everyone that the recordings are available (see links below) for those who want a look back at a concurrent session they might have missed. It should also be said that we are working with leaders and staff to collate, review, and collaboratively prioritize the excellent content and next steps that came from these sessions.

Lastly, we benefited from hearing about two new subjects that will likely impact the future of how our integrated programs will evolve in the next five to 10 years. Sarah Birken, PhD, introduced us to implementation science, an emerging field of study that helps to promote the systematic uptake of investigative findings into routine practice. Perhaps it is time for us to explore how to use this new science to help implement new standards in the accreditation programs. Frank Opelka, MD, FACS, introduced us to the world of knowledge curation. Bringing digital knowledge to the bedside and the clinician workflow in order to manage the complexity of health care is a top federal priority. New knowledge, new methodologies, and new conversations are just part of the value of integrating across the ACS Cancer Programs. Stay tuned for more information regarding the outcomes and next steps that will follow from these integrated meetings.

Recordings of the sessions are available online:

Return to Cancer Screening: Last Chance to Get Enrolled

Thank you to all those who have expressed an interest in joining the Return to Cancer Screening Clinical Study.

To those who have not filled out the REDCap Form A, "Enrollment and Baseline Data," there is still time. You have until May 31 to submit your form.

To those who have already started filling out the REDCap Form A but have not completed it, this is a reminder that incomplete forms will not satisfy study enrollment. Please ensure that all required questions are answered. An example of an incomplete form is included below.

Once you complete REDCap Form A, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a PDF of the

completed REDCap Form (see below).

REDCap Forms B, "Post-Intervention Monthly Data Collection," and Form C, "Intervention Log," will be e-mailed to enrolled programs in early June. These forms will need to be submitted no later than December 31, 2021. Further instructions and details regarding the project can be found on the Cancer Programs website.

Additional project details available online include:

Thank you again for your interest in this study, and we hope you will consider joining this important effort.

You will receive this kind of message if your forms are saved but not submitted:

Incomplete Form A

You will receive this kind of message when your forms are submitted and received:

Completed Form A

Please note: You also will receive an e-mail confirmation once the form is successfully completed and submitted.

Email Form A

Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day

June 6, 2021, marks the 34th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day® observance, which brings cancer survivors together to show that there is life after receiving a diagnosis of cancer.

American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs encourages you to observe this day. To help you promote this event, we have created a poster that you can download and print for display in patient areas. We also encourage you to reach out to your community and sponsor activities that:

  • Recognize cancer survivors
  • Support patients with cancer
  • Screen and educate community members on cancer prevention and early detection

To access these resources:

  • Commission on Cancer (CoC)-Accredited Programs: Approved users can log into CoC Datalinks with their username and password. Under Resources, please click on "Resources to Market CoC Accreditation."
  • National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC)- and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)-Accredited Programs: Approved users can log into the Quality Portal with their username and password. In the left navigation, click on "Marketing Resources" within the Resources section.