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ACS Clinical Research Program Resource Development for Commission on Cancer

Dear Commission on Cancer State Chairs and Cancer Liaison Physicians,

The American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP) has developed several new resources for Commission on Cancer (CoC) programs to increase physician involvement with clinical trials. Please share the information below with your stakeholders and encourage them to engage the ACS CRP with questions about becoming more involved in clinical research.

Our new resources include:  

  • The first course of the ACS CRP Tumor Board Educational Series is now available online. The goal of this video series is to utilize the multidisciplinary tumor board setting to improve knowledge of clinical trial data and increase integration of clinical trial findings into practice. Each course in the series will include a short video describing the findings and a discussion guide detailing how this information could be implemented locally. This course, titled "Leveraging Community Tumor Boards for Oncology Trial Dissemination: the ACOSOG Z1071 Trial," will focus on the trial design and results from the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) Z1071 trial, which evaluated the accuracy of sentinel lymph node biopsy after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in clinically node positive breast cancer patients.
  • A new webinar and resource deck developed through the ACS CRP was designed to help guide surgeons through the administrative and regulatory requirements needed to participate in clinical trials. This webinar details how to: 
    • Obtain a Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) Identity and Access Management (IAM) ID
    • Register with the National Cancer Institute (NCI)'s Registration and Credential Repository (RCR)
    • Complete enhanced training requirements such as Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
    • Fulfill NCI Biosketch, Financial Disclosure Form and Agent Shipment Form

We look to you as clinician leaders to set an example by ensuring your NCI credentials are up to date. We encourage you to consider how you can leverage the resources above to promote involvement in the clinical research space.

Thank you,

Peter Hopewood, MD, FACS
Chair, Cancer Liaison Program

Diana Dickson-Witmer, MD, FACS
Vice Chair, ACS CRP Dissemination & Implementation Committee
Delaware State Chair

Quyen Chu, MD, FACS
Vice Chair, Cancer Liaison Program