NCI offers EPEC-O

The National Cancer Institute Offers:

Free Curriculum to Health Professionals in Palliative and End-of-Life Care of Cancer Patients

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has teamed up with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Lance Armstrong Foundation to offer:

EPEC™-O or Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Oncology
is a comprehensive curriculum designed to educate and equip physicians, nurses, and other health care personnel with the skills needed to address the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual suffering associated with cancer.

This multimedia curriculum consisting of three Plenary Sessions, two Teaching Sessions, and 15 modules covering specific palliative care topics includes slides and case study videos and is available in CD-ROM/DVD format. In addition, NCI collaborated with the Indian Health Service to develop an EPEC™-O curriculum with American Indian and Alaska Native cultural considerations.

EPEC™-O offers up to 32.5 Continuing Medical Educational (CME) credits through ASCO and Continuing Nursing Education (CE) through the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. Sessions can be taken individually and in any order. Each plenary session and module of the EPEC™-O curriculum is eligible for individual credits for a total of up to 32.5 hours CME/CE for the entire program. Instructions for obtaining CME/CE credit are included in the CD-ROM. The CME/CE credit availability expires May 14, 2012.

For more information or to order either the EPEC™-O curriculum or the EPEC™-O curriculum with American Indian and Alaska Native cultural considerations, visit NCI or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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