Course Description and Schedule
The Cancer Genomics Education Program of City of Hope's Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics offers a CME/CEU-accredited multimodal Cancer Genomics Intensive Course to address the need for professional training in clinical cancer genetics and research collaboration for community-based clinicians.
The Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment gives you a foundational understanding of the field of cancer genetics, genomics and personalized medicine.
Participation in the intensive course confers membership to the Clinical Cancer Genetics Community of Practice, an online community that brings cancer genetics practitioners from diverse practice settings together for professional learning, patient-centered support, research collaborations, and to promote quality care and improved patient outcomes across the U.S. and internationally.
Track 1 and Track 2
We currently offer two tracks:
- Track 1: Distance Learning Plus Live Online Workshops
- Track 2: Distance Learning Only
Core course structure for both tracks:
- 13-week distance learning, online program. Each week, there are two to four online lecture videos, assignments and quizzes.
- We meet virtually via web conferencing for the course orientation, didactic sessions and workshops.
- Attendance is required for live Friday sessions each week, via web conference from 8:30 to 10 a.m. PDT. During each Friday session, the discussion is centered on reviewing module questions, faculty content updates and teaching cases.
- Participants must participate in a minimum of five (live or recorded) web-based GCRA Case Conference sessions.
Live Case Conferences are available on Wednesdays, 10 to 11 a.m. PDT, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. PDT, and Tuesdays, 10 to 11 a.m. PDT
- Participants must participate in a minimum of one (live or recorded) Topics in Cancer Genetics Research webinar.
Live webinar sessions are available on Fridays, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT.
- Coursework consists of weekly quizzes, course surveys and practical assignments.
Track 1 Workshops
- Track 1 of the course includes all the above web-based sessions, as well as five days of virtual interactive workshops to review and practice course content and GCRA competencies.
Course Schedule And Commitment
- Time commitment for the intensive course is four to six hours a week, consisting of live Zoom sessions for 1.5 hours each Friday, GCRA Case Conferences, assignments and viewing course modules.
- Clinical participants must have a foundational understanding of oncology and genetics as the course is a comprehensive learning experience designed to expand upon these concepts.
Dates for Track 1 and Track 2:
- Orientation: October 20, 2023
- Distance Learning (13 weeks): November 1, 2023 to February 9, 2024
- Workshops (Track 1 Only): February 19 to 23, 2024
- Workshops run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST
- Thanksgiving Holiday: November 19 to 25, 2023 - No web sessions
- Winter Holiday: December 23-31, 2023 - No web sessions
Post Course Requirements
Twelve months of self-directed continuing professional development and practice-centered support via web-based Case Conference, TOPICS and postcourse surveys.
Participation in the Intensive Course confers membership to the Clinical Cancer Genetics Community of Practice, an online community for clinical practice support, research collaborations and professional networking with other GCRA providers across the U.S. and internationally.