Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment


Intensive Course 2020 Enrollment Window Opens June 1 and Closes August 1. Application coming soon!

To help address the growing demand for clinicians with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in the practice of genetic cancer risk assessment (GCRA), the multifaceted Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment and its Clinical Cancer Genetics Community of Practice (CCGCoP) leverage the expertise of the academic health center through web-based tools to deliver accessible, evidence-based cancer genetics and genomics training, professional development and practice-centered support at the point of care. The mission of the Intensive Course and CCGCoP is to increase the number of clinicians who are able to translate rapid advances in genetics and genomics into cancer risk assessment, management and prevention practice. Realizing the promise of personalized medicine by promoting best practices in the delivery of GCRA services across the U.S. and internationally is the ultimate goal of the Clinical Cancer Genetics Community of Practice.


At the conclusion of the course the participants should be able to:
  • Integrate cancer genetics and oncology knowledge into clinical practice.
  • Apply skills commensurate with practioner-level proficiency into the cancer risk assessment and case management process.
  • Recommend risk-appropriate options for cancer surveillance and prevention as part of the cancer risk assessment, including imaging, chemo preventive and surgical interventions.
  • Incorporate understanding of medical, legal and psychosocial ramifications of cancer risk counseling and testing into clinical practice and research collaboration.
  • Discuss clinical research methodologies in cancer genetics and epidemiology, and cancer prevention trials for high-risk cohorts.
  • Recognize the roles and practical issues related to Human Subjects Protections, Informed Consent, Institutional Review Board and HIPAA in clinical research.
  • Provide resources and information on current hereditary cancer registries, cancer epidemiology and cancer prevention studies to patients and professional colleagues.
  • Use research training and support to participate in collaborative research activities.
  • Realize greater professional self-efficacy related to cancer risk counseling and research participation skills.
  • Incorporate web-based resources into ongoing practice-based education, professional development and research network support.

Reaching Clinicians Around the Globe

City of Hope's Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment has trained health care professionals in community settings across the United States as well as in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and Uruguay. Participation of the Intensive Course alumni in the ongoing practice-centered professional development activities hosted by City of Hope has evolved into a dynamic international Clinical Cancer Genetics Community of Practice.