In the first seminar in this series, explore healthy tips for getting started in marathon training and preparation, including presentations on eating and the right fuel for the body, cross training, and injury prevention.
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Course: Radiofrequency Ablation to VATS Lobectomy
Thursday, Feb. 24, and Friday, Feb. 25
Charles G. Watson Surgical Education Center, UPMC Presbyterian
The two-day program will consist of a series of lectures as well as live case demonstrations. Experts will present technical aspects of these operations along with risks, benefits, and outcomes. Discussions on options for staging and treatment of lung cancer, focusing on early stage disease, also will take place. Register online at https://ccehs.upmc.com/formalCourses.jsp#2923 by Feb. 14. Contact Geneva Pacheco at 412-648-6342 with questions.
11th Annual John M. Templeton Jr. Pediatric Trauma Symposium
Friday, March 4 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 5, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
This national conference is a collaboration among Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Contact Krystal Moore at 412-647-8232 or Chris McKenna at 412-692-6503 for more information. View the brochure online.
Cancer Centers Education Programs for Health Care Professionals
UPMC Cancer Centers is offering the following courses for nurses and other health care professionals who care for cancer patients. All courses are held on the UPMC Shadyside campus. Courses are free to UPMC staff and its affiliates. Visit UPMC Cancer Centers Professional Education site for complete course listings and information including location, times, brochures, objectives, detailed course information, and contact hours. Exact location is announced in the confirmation letter. You may also request information by contacting Karen Tondera at 412-623-3652 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for UPMC employees will be through uLearn, which is accessed by logging on to My HUB on UPMC Infonet.
ASRT Educational Opportunities
Third Wednesday of every month, noon to 1 p.m.
These are being offered live on the Shadyside Campus and audioconferenced to all interested UPMC sites.
UPMC Cancer Centers is offering monthly programs submitted for ASRT credit with a focus on radiation oncology issues. Continuing education credit may be available for those requiring ASRT and nursing credit.
Introduction to Oncology for the Health Care Provider
Fridays: Jan. 28, April 15, May 13, or June 17
Ancillary staff: 8 a.m. to 12 noon; nurses and clinical staff: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This class is intended to enhance the practice of both health care professionals and ancillary staff who care for cancer patients in hospitals, ambulatory care, home care, hospice, extended care, or rehabilitation settings.
The following five courses make up the Foundations to Practice in Oncology series. It is strongly recommended that University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and UPMC Cancer Centers staff who are required to take the Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biological Therapies Course take these five courses as a prerequisite. All others may take individual courses of choice. Continuing education credits may be available for these courses.
Pathophysiology of Cancer and Cancer Treatment Modalities
Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This course provides an overview of the principles and roles of various cancer therapies. Included are clinical trials, surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapies, radiation therapy, stem cell transplantation, complementary therapy, and a review of the pathophysiology of cancer.
This course addresses how health care professionals can help patients deal with physical symptoms and issues related to their disease and its treatment, such as gastrointestinal manifestations, pain, fatigue, cutaneous reactions, nutrition, sexual function and reproductive issues, and psychosocial needs of patients, families, and caregivers.
This course provides an overview of specific hematological malignancies, including leukemias, lymphomas, multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome. Presentations include information on staging, treatment options, and nursing care issues.
COMPREHENSIVE CHEMOTHERAPY AND BIOLOGICAL THERAPIES COURSE
Fridays: Feb. 11, 18, and 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This three-day course is designed to address the individual and joint needs of nursing and other healthcare professions in relation to chemotherapy and biological therapies. It includes information on current and pharmacotherapy, safe handling, and administration of anticancer agents and various issues concerning the management of patients receiving cancer therapy. A post-test is required for completion of this course.
This exam review and test-taking time is only for UPMC employees and is optional. Please discuss with your manager prior to registration. A 2-hour review session precedes the 2-hour testing period. A brief overview of topics from the Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biological Therapies Course will be provided. Exam time is proctored and successful completion will fulfill course requirements.
Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This two-day course provides an overview of the information required to assist the oncology nurse in preparing for the generalist oncology nursing certification OCN® exam. Information provided in this course is consistent with review materials provided by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
Thursdays: April 14 and 21 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This two-day course addresses the individual and joint needs of nursing, pharmacy, and other professions in relation to Stem Cell Transplantation. It includes information on current transplantation issues such as patient work-up, disease process, and patient care and management. Selected topics include differentiating types of transplants, mobilization and preparative regimens, growth factors, the role of total body irradiation, transfusion issues, graft vs. host disease, and other transplant related topics.