Welcome to the: 2019 Chicago Breast and Lymphedema Symposium
Management for breast cancer and lymphedema is evolving. The standard of care for breast cancer and for lymphedema span multiple disciplines, including surgical oncology, plastic surgery, medical and radiation oncology, breast radiology, as well as rehabilitation. Outcomes are optimized for patients when multidisciplinary care is well coordinated.
The educational information presented at the Chicago Breast & Lymphedema Symposium will impact the clinical practice and behavior of the target audience by updating the knowledge of diagnoses and therapies for breast cancer, lymphedema, and breast reconstruction. Symposium faculty will illustrate concrete examples of successful patient care through coordinated intervention by breaking down individual procedures and analyzing steps in patient care. Faculty will also discuss technique and challenges encountered in various surgical procedures.
The following learning objectives have been formulated and will be used as a benchmark for judging its success
- Describe the most appropriate therapies for breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and lymphedema
- Identify multidisciplinary strategies available for addressing complex patient diagnoses in the areas of lymphedema and breast cancer
- Outline current surgical techniques used during breast and lymphedema surgery
After participating in this educational activity, attendees should be able to
Following the symposium, participants will be able to differentiate when to use various breast reconstruction and lymphedema procedures as well as how to facilitate new relationships across disciplines and professions to promote improved patient outcomes.
Accreditation - Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist Credit
The University of Chicago Medical Center is a licensed continuing education provider with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy, license # 216-000030. All participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance. This course is approved for 12.25 continuing education hours for licensed therapists (PT, PTA, OT, or COTA) in Illinois. The University of Chicago Medical Center has not applied to any other state for therapist CE credit. Participants will need to do this individually through their jurisdiction outside of Illinois.
Standards for Commercial Support
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and is responsible for the overall planning of the activity. As an accredited provider, The University of Chicago Center for Continuing Medical Education requires that speakers/faculty comply with the ACCME Criteria, Policies, and Standards for Commercial Support of CME. As a faculty member, you are required to complete a disclosure form. According to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, faculty members who fail to provide information regarding their relevant financial relationships are ineligible to serve as faculty, planners or presenters. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.
As a CME-accredited provider, the University of Chicago is required to identify and resolve conflicts of interest held by all persons in a position to control content. Each person in a position to control the content of the CME activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or partner has, occurring within the past twelve months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by the University of Chicago CME office, course directors, and/or the CME advisory board in a process that includes peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations. Having a conflict of interest does not necessarily mean that you cannot participate in the activity. Rather, depending on the nature of the conflict, we will undertake efforts to resolve that conflict, including, but not limited to, communicating obligations and/or possible restrictions, altering your role in the activity, reviewing your content for possible revision, and monitoring your presentation.
The Standards for Commercial support require that your presentation be free of commercial bias, that any information regarding commercial products/services be based on scientific methods generally accepted by the medical community, and that any therapeutic recommendations carry a high weight of evidence. All materials should be supported by appropriate citations to allow validation of data presented and to allow the learners to further evaluate the data on their own. The University of Chicago expects that all of its CME activities will adhere to the ACCME’s content validation value statements. Specifically, all recommendations involving clinical medicine in a CME activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the medical profession as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. We will contact you with any questions about educational content. When discussing therapeutic options, it is our preference that you use only generic names. If the CME educational material or content includes trade names, where available, trade names from several companies should be used, not just trade names from a single company. Further, should your presentation include discussion of any unapproved/investigational use of commercial product, you are required to disclose this to the participants.
Faculty Responsibilities - as an invited speaker, your responsibilities will include
- Working within the stated timelines to submit the required documentation
- Submitting your disclosure, a copy of your planned presentation for review (draft is acceptable) that has the disclosure slide present
- Verbally disclose all relevant financial affiliations at beginning of your presentation
We encourage all faculty to participate in the National Faculty Education Initiative (NFEI, http://www.nfeinitiative.org/), an online training program
The NFEI educates faculty members on the differences between certified CME and promotional activities and contains a searchable database of medical education faculty who have completed the program. It is sponsored by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions and The Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, in collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges.