Preconference Workshop Descriptions

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

See below for the descriptions of all workshops. All preconference workshops will be held on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. All workshops require an additional registration fee with the exception of the NCI-sponsored workshop, "NCI’s Support of Cancer Education Through the R25 Funding Mechanism: Poised for the Future," which will be free of charge at the request of NCI; however, participants wishing to eat a boxed lunch during that workshop are required to purchase their boxed lunch at the time of registration.


Developing of a Culture of Mentorship for Effective Collaborative Practice, Scholarship and Academic Promotion (Workshop 1) CANCELED
8:00-9:50 AM   |   Separate registration fee required.

Instructors: Ewa Szumacher, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Maria Bishop, University of Arizona College of Medicine and Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (SAVAHCS); Tracy Costello, Moffitt Cancer Center


Navigate Your Way to a K (Workshop 2) CANCELED
8:00-9:50 AM   |   Separate registration fee required.

Instructors: Levi Ross, University of Alabama; Clement Gwede, Moffitt Cancer Center; Cathy Meade, Moffitt Cancer Center; Tiffany Carson, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Sexual Problems after Cancer Treatment (Workshop 3)
8:00-9:50 AM   |   Separate registration fee required.

Instructor: Anne Zobec, Rocky Mountain Cancer Center

Abstract: Purpose: There are many treatments for cancer that are very successful, but many survivors experience sexual dysfunction as a direct result of treatment. This workshop will explore sexual issues and strategies to improve quality of life for survivors.

Rationale: Nearly 16 million people have a history of cancer in the United States. As treatments have improved the number of survivors has increased. One of the most common issues with survivorship is sexual dysfunction after cancer treatment. Medical providers need to develop knowledge and resources to help improve patients' sexual functioning.

Methods and Content: This 2 hour workshop will provide background information on sexual health, examine the impact of cancer treatment on sexual function, and discuss major sexual issues of men and women after treatment. Problems that will be discussed include: loss of libido, hot flashes, urinary incontinence, weight changes, body image concerns, pain during sex, vaginal dryness and atropy, erectile dysfuction, changes in orgasms, fertility in young adults, and psychological effects.

Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List the most common sexual problems men and women experience after cancer treatments
  • Explain three techniques to minimize vaginal dryness
  • Describe four methods that men may use to improve erectile dysfunction
  • List three strategies to improve intimacy in cancer survivors


Are We Communicating What We Intend To?: Use of Improv to Advance Listening and Collaboration while Raising Awareness (Workshop 4)
8:00-9:50 AM   |   Separate registration fee required.

Instructors: Flannery Fielding, Cleveland Clinic; Kathleen Neuendorf, Cleveland Clinic

Abstract: Purpose: Patients with cancer are dealing with a particularly stressful diagnosis and rely heavily on the skills of their oncologic healthcare team to listen and show empathy. However as clinicians are being asked to do more with less and in shorter periods of time, opportunities for mindful, reflective practice can be harder to come by. Effective listening and collaboration with cancer patients is vital for improving the safety, quality and experience of healthcare.

Rationale: When clinicians listen to patients and honor their stories, they are creating the foundation of a healthy relationship. In addition, verbal and nonverbal empathy has been shown to effectively improve patient satisfaction, clinical health outcomes, as well as provider experience and efficiency. Self and social awareness are valuable skills for identifying opportunities to convey empathy. Communication facilitators have found that using adapted improv techniques to practice these skills allows for a safe and supportive environment that fosters participant spontaneity and honesty while raising awareness about what we communicate, whether it is intentional or not. We have incorporated improv exercises throughout our communication training of oncologic and palliative care fellows, bedside nurses, advance practice providers and staff physicians as an innovative technique to further engage adult learners.

Methods and Content: Participants attending this workshop will be given the opportunity to experience a sampling of improv exercises to highlight their value in a learner-centered experiential skills training focused on improving effective listening and collaboration with patients who have cancer. The workshop will begin with an introduction and overview of relationship-centered communication techniques, followed by a series of improv exercises, and finally a debrief session to share reflections and learning points.

Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify potential barriers to communication in the cancer care setting
  • Demonstrate increased awareness of opportunities to convey empathy in patient/provider encounters
  • Identify the role of improv in skills training focused on improving effective listening and collaboration with patients


Ready, Set, Go! Preparing for Interprofessional Education in Oncology (Workshop 5) CANCELED
10:00-11:50 AM   |   Separate registration fee required.

Instructors: Barbara Head, University of Louisville School of Medicine; Mark Pfeifer, University of Louisville School of Medicine; Tara Schapmire, University of Louisville School of Medicine


Hidden in Plain Sight: Strategies for Accepting and Managing Unconscious Bias to Improve Patient Communication and Cancer Care Disparities (Workshop 6)
10:00-11:50 AM   |   Separate registration fee required.

Instructors: Paula Schultz, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center; Chesley Cheatham, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center

Abstract: Purpose: Unconscious biases held by cancer providers and educators may contribute to health disparities. Subtle nuances in interpersonal interactions can affect patient trust and confidence, resulting in decreased engagement and adherence to treatment recommendations. Commonly used methods of awareness and self-reflection often fail to reduce unconscious bias or motivate changed interactions toward stigmatized populations.

Rationale: This workshop provides evidence-based strategies that center on understanding, assessing, and redirecting unconscious bias through focused debriefing, categorized management strategies, and perspective taking.

Methods and Content: Participants will complete an Implicit Association Test and participate in anonymous guided debriefing regarding their personal test results, using real-time audience response polling. Research surrounding the effects of unconscious bias upon cancer patient interactions and cancer care disparities will be presented and opened to group discussion. Participants will learn how implicit bias can occur in healthcare settings through micro-aggressions and micro-invalidations. Participants will identify their personal level of unconscious bias awareness and consider strategies for managing and redirecting newly discovered personal bias. Perspective taking exercises will be used to elicit participant insight, empathy, and relational awareness of patient situations, to help reduce resistance toward accepting unconscious bias, and improve interactions with discordant populations.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be encouraged to complete additional Implicit Association Tests in the future, and provided a template to help implement awareness and management strategies learned. Participants will be provided a list of resources to stimulate further learning about unconscious bias and evidence-based mitigation strategies.

Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify personal unconscious bias and its potential effect upon patient communication
  • Analyze effects of unconscious bias on cancer care disparities and subtle ways bias manifests in the patient/educator relationship
  • Compare and contrast stages of unconscious bias awareness and associated management strategies
  • Identify at least two strategies to mitigate personal unconscious bias
  • Apply creative expression to gain insight, empathy, and relational awareness of patient situations
  • Analyze effects of unconscious bias on cancer care disparities and subtle ways bias manifests in the patient/educator relationship


Teaching Genomic Oncology: A Train-the-Trainer Workshop (Workshop 7) CANCELED
10:00-11:50 AM   |   Separate registration fee required.

Instructors: Kathleen Heneghan, American College of Surgeons; Richard Haspel, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


eHealth Literacy: Decoding the Future of Cancer Education (Workshop 8)
10:00-11:50 AM   |   Separate registration fee required.

Instructors: Tina Papadakos, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre; Janet Papadakos, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre; David Wiljer, University Health Network; Meredith Giuliani, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Abstract: Purpose: Since the early 2000s there has been rapid growth in the volume and nature of digital health information. A growing number of leading health institutions are migrating much of their health information and education from print to digital platforms. Evidence shows that many patients do not feel equipped to search for health information online and, most health information published online is at grade levels far beyond that of print. As such, digital health information may not be accessible to individuals with inadequate health literacy.

Rationale: The steady migration of health information to digital platforms is raising important questions in the realm of patient education. These questions include, a) how are plain language principles transferred online? b) what enablers support equitable access to digital resources? c) what criteria guide the development of eHealth literate resources? d) how is digital professionalism balanced with plain language approaches? and e) how can we co-create digital solutions with end users? This workshop responds to these questions and offers specific instruction on eHealth literate design principles and how to apply them in practice.

Methods & Content: An overview of eHealth literacy will be provided and the principles of eHealth literate design discussed. Exemplars of eHealth literate patient education resources will be shared. Participants will engage in evaluating resources to apply learning directly.

Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe eHealth literacy based on the most recent constructs in the literature
  • Define elements of plain language and plain design that support eHealth literacy
  • Identify components of digital interventions that support eHealth literacy and those that detract


NCI’s Support of Cancer Education Through the R25 Funding Mechanism: Poised for the Future
12:00-1:50 PM   |   Free of charge; boxed lunches available for purchase during online or PDF conference registration.

Instructors: Jeannette Korczak, National Cancer Institute; Ming Lei, National Cancer Institute; Gwendolyn Quinn, Moffitt Cancer Center; Gerald Schatten, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Abstract: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has used the R25 funding mechanism for many years to support cancer educational activities of critical importance to the NCI mission and the cancer education community. A broad range of participants, such as students, researchers, healthcare providers, and public health professionals, including those from underrepresented populations, have benefited from the educational opportunities supported by the NCI R25 Cancer Education Grants Program (CEGP). Currently, the R25 CEGP provides approximately $13 million annually to more than 50 active grants, serving the cancer educational needs of over 3,200 participants per year.

The NCI R25 CEGP is currently supported by five R25 FOAs. Three of the FOAs were issued by the NCI Cancer Training Branch (CTB) to support curriculum or methods development (PAR-15-150), courses for skills development (PAR-15-151), and research experiences (PAR-15-152). The remaining two are Diversity R25 FOAs issued by the NCI Diversity Training Branch (DTB), which target participants from underrepresented populations for research experiences (PAR-16-138) and courses for skills development (PAR-16-139). The NCI CTB sponsored a workshop in September 2016 to overview these R25 FOAs and offer workshop participants an opportunity to share best practices in cancer education and provide ideas to strengthen the R25 CEGP. More recently, the NCI DTB initiated a new and unique “Youth Enjoy Science (YES)” R25 program (PAR-17-059) that supports research experiences, curriculum or methods development, and outreach activities for sixth grade through undergraduate students from underrepresented populations and their teachers. In this presentation, I will describe NCI’s recent experience managing the multiple R25 FOAs and the salient outcomes of the NCI CTB R25 workshop, as we look forward to the reissuance of the three CTB R25 FOAs later this year.

Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the types of projects that NCI supports in the different R25 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)
  • List the types of individuals who are eligiible to participate in the programs supported by the different R25 FOAs
  • Explain the overall budget, period of support, and allowable expenses that are supported by the different R25 FOAs

R25 Principal Investigator presentations:

  • Expanding Reproductive Health Communications Training, Gwendolyn Quinn
  • Frontiers in Stem Cells in Cancer (FriSC2): An NCI-sponsored advanced training course for under-represented minorities (URMs), Gerald Schatten