American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer  (ACOS-CoC) Liaison Report – January 2006

As you plan your 2006-07 budget be sure to include either attendance at the Commission on Cancer’s “Survey Savvy Workshop for Cancer Programs”, which is held in Chicago twice a year for two days.  Attendance at the workshop provides the opportunity for networking with cancer program leaders from around the country, benefiting from the question and answer periods and a comprehensive syllabus. 

If you are short on time and budget, purchase the workshop on CD for $150.  This is an excellent orientation to the accreditation process as well as a valuable review and update for seasoned registrars and program coordinators, especially if you have a survey coming up in the next year.  The CD includes video/audio presentations and 45 sample Best Practices for Chapters 2-8.  Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) and Physician CE and CME credit hours are available with use of the CD.

To order the CD, log on to http://www.facs.org/commerce/2004/catsplash.html, access the Cancer section of the Publications and Services catalog, or call 312/202-5474.

The ACoS-CoC Report was prepared by ACOA/ACoS-CoC liaison, Jeannie O’Leary.  Her role as liaison is to enhance our relationship and collaboration by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, initiatives, critical issues, and actions that impact cancer care, data collection, and research.  We have the opportunity to bring matters of importance for ACOA to the CoC, as well as communicate CoC activities to the ACOA.  If you have input on particular issues regarding credentialing and ACoS standards, please contact Jeannie O’Leary.