University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Education and Training

2015 Fall Courses

Courses for nurses, advanced practice providers, pharmacists and other health care professionals who care for oncology patients are outlined below. Registration is required for all courses and is available for UPMC employees through uLearn. Links to the registration form for non-UPMC employees are provided below. Most courses are held on the UPMC Shadyside Campus. Any changes in course location will be flagged in red.

Course times, unless otherwise specified, are as follows:

  • Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • Lectures begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.
  • Course adjournment (unless otherwise specified) is at 4:30 p.m.

Specific course information including objectives, information on continuing education credits, course brochure and location are available by clicking on the link for a specific course brochure or by clicking “View Program Flyer Announcement” for a specific program. Links to the registration forms for the special programs are also available once registration for that program is open.

For questions or to request additional information, email Lydia Wall at wallld@upmc.edu or call 412-623-3652. Watch for additional information as it becomes available.



Fall 2015 Courses

Introduction to Oncology for the Health Care Provider

Date: Fridays, October 9, 2015, or December 4, 2015
Time: Ancillary & medical assistant staff: 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Nurses and clinical staff: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

This one-day course provides a general overview of cancer, the disease process, treatments, symptom management, and its impact on patients and families. It 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.

Staff members can attend only the morning session or the entire day. The morning topics are applicable to all staff, including nurses, office staff and other health care professionals, who want to learn more about what cancer is, treatment options, and psychosocial needs of cancer patients. The afternoon topics are geared for nurses and other staff who need to learn more about assessment and care of oncology patients, the use of blood products and selected oncology emergencies.

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation

To receive 6.6 Contact Hour(s), the learner must attend the entire day of class and submit a completed activity evaluation form.

All UPMC employees are required to register for educational programs through uLearn. uLearn is accessed by logging into MY HUB on the UPMC Infonet. A User Guide is available on the uLearn home page. Manager approval may be required for some programs for some employees. If you receive this notice when enrolling, please notify your manager of your interest in the program.

» Introduction to Oncology Course Brochure
» 2015 Introduction to Oncology Registration Form (non-UPMC Registrants)

Foundations to Practice in Oncology

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 CancerCenter 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.

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Participants who attend the entire day of class, submit a completed evaluation form, and attain a passing score of 85% on the quiz will be awarded a certificate and nursing contact hours.

» Foundations to Practice in Oncology Registration Form

Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment
Modalities and the Immune System

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

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 therapies, a review of the pathophysiology of cancer, and a review of the immune system.

» Pathophysiology of Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities and the Immune System Course Brochure
» Foundations to Practice and Comprehensive Chemotherapy Registration Form (non-UPMC Registrants)

Overview of Solid Tumors

Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

This course provides an overview of a variety of solid tumors, including breast, colorectal, lung, melanoma, prostate, genito-urinary, and others.

» Solid Tumors Course Brochure
» Foundations to Practice and Comprehensive Chemotherapy Registration Form (non-UPMC Registrants)

Symptom Management of the Patient with Cancer

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

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.

» Symptom Management Course Brochure
» Foundations to Practice and Comprehensive Chemotherapy Registration Form (non-UPMC Registrants)

Oncology Emergencies and Advanced Cancer Issues

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

This course addresses various oncologic emergencies, bone marrow depression, DIC, and thrombotic events. Immunosuppression and end-of-life issues are also addressed.

» Oncology Emergencies Course Brochure
» Foundations to Practice and Comprehensive Chemotherapy Registration Form (non-UPMC Registrants)

Hematological Malignancies

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

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.

» Hematological Malignancies Course Brochure
» Foundations to Practice and Comprehensive Chemotherapy Registration Form (non-UPMC Registrants)

All UPMC employees are required to register for educational programs through uLearn. uLearn is accessed by logging into MY HUB on the UPMC Infonet. A User Guide is available on the uLearn home page. Manager approval may be required for some programs for some employees. If you receive this notice when enrolling, please notify your manager of your interest in the program.

Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biological Therapies Course

Date: Wednesday, October 28, Thursday, October 29, Friday, November 6, and Friday, November 20, 2015

This four-day course is designed to address needs of nursing, pharmacy and other professionals in relation to chemotherapy and biological therapies. It includes information on current pharmacotherapy, safe handling, and administration of anticancer agents and various issues concerning the management of patients receiving cancer therapy.

This course has been expanded to four days due to the increase in agents and adherence issues related to the oral agents. A more extensive review will be held at the end of day four allowing for testing at the work site to be a more beneficial option.

Continuing Education Credit for Entire Comprehensive Chemotherapy Course
UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

To receive 24.58 Contact Hour(s), the learner must attend the entire activity, complete the activity evaluation forms, and successfully complete the written exam with a score of 80% or greater.

This certificate confirms that the participant has successfully completed the course and has the theoretical foundation needed to administer chemotherapy and biotherapy. This is not a certification course; individual institutions are responsible for determining their own requirements based on internal policies for assessing clinical competency in chemotherapy and biotherapy administration.

Continuing Education Credit for Comprehensive Chemotherapy Course for Interventional Radiology

UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation

To receive 11.25 Contact Hour(s), the learner must attend the designated lectures, complete the activity evaluation forms, and successfully complete the written exam with a score of 80% or greater.

This certificate confirms that the participant has successfully completed the course and has the theoretical foundation needed to administer chemotherapy and biotherapy. This is not a certification course; individual institutions are responsible for determining their own requirements based on internal policies for assessing clinical competency in chemotherapy and biotherapy administration.

Chemotherapy Course Testing
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Where: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

This test taking time is only for UPMC employees. Chemo Course attendees and their managers may choose to have testing completed in a proctored setting at their work site. Please discuss with your manager prior to registration. Exam time is proctored and successful completion will fulfill course requirements.

Non-UPMC employees are also required to test, tests are mailed at course completion.

» View Chemotherapy Course Brochure
» Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biological Therapies Course Registration Form (non-UPMC Registrants)

All UPMC employees are required to register for educational programs through uLearn. uLearn is accessed by logging into MY HUB on the UPMC Infonet. A User Guide is available on the uLearn home page. Manager approval may be required for some programs for some employees. If you receive this notice when enrolling, please notify your manager of your interest in the program.

OCN® Test Review Course

Date: Thursday, October 22, and Friday, October 23, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

This two-day course provides an overview of the information required to assist the oncology nurse in preparing for the oncology nursing certification (OCN) exam. Information provided in this course is consistent with review materials provided by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

To receive 14.3 Contact Hour(s), the learner must attend the entire day of class and submit a completed activity evaluation form.

All UPMC employees are required to register for educational programs through uLearn. uLearn is accessed by logging into MY HUB on the UPMC Infonet. A User Guide is available on the uLearn home page. Manager approval may be required for some programs for some employees. If you receive this notice when enrolling, please notify your manager of your interest in the program.

» Why Be OCN® Certified Brochure
» View OCN® Test Review Course Brochure
» OCN® Test Review Course Registration Form

Stem Cell Transplant Course

Date: Wednesdays, November 4, and November 11, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Exact location will be provided in the confirmation letter.

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, veno-occlusive disease, and other transplant related topics.

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

To receive 13.1 Contact Hour(s), the learner must attend the entire day of class and submit a completed activity evaluation form.

All UPMC employees are required to register for educational programs through uLearn. uLearn is accessed by logging into MY HUB on the UPMC Infonet. A User Guide is available on the uLearn home page. Manager approval may be required for some programs for some employees. If you receive this notice when enrolling, please notify your manager of your interest in the program.

» View Stem Cell Transplant Course Brochure
» 2015 Stem Cell Transplant Registration Form for non-UPMC Registrants

Additional Oncology Educational Opportunities

Palliative Care Breakfast Series

This morning breakfast program addresses patient care issues and common problems encountered in the oncology palliative care setting. This program is offered monthly at the Hillman Cancer Center and via conference call to any interested UPMC site. No registration is needed for attendance at Hillman Cancer Center. Continuing education credit may be available. Light breakfast is served at the live location.

This program is currently on hold for the summer and will resume in September. Stay tuned!

American Society of Radiologic Technologists

Programs with ASRT credit and a focus on radiation oncology issues are offered monthly at UPMC Shadyside and via conference call to all interested UPMC sites. No registration is needed for attendance at UPMC Shadyside. Continuing education credit may be available for ASRT and nurses. Lunch is provided at the live location.

Topic: How to Manage Radiation Oncology Patients with Cancer-Related Pain: What Does the Evidence Say?
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Herberman Conference Center, 2nd Floor, Cancer Pavilion, Room 201AB
Speaker: Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD, BCPS, CGP

» View Program Flyer Announcement

Upcoming Conferences

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute's 30th Anniversary Symposium on Cancer Drug Development

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Lectures: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Herberman Conference Center, Second Floor, Cancer Pavilion, UPMC Shadyside
Target Audience: UPCI and University of Pittsburgh faculty members and fellows as well as cancer investigators from nearby academic institutions.

Continuing Education Credit: This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution

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21st Century Comprehensive Cancer Care:
The Evolving Role of the Primary Care Provider

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Lectures: 8:15 a.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Location: Herberman Conference Center, Second Floor, Cancer Pavilion, UPMC Shadyside
Target Audience: Primary Care Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants working in community and academic settings.

Continuing Education Credit: This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution

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