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What's Your Story?

From the Director of Telehealth

by Tim Poe
Please share how you or others have benefited from a UNCCN Telehealth Lecture.
We always love to hear from our Telehealth Lecture audience, and this month I have a special request. Please take just a couple of minutes to reflect on the UNCCN Telehealth Lectures that you have attended and let us know if there is something notable that you have learned and applied, either in a clinical or a personal setting. This could include (but is certainly not limited to): 

  • Information regarding a medication.
  • Information regarding management of symptoms.
  • Details regarding a resource for patients or clinicians.

We would like to be able to hear and share stories of lessons learned from our lectures. Any details you can provide will be very helpful. If you recall the specific lecture title and or speaker, that will be useful, but is certainly not required. 

Please email us your story or recollection at Please also let us know if we may share your story on our site, and if we may include your name, or if you would prefer that we keep your story anonymous. Finally, if your story involves a patient, we will (of course) ask that privacy be maintained, in accordance with all HIPAA regulations. 

Thank you. We look forward to hearing your stories and (with your permission) sharing them with our UNC Cancer Network community. 

All the best, 

Hard Rule UNC Blue

Courses in the Learning Portal

Earn Free Continuing Education Credits on Your Schedule!

by Jon Powell, PhD

Oncology professionals can now use our enduring materials collection to earn free continuing education credits at times that are much more convenient to their schedules.

Many oncology professionals in North Carolina earn continuing education credits—whether CME, ANCC, or ASRT—by watching the UNC Cancer Network’s (UNCCN) live lectures at noon, on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. This undertaking requires commitment and the ability to break away from other tasks and duties

Since we use the same lectures for our live lectures and enduring materials collection, it is important to note that there are a couple of differences between how each one functions. With the live lectures, attendees must be able to watch the presentation at a designated site with other oncology professionals or view it on their computer, tablet, or phone. To satisfy accreditation requirements, we use rosters and Zoom monitoring to verify attendance for the entire lecture.

With the enduring materials, oncology professionals can attend a lecture on their own schedules. Individuals can log into our Learning Portal (, choose a course, watch the video, take an assessment, and complete an evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Because the video is prerecorded (made at the time of the live lecture), this activity can be accomplished at any time of day or night, which can make it more convenient for many busy professionals. Since we do not take attendance, accreditation requirements are fulfilled by the use of an assessment.

The number of courses available in the enduring materials has grown in the last month.  UNCCN has added a number of new RN and Allied Health as well as Medical and Surgical Oncology courses to our Learning Portal, and we have several more lectures moving through the accreditation approval process.

With the RN and Allied Health lecture series, the following courses are ready: 

  • Trevor Jolly, MBBS — “Caring for Older Adults with Cancer: Who, When, Where, Why, and How?” (Available until 10/31/18)
  • AnnMarie Walton, PhD, MPH, RN, OCN, CHES — “Pesticide Protective Behavior in Agriculture: A Cancer Prevention Strategy” (Available until 10/31/18)
  • Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH — “The Importance of an Integrated Emotional Support Program for Physicians and Providers: How Do We Take Care of Our Own?” (Available until 3/11/19)
  • Gary Asher, MD, MPH — “The Evidence Base for Integrative Approaches to Cancer Care” (Available until 4/12/19)
  • Gary Winzelberg, MD, MPH — “The Roles of Hospice and Palliative Care in Improving Quality of Life” (Available until 4/15/19)
  • Aimee Faso, PharmD, BCOP, CPP — “Fluorouracil (5-FU) Toxicities and Strategies for Management” (Available until 4/15/19)

For the Medical and Surgical Oncology lecture series, we have these courses: 

  • Thomas Alexander, MD, MPH — “Meeting the Unique Needs of Pediatric Oncology Patients” (Available until 4/17/19)
  • Chad Pecot, MD — “Immunotherapy Advances in Lung Cancer” (Available until 4/1/19)
  • Jason Akulian, MD, MPH — “Managing Cancer Heterogeneity” (Available until 4/17/19)
  • Claire Dees, MD — “Metastatic Breast Cancer 2017” (accreditation approval is pending)

As with our live lectures, continuing education credits for the enduring materials lectures are approved by the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Visit and check out the courses for yourself!