This activity was originally released as Factors of Breast Conservation (SAM eligible) and was available between June 30, 2011 and June 30, 2014. The content was reviewed in March, 2014 and an updated version of the activity, with the same title, was available from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017. The content was reviewed in January 2017. If you completed previous versions, you are NOT eligible to claim CME/SAM credit(s) for completing this updated version.
This activity will provide an overview of the clinical studies for breast conservation therapy (BCT), including how to apply the rationale and clinical goals of BCT to the pathologic evaluation of breast specimens. Participants will also learn how to identify eligible patients, the best approach for specimen handling, effective methods of margin evaluation, and the effects neoadjuvant therapy has on pathology. Learners will practice applying these skills to realistic breast cancer scenarios and have the opportunity to hear a discussion of challenges as well as gather best practices used by faculty experts, including a radiation oncologist.
After you complete the activity, you will be presented with a 14-question post-test.
After completing this SAM eligible activity and post-test, you should be able to:
- Apply the rationale and clinical goals for breast conservation to your pathologic evaluation of breast specimens.
- Explain the role of radiation therapy in breast conservation.
- Determine patient eligibility for breast conservation therapy.
- Accurately evaluate all margins by gross and microscopic evaluation and submit tissue for histologic examination from the surgical specimen as appropriate for the type and size of the specimen.
- Determine when reexcision is necessary, based on specimen assessment and imaging studies.
- Perform an optimal pathologic evaluation of breast specimens after neoadjuvant therapy.
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a
maximum of 3.75
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the American Board of Pathology’s (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs).
Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Section 3 Credit
Accreditation in Canada: This event is an Accredited Self Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association Canadienne des Pathologistes. You may claim a maximum of 3.75 hour(s) equivalent to 11.25 credit(s).
You have a total of three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you correctly answer 70% or more of the post-test items, you may claim credit. CME/SAM credit can be applied to the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Self-Assessment Module (SAM) requirements. The AMA requires that you pass the post-test in a enduring program to claim credit; therefore, if you do not pass, you cannot claim credit.
Attention Canadian Participants: You have three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you do not pass the post-test after three attempts, you may still claim CPD credit (self-assessment program credits) for this activity. Please contact a representative of the CAP Learning Division at 800-323-4040, Option 1 or email@example.com with the name of this activity and the date completed to request a Letter of Participation..
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College of American Pathologists
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Northfield, IL 60093-2750
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CAP Learning has recognized that some Veteran’s Administration, US Government, and military participants may have difficulty accessing the online assessment portion of this activity. If you experience difficulty or have any questions, please contact a representative of the CAP Learning Division at 800-323-4040, Option 1 or email@example.com.
This activity and evaluation is available July 5, 2017 and will expire on July 3, 2020 12:00 AM (ET). You MUST claim credit by this date and time.