Activity Details

2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ /
ANCC Credit(s)
Released: August 21, 2020
Expires: August 21, 2021
120 minutes to complete

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Target Audience

This activity is intended for medical oncologists, oncology nurses, and other healthcare providers who care for patients with cancer, as well as healthcare administrators.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the risk of infection and severity of illness with COVID-19 across varied patient populations with hematologic and solid tumor malignancies
  • Identify COVID-19 risk mitigation strategies at cancer care facilities, including optimal telemedicine practices
  • Assess guideline-recommended strategies to optimize and individualize treatment protocols for cancer patients infected with COVID-19

Activity Description

The unprecedented era that healthcare providers around the world are facing given the COVID-19 pandemic leaves countless unanswered questions, forcing clinicians and cancer patients to adapt to the current environment. How can clinicians be assured they stay apprised of rapidly evolving data during COVID-19 and consider implications to cancer care?

Mia Levy, MD, PhD, System Vice President for Cancer Services at Rush System for Health, leads discussions with expert Rush University Medical Center oncology, infectious disease, critical care, and administrative panel experts in these commentary segments. These expert panel segments relay the latest information and provide real-world experiences on how a major health system is addressing and adjusting to the current environment on COVID-19’s impact on cancer care.

Statement of Educational Need

Proper knowledge on COVID-19 risk mitigation, identification, and therapeutic management for oncology patients is critical during the pandemic. The purpose of the activity is to hear the latest tales from the trenches surrounding COVID-19 and discuss the pandemic’s implications for managing patients with cancer, including the practical application of telehealth services. Upon completion of this activity, clinicians will be better able to implement recommended practices to mitigate risks from COVID-19 complications and be better aware of COVID-19-related practice changes that will impact their oncology patients and telehealth practices.


Discover Tales from the Trenches Topics:

  • The Latest Epidemiological Data: Cancer and COVID-19
  • Mitigating Risks at Cancer Care Facilities
  • Therapeutic Management During the Pandemic and COVID-19 Infection
  • Continuity of Care in Oncology Practices
  • Optimizing Telemedicine


Mia Levy, MD, PhD (Moderator)
The Sheba Foundation Director of the
Cancer Center at Rush University Medical Center
System Vice President for Cancer Services
Rush System for Health
Chicago, IL

Philip Bonomi, MD, MS
Alice Pirie Wirtz Professor of Medicine
Rush Medical College
Chicago, IL

Melissa Larson, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program
Director, Leukemia Program
Section of Hematology
Division of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Michael Lin, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine,
Division of Infectious Diseases
Hospital Epidemiologist
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Sharon Manson, RN, MS, ACNP
Associate Vice President of Nursing,
Oncology Service Line
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Katie Conklin Struck, JD
System Vice President
and Chief Administrative Officer, Oncology
Rush University System for Health
Chicago, IL

Mark Yoder, MD, MS
Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Medical Director,
Medical Intensive Care Unit
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Conflict of Interest Policy/Disclosure Statement

As a provider of continuing education, Rush University Medical Center asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest prior to the start of the activity.

Disclosure Statement (potential conflict to disclose):

Philip D. Bonomi, MD (faculty) discloses that he has Consulting Agreements with AstraZeneca, Merck, Pfizer Inc., and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals.

The remaining course director(s), planner(s), faculty, and reviewer(s) of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Melissa Larson, MD (Faculty)

Mia Levy, MD, PhD (Moderator)

Michael Lin, MD, MPH (Faculty)

Sharon Manson, RN, MS, ACNP (Faculty)

Katharine Conklin Struck, JD (Faculty)

Mark Yoder, MD, MS (Faculty)

Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices

In accordance with requirements of the FDA, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.

Staff Disclosure

Rush University Medical Center and ACHL staff members and others involved with the planning, development, and review of the content for this activity have no relevant affiliations or financial relationships to disclose. 

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity is being presented without bias and with commercial support.

Designation of Credit

Rush University Medical Center designates this internet enduring material activity for a maximum of (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ANCC Credit Designation Statement

Rush University Medical Center designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of (2) nursing contact hour(s).

Instructions for Receiving Credit

This activity will take approximately 120 minutes to complete. To receive credit, participants are required to complete the pretest, view the online activity, and complete the posttest and evaluation. To receive credit, 66% must be achieved on the posttest. A certificate will be immediately available. There is no fee to participate in the activity or for the generation of the certificate.

Statement of Commercial Support

Supported by educational grants from AbbVie Inc., Astellas, AstraZeneca, Lilly, and Pfizer Inc.

Disclaimer Statement/Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The content for this activity was developed independently of the commercial supporter. All materials are included with permission. The opinions expressed are those of the faculty and are not to be construed as those of the publisher or grantor.

This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, Policies, and Standards for Commercial Support. Recommendations involving clinical medicine in a continuing medical education (CME/CE) activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in CME/CE in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

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