2019 Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium


Program Content/Format

The 2019 Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium is a two-and-a-half day meeting featuring interactive case discussions; educational sessions on multidisciplinary therapies, new targeted therapies, immunotherapy, treatment and screening guidelines, supportive care; and oral abstract sessions highlighting the most current, evidence-based practices. The goal of this meeting is to provide participants with updates on current clinical and translational initiatives in thoracic malignancies, including targeted therapy, immunotherapy, advanced radiation techniques, surgical methodologies, and pathological advancements in molecular categorization that are relevant to daily clinical practice. Additionally, attendees will be updated on the appropriate integration of these advancements in their daily practice, including indication, patient selection, combinations of different therapeutic modalities, prevention and management of common toxicities.

Statement of Need

It is imperative that thoracic oncology physicians remain current in the state-of-the-art scientific advances and technologies. This meeting provides attendees the opportunity to gain exposure to the latest science in surgery, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology, pulmonary medicine and medical oncology related to thoracic malignancies. Attendees need to determine how the latest scientific advances will affect their day-to-day practice, and thus be able to narrow competency gaps across the various specialties that focus on treatment of thoracic malignancies. Attendees also need to determine greatest obstacles that hinder implementing scientific advances in thoracic oncology into their day-to-day practice.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this live activity, attendees should be able to:

  1. Discuss the relevance of the precision medicine initiative for clinical practice in thoracic malignancies.
  2. Identify and overcome barriers to applying precision medicine recommendations into practice.
  3. Integrate targeted therapies and immunotherapy in the daily clinical management of thoracic malignancies and apply new knowledge about management of toxicities from these new treatments.
  4. Apply radiation and surgical techniques in the treatment of thoracic malignancies, keeping in mind the limitations of each.

Elements of Competence

This educational forum has been designed to narrow the competency gaps of

  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based Practice
  • Patient-centered Care
  • Work in Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Quality Improvement
  • Utilize Informatics
  • Professional Standing
  • Commitment to Lifelong Learning
  • Cognitive Expertise
  • Evaluation of Performance in Practice
  • Roles/Responsibilities
  • Interprofessional Communication
  • Teams and Teamwork

These are 17 of the 19 core competencies embraced by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Institute of Medicine, the American Board of Radiology and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Target Audience

This meeting is designed to meet the interests of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, physicists, nurses, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, thoracic radiologists and pulmonary medicine physicians.