Precision Medicine: Expanding Opportunities
This activity consists of a recorded presentation from the "Essentials of Oncology, Solid Organ and Blood/Marrow Transplant Management for the Health Care Team" conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz., March 14–15, 2022.
Ongoing technological and scientific advances in precision medicine have allowed for increasingly detailed characterization of the genomic, proteomic, and cellular profiles of disease and have enabled the development of therapies that precisely target the molecular basis of these diseases. This session will discuss how precision medicine is quickly becoming a standard of care in the field of oncology and will explore recent advances in such applications as gene sequencing, molecular diagnostic assays, liquid biopsies and biomarkers. Future applications and innovations in precision medicine tailored to the treatment of specific cancers will also be examined.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, and other health care professionals who are interested in precision medicine and its utilization in the oncology field.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Review dramatic examples of precision medicine utilization in the oncology field to illustrate the rapid expansion of these therapies.
- Explore the innovative applications of precision medicine expected to emerge in the near future.
- Discuss the role of next-generation sequencing, liquid biopsies, and biomarkers in oncological diagnostic and treatment strategies.
- Describe the role of the NCCN Biomarkers Compendium® in ensuring patient coverage and access to appropriate biomarker testing based on the evaluations and recommendations of NCCN panel members.
Jason D. Merker, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Associate Professor, Genetics
Director, Cancer Molecular Pathology
Co-Director, Translational Genomics Laboratory
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center;
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC
About the presenter
Dr. Jason D. Merker is an associate professor in the departments of pathology and laboratory medicine and genetics at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC). He is director of molecular oncology, co-director of the LCCC Translational Genomics Laboratory and co-chair of the UNC Health Molecular Tumor Board. At UNC, Dr. Merker oversees a wide range of programs and projects involving translational and clinical cancer genomics, correlative genomic studies in cancer clinical trials, and precision oncology.
Dr. Merker received his BS, MD and PhD in genetics from UNC. He completed residency and fellowship training at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, followed by postdoctoral training in cancer genomics at Stanford University. Dr. Merker is board-certified in clinical pathology and molecular genetic pathology by the American Board of Pathology and in clinical cytogenetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics.
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Eden Prairie, MN
Matthew Cooper, MD
President, UNOS Board of Directors;
Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute;
Professor of Surgery
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
Alan N. Langnas, DO, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Director, Center of Transplantation
Chief, Section of Transplantation,
Department of Surgery
University of Nebraska Medical Center;
Director of Liver Transplantation
C. Fred LeMaistre, MD
Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President, Market Operations
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Dr. Merker has indicated that he is on the advisory boards for Bristol Myers Squibb and PierianDx, and receives grant/research funding from Illumina.
The activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education 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 health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.0 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour(s) ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.0 contact hour(s).
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-22-146-H01-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.0 clock hour(s) for Certified Case Managers (CCM).
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Psychologists and social workers
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- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
- 1.00 CDR - Dietitians
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