Winter 2018 NAACCR Narrative Leave a comment

Frances Ross and Mignon Dryden
Co-Chairs, Professional Development Steering Committee

Below are some highlights of the activities and projects currently being undertaken by the Professional Development Steering Committee:

  • Continue to work with authors to update remaining PowerPoint presentations for the Survey Course which is available on our Learning Management System (LMS). Identify others who may be interested in updating or providing voice overs as needed. 13 presentations are posted on the LMS and available for membership viewing. This was formerly the “Short Course” and has proven to be a great resource for registries wanting more information on specific topics on state/regional cancer registry operations.
  • Identify ways NAACCR can assist registries with Recruitment and Retention. The committee invited Lori Swain, Executive Director of NCRA, to share their progress with Recruitment and Retention on our December call. Lori suggested surveying the Central Registry directors and managers to identify topics of interest, areas of need and approaches to future educational venues for NAACCR and the Professional Development Steering Committee. This survey is under construction and will be sent out soon!
  • Create a breakout session at the upcoming meeting in Pittsburgh focusing on the above-mentioned R&R survey results.
  • Develop some policies and procedures for the student posters and presentations at the Annual Conference. These Policies and Procedures would provide guidelines for the Program Committee, as well as the student participants, and help ensure consistency in this program for future annual conferences. A work group was formed; they felt like many of the criteria for judging posters and presentations already existed and they formalized these into a Policy and Procedures document.
  • At a roundtable discussion at the 2017 NAACCR Annual Conference in Albuquerque, while exploring ideas for Retention and Recruitment of Informatics professionals, the idea of a Hack-a-thon was introduced. Michelle Esterly has been the work group leader on this project, and she has been talking to contacts at the University of Pittsburg, setting up calls, and soliciting their participation and support for this activity. So far, there has been great interest and enthusiasm shown for this idea, and the committee secured the University of Pittsburgh for the venue. Look for more details on this exciting event to come out next month.



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