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March 28, 2013
Educational Programs and Resources
New Cancer Programs Online Education Portal to Launch in April

The Cancer Programs of the American College of Surgeons, including the Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), and the Collaborative Stage Data Collection System (CS) have all collaborated on a new online education portal that will be launching in April.  Final testing is underway to assure a smooth user experience.  We will communicate when the site is open via a special issue of The CoC Source.  

Changes to the Online Education Portal include complimentary access to CoC webinars for all staff associated with a CoC-accredited cancer program (staff must have a CoC Datalinks User ID and Password to access the complimentary webinars; see directions below to obtain access to CoC Datalinks), multiple search functions accessible through pull-down menus and a search box, easy access to educational webinars developed by other Cancer Programs, a personal user account to access webinars and certificates, and instructional videos on how to use the new site.  

Once the Online Education Portal is open, webinars will no longer be available for purchase from the former site and current users will have two months to view any purchased webinars and print out certificates. Existing accounts and contents will not be transferred to the new site as new user accounts must be created. Directional videos will be available on the new site instructing individuals on how to create new user accounts and passwords, accessing your account, and purchasing/viewing webinars.

The new site will launch with the following CoC webinars originally recorded in December 2011 and updated in January 2013:

  1. Cancer Program Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Standard 3.1 Patient Navigation Process
  2. Cancer Clinical Trials
  3. Cancer Program Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Focus on Psychosocial Distress Screening, Tools and Resources, Assuring a High-Quality Registry to Support Patient-Centered Care
  4. Cancer Program Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Focus on Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing
  5. Cancer Program Standards 2012: Clinical Services: Focus on Palliative Care Services

New CoC webinar topics under development include:

  1. Running an Optimal Cancer Committee
  2. CoC Standard 4.6 Assessment and Treatment Planning
  3. Changes to Facility Oncology Registry Data Standards (FORDS)
  4. What is the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) and What Does it Mean for Your Cancer Program?
  5. Navigating and Making the Most of the RQRS Application
  6. How to Use RQRS in Your Cancer Program
  7. Important Accreditation Facts: New Program Categories and Accreditation Awards
  8. Focus on Roles and Responsibilities of the Cancer Committee
  9. Eligibility Requirements: The Cancer Committee's Role in Evaluation and Reporting
  10. 2013 and Beyond: The Survey Process
  11. CoC Standard on Genetics
  12. American Cancer Society topics on Screening and Prevention Guidelines

Special Note to CoC-accredited Cancer Program Staff:
All CoC-accredited cancer program staff will have complimentary access to all CoC webinars through the new Online Education Portal. In order to access the webinars for free, each participating staff person at a CoC-accredited cancer program must use their CoC Datalinks User ID and Password to log into the new site. If you or your staff members do not have a user account in CoC Datalinks, please request one using the directions below. As it can take up to 3 days to process a new Datalinks User ID, we recommend that you request one immediately to allow sufficient processing time.

Directions to obtain a CoC Datalinks User ID and Password (do not request a new one if you already have one):

  • Contact your Registrar or Cancer Program Administrator at your CoC-accredited cancer program and request a CoC Datalinks user account.
  • The Registrar or Administrator must log into CoC Datalinks and submit the electronic request for the new user via the “Manage Staff Contacts” link on the CoC Datalinks Activity Menu. Please use the Staff Management web page: for instructions/information on adding, editing and removing contacts.
  • If you do not fit any of the roles in CoC Datalinks, then you should be added as “Datalinks Contact”.
  • CoC staff process new user requests.  All new users will receive an email with login information from within 3 business days.
  • Retain your User ID and Password to log in to the Online Education Portal.  

If you have any questions on this, please contact

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