SELF-ASSESSMENT MODULE

Self-Assessment Module

Pre-Resection vs. Post-Resection SRS for Brain Metastases

A session from the Radiosurgery Society SRS/SBRT Scientific Meeting 2016 presented by:

  • Scott Soltys, MD
  • John C. Flickinger, MD

This course, which has been accredited by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) for Self-Assessment Module (SAM) maintenance of certification credit for both physicians and medical physicists, is available from June 13, 2016, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 1, 2022.

In order to earn credit for this course, participants must:

  • Learners must listen to each self-directed audio recording while following along with the visual slides/read the articles.
  • Pass the post-test with a score of 75% or higher.
  • Complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion.
  • Participate in the entire activity as partial credit is not available.
  • If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.

The activity is approximately 1.25 hours in length.

Course Fees

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Statement of Need

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is an increasingly common treatment modality used in both the pre-surgical and post-surgical setting for the treatment of brain metastases. Some studies indicate that pre-operative SRS may have potential benefits compared to post-operative SRS for select patients with brain metastases. Other studies have not shown a benefit of pre-operative SRS compared to post-operative SRS for brain metastases. There is a need to review the current state of the literature on pre-operative SRS vs post-operative SRS, to understand the benefits and risks of each SRS in the pre vs post-operative setting, and discuss future studies needed to maximize the therapeutic benefits of SRS for the treatment of brain metastases.

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the needs of radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, medical physicists, residents-in-training and healthcare professionals with interest in learning about the benefits and risks of pre-operative resection SRS vs post-operative resection SRS to treat brain metastases.

Activity Objectives

  • Explain the rationale for using SRS prior to surgical resection and the rationale for using SRS post-surgical resection for the treatment of brain metastases.
  • Compare the benefits and risks of delivering SRS prior to surgical resection vs post-surgical resection for the treatment of brain metastases from evidence-based literature.
  • Discuss the clinical outcomes and toxicities associated with SRS treatment of brain metastases in the context of the pre-operative vs the post-operative setting.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and the Radiosurgery Society. Amedco LLC 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.

Credit Designation Statement

Amedco LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Radiology SA-CME Self-Assessment Credit

The Radiosurgery Society Self-Assessment Module (SAM) titled Pre-Resection vs. Post-Resection SRS for Brain Metastases is qualified by the American Board of Radiology in meeting the criteria for self-assessment toward the purpose of fulfilling requirements in the ABR Maintenance of Certification Program and has been qualified for 1.25 SAM credits. The ABR qualified this SAM on June 13, 2016.

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest

The following table of disclosure information is provided to learners and contains the relevant financial relationships that each individual in a position to control the content disclosed to Amedco. All of these relationships were treated as a conflict of interest, and have been resolved. (C7 SCS 6.1-­‐6.2, 6.5)

All individuals in a position to control the content of CE are listed below.

  • Scott Soltys, MD - Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: Consultant
  • John C. Flickinger, MD - No Disclosures

Acknowledgement of Financial Commercial Support

No financial commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Acknowledgement of In-Kind Commercial Support

No in-kind commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Certificate of Participation

A certificate will be issued upon completion of course requirements, including the evaluation, enabling you to register your credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations.

Technology Requirements

Software Requirements

  • A browser version of Internet Explorer 10.0 and higher or Firefox 3.0 or higher, Google Chrome Version 35 or higher.

A note on browser incompatibility:

  • We have tested IE 6.x in controlled configurations and we can stream successfully, but there are some versions that may not support the RTMP streams we push out - basically new technology that old technology can't handle.
  • Possible remedy: upgrade browser version, try alternate browsers such as Firefox.
  • Flash Player Version 11 or higher. If you have an older version it would be best to upgrade now. It's free and does not require a reboot. http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer

Hardware Requirements

  • Windows Based Computer, Mac based Computers, smart phone, tablets
  • Windows Based Computer, Mac based Computers, smart phone, tablets
  • Windows XP SP 3 or Vista Home Premium or better
  • Mac OS x 10.5.3 or better
  • Pentium 4 or better
  • 1meg of System Ram (Memory)
  • True Color 32 bit video card
  • Sound card and speakers

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Policies

No refunds, extensions, or substitutions will be made for those participants who, for any reason, have not completed the course by the end of the qualification date. The qualification date for each course is listed on the RSS website under the title of the course.

Participants using RSS online courses to satisfy the requirement of a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program should verify the number, type and availability dates of any course before making a purchase. No refunds, extensions, or substitutions will be made for participants who have purchased courses that do not align with their MOC requirement.

The course and its materials will only be available on the RSS website for that 3 year period regardless of purchase date. At the expiration of the qualification, participants will no longer have access to the course or its materials. The RSS reserves the right to remove a course before the end of its qualification period.

Please contact SAMs@therss.org if you have questions.