SELF-ASSESSMENT MODULE

Self-Assessment Module

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Tumors

A session from the Radiosurgery Society SRS/SBRT Scientific Meeting 2014 presented by:

  • Maged Ghaly, MD
  • Dwight E. Heron, MD, FACRO, FACR

This course, which has been accredited by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) for Self-Assessment Module (SAM) maintenance of certification credit for physicians, is available from October 1, 2014, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on December 31, 2021.

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-hour in length.

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Statement of Need

The role of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) as a therapeutic option for the treatment of head and neck tumors is continuously evolving. SBRT has been shown to achieve effective local control when used as a boost after external beam radiation for the treatment of head and neck tumors. SBRT has also been used as a primary local therapy in medically inoperable patients and is used as a salvage therapy for recurrent head and neck cancers. Significant challenges are involved when delivering radiation to the head and neck region and there is a need to further improve the toxicity profile following radiation therapy. The optimal dose, fractionation and duration of SBRT need to be further defined as well as exploring the combination of biological approaches to maximize the impact of radiation treatment for head and neck tumors.

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the needs of radiation oncologists and residents-in-training with interests in SBRT for the treatment of head and neck tumors.

Activity Objectives

  • Summarize the basic principles of SBRT and the rationale for the use of SBRT in the treatment of head and neck tumors through evidence-based literature.
  • Describe the patient selection for SBRT for the treatment of head and neck tumors.
  • Discuss the role of SBRT for the treatment of recurrent, previously-irradiated squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Define the role of imaging in treatment planning of SBRT and describe patient set-up for SBRT delivery.
  • Explain the principles of treatment planning to deliver SBRT to head and neck tumors.
  • Understand the toxicities associated with SBRT treatment of head and neck lesions.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and the Radiosurgery Society. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Minnesota Medical Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 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 Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Tumors 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 1.0 SAM credits. The ABR qualified this SAM on October 1, 2014.

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest

It is the policy of the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its CME activities. To comply with the Standards for Commercial Support of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the MMA requires members of the planning committee and faculty to disclose the existence of any financial interest or other relationship he/she and his/her spouse or partner has with companies whose health care products or services are discussed in an educational presentation. The requirement applies to relationships that are in place at the time of the CME activity or in the 12 months preceding the activity. The members of the faculty and planning committee for this conference have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of the CME activity. Faculty members have declared that they will uphold the MMA’s standards regarding CME activities and that any clinical recommendations are based on the best available evidence or are consistent with generally accepted medical practice. Please indicate in the comments section of the evaluation form whether you detect any instances of bias toward products manufactured by commercial interests.

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

  • Maged Ghaly, MD - no significant financial relationship(s) with business and industry.
  • Dwight E. Heron, MD, FACRO, FACR - no significant financial relationship(s) with business and industry.

Acknowledgement of Financial Commercial Support

No in-kind 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.

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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.

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