Colorectal Cancer Screening Continuing Education

In partnership with CDC, Medscape Education developed a continuing education course for primary care providers on colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. Course goals are to increase CRC screening and improve CRC screening quality.

CRC Screening and Surveillance: Optimizing Quality

1.0 CME/CNE credits
Released March 24, 2021. Valid for credit through March 24, 2024.

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This clinical anthology course has three related sections.

Section 1: The Why, How, Who, and When of CRC Screening and Surveillance

Author: Douglas Corley, MD, PhD; Kaiser Permanente, Northern California

This section covers—

  • Why CRC screening is important as a cancer prevention and control tool for primary care providers.
  • How primary care providers can screen for CRC using stool-based and direct visualization screening options.
  • How to determine the timing and frequency of CRC screening using factors such as personal history or family history of polyps or CRC, age, and comorbidities (risk stratification).
Section 2: Improving Stool Testing for CRC Screening in the Primary Care Setting

Author: Michael P. Pignone, MD, MPH; Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

This section covers—

  • The pros and cons of current stool-based testing options.
  • Seven essential steps to developing a high-quality home stool testing program.
  • The need for a systematic approach for stool testing programs that includes regular testing and follow-up colonoscopy.
Section 3: The Role of Primary Care Providers in the Delivery of High-Quality Colonoscopy

Author: Jennifer Weiss, MD, MS; University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

This section covers—

  • Colonoscopy implementation challenges and how to address these challenges.
  • Guidance for ensuring adequate bowel preparation for colonoscopy.
  • Colonoscopy safety considerations.
  • How to interpret the colonoscopy report.
  • How to use metrics and benchmarks to monitor procedure quality.