10146 - Merkel Cell Carcinoma: An Update on the role of Human Polyomavirus

Course Director

Dilys Chen, M.D., Harvard Medical School

Description

This course presents the current knowledge regarding clinical and histological features, etiology, and natural history of Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC).

Credits

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Opus Medicus designates this Internet enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credits

In addition to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, Opus Medicus designates this course for Specialty Board MOC Program Credits:

1.0 ABP SAM for MOC Credits1
1.0 ABIM MOC Points2

Accreditation Statement

Opus Medicus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Tuition Fees

Course & Credits: $24.00

Course Dates

Last Review Date: 03-May-2017
Expiration Date: 02-May-2020

Objectives

After taking this course, participants will:

1. Be familiar with the epidemiology and clinical presentation of Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC)

2. Know the criteria for the histologic diagnosis of MCC, important differential diagnoses and use of immunohistochemistry

3. Be familiar with the etiology of MCC and its proposed pathogenesis

4. Understand the evidence implicating polyomavirus as a cause of MCC

5. Be familiar with the proposed clinical and histologic differences seen in polyomavirus induced MCC

6. Be aware of the potential new therapies being developed for the treatment of MCC

Topics

1. Epidemiology of MCC

2. Histology and origin

3. Proposed pathogenesis

4. Polyomavirus and human disease

5. Viral oncogenesis in MCC

6. Impact on prognosis

7. Treatment and future directions

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Competencies

☑  Patient Care (PC)
☑  Medical Knowledge (MK)

Financial Relationship Disclosure and Content Attestation

Dr. Dilys Chen attests that she has no financial relationships with a commercial entity offering healthcare related products and/or services. Dr. Steven R. Tahan, Education Committee Chair, attests that commercial entities with which he has relationships do not offer healthcare related products or services relevant to the content of this course. No other person who has provided content for or who can influence the content of this course has disclosed financial relationships with commercial entities that offer healthcare-related products or services relevant to the course content.

There has been no commercial support for this course.

Supported Computer Hardware and Software Configurations3

Supported client computing platforms include:

A broadband Internet connection is required (e.g., cable, DSL, and 3G or 4G wireless). The course presentation is automatically scaled to the size of the display, from 800x480 pixels (minimum supported) to 1920x1200 pixels. On some smart phones, viewing courses may be tedious.

Supported browsers include:

Javascript, cookies, and popups must be enabled on your browser (which is the default configuration for most browsers).


1. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 Self Assessment Module (SAM) Credits in the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program, in addition to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Participants will earn SAM for MOC credits equivalent to the amount of AMA PRA Category 1 credits claimed for the activity. Upon course completion, participants may download a completion certificate as evidence of completion.

2. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program, in addition to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of AMA PRA Category 1 credits claimed for the activity. Immediately upon course completion, Opus Medicus will submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

3. The course may also be viewable on other client computing platforms that comply with Internet standards. If you experience technical problems that prevent you from viewing the course, we will promptly issue a full refund upon request.