BC Cancer Primary Care Education

The BC Cancer Primary Care Education is an educational partnership building on the previous success of the Cancer Care Outreach Program on Education (CCOPE). The program’s aim is to support primary care providers in their growing cancer care role and share best practices and resources throughout the care continuum.

Education

A series of online modules developed to support providers practicing in British Columbia who are interested in learning more about breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer (launching May 2020).

Each interactive module:

  • explores the role of primary care in supporting patients through their journey
  • teaches best practices in screening, treatment, and surveillance using interactive cases.
  • directs learners to high-quality practical and relevant resources.
  • offers opportunity to consider cancer care related quality improvement in practice.

Click on the course titles below to learn more about each course.

Colorectal Cancer

This online module is for primary care providers practicing in British Columbia who are interested in learning more about colorectal cancer care.

Link to Online Course

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe and select from available screening options to reduce colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality in asymptomatic patients.
  2. Recognize red flag symptoms associated with CRC and select appropriate and timely diagnostic investigations and referrals.
  3. Define cultural safety and humility, and identify ways to create safe and respectful healthcare relationships.
  4. Describe the roles and responsibilities of health care providers along the CRC continuum.
  5. Identify and manage matters related to survivorship, surveillance, and late effects in CRC.

Breast Cancer

This online module is for primary care providers practicing in British Columbia who are interested in learning more about breast cancer care.

Link to Online Course

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe and select from available screening options for early detection of breast cancer and mortality reduction in asymptomatic patients.
  2. Recognize red flag symptoms associated with breast cancer and select appropriate and timely diagnostic investigations and referrals.
  3. Define cultural safety and humility, and identify ways to create safe and respectful healthcare relationships.
  4. Describe the roles and responsibilities of health care providers along the breast cancer care continuum.
  5. Identify and manage matters related to survivorship, surveillance, and late effects in breast cancer.

Prostate Cancer - Launching May 2020

This online module is for primary care providers practicing in British Columbia who are interested in learning more about prostate cancer care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe and select from available testing options in asymptomatic patients, leading to early prostate cancer detection and improved patient outcomes.
  2. Recognize red flag symptoms associated with prostate cancer and select appropriate and timely diagnostic investigations and referrals.
  3. Define cultural safety and humility, and identify ways to create safer and more respectful healthcare relationships.
  4. Describe roles and responsibilities of health care providers along the prostate cancer continuum.
  5. Identify and manage matters related to survivorship, surveillance, and late effects in prostate cancer.

 

Program Goals

  1. Enhance primary care provider engagement and connection with BC Cancer.
  2. Increase role clarity and promote shared care through enabling relationships between all members of the cancer care team.
  3. Offer accessible learning opportunities that promote evidence-based practice improvement for primary care providers.
  4. Guide primary care providers to practical and enduring resources.
     

Background


2009

Cancer Screening Needs Assessment

In partnership with BC Cancer, the University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) conducted a needs assessment to identify knowledge gaps and learning needs related to cancer screening for family physicians. This led to the establishment of Cancer Care Outreach Program on Education (CCOPE), a partnership with the Family Practice Oncology Network (FPON).

CCOPE is a comprehensive, certified physician education program aimed at supporting family physicians and other primary care providers in their growing cancer care role through high quality education opportunities.


2012 to 2016

Delivery of CCOPE Workshops Across BC

The small-group, case-based, interactive workshops were designed for family physicians on the topics of advanced, breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer care. Each workshop was followed by a teleconference session two months post-workshop, allowing learners to share successes, challenges, and ask outstanding questions.

In its three-year mandate, CCOPE reached over 1200 primary care providers in 90 communities across BC.


2017

Oncology-Focused Needs Assessment

FPON engaged UBC CPD to conduct a second needs assessment to gain a better understanding of the current and ongoing unmet needs of family physicians providing care for patients throughout the continuum of cancer care.

Key findings indicated that family physicians would benefit from a provincial primary care program that:

  1. Collaborates with key stakeholders

  2. Develops and delivers high-quality education and resources

  3. Advocates to bring the voice of primary care to the work of BC Cancer


2019 to 2021

Education Redesign and Rebrand

Based on the needs identified, a three-year plan has been established to redesign and rebrand CCOPE into the BC Cancer Primary Care Education.

The goal of these sessions is to support family physicians and other primary care providers in their growing cancer care role sharing best practices through high quality education opportunities including online self-directed modules, small group in-person workshops, and practice improvement resources.

 

Project Team

If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact us at ccope.cpd@ubc.ca.

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