Geriatric Oncology: Cognition and Communication (December Session)

Starts:  Dec 8, 2022 08:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Dec 9, 2022 05:00 PM (ET)
Date & Location
Thursday, September 15, 2022, 8:30 AM - Friday, December 9, 2022, 5:00 PM EST

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This program will provide a high-level discussion surrounding chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment, distress/anxiety, and its effects on cognition, delirium, dementia, and depression. This live virtual course will focus on communication-based concerns and barriers when interacting with the older cancer patient (including caregivers and family members), evaluation of decision making capacity, as well as how to work with an interpreter for patients who suffer both from dementia and experience a language barrier.

Sessions Available

September 15-16, 2022

December 8-9, 2022

Training Highlight

The Geriatric Communication Skills Training on day two is comprised of a specific experiential learning methodology that will immerse participants in practicing newly taught skills in a simulated relevant clinical environment.

Who Should Attend

The target audience for this program includes physicians, social workers, nurses, physical therapists, and any other healthcare professionals who work with or have an interest in working with older adult cancer patients.

Live Virtual Program

This live virtual program will be delivered using Zoom. We encourage all attendees to download the Zoom app prior to the start of the course ( Additional access details will be emailed to all attendees before the course. CME, ABIM MOC, Social Work, and Nursing credits are available.

This educational activity is funded by the National Cancer Institute.

  1. Provide an overview on dementia, delirium, depression: its detection and care
  2. Discuss the role of distress and anxiety on quality of life of older cancer patients
  3. Define decision-making capacity and explain its legal implications
  4. Appreciate decision-making challenges and learn to assess in older adults with cancer and cognitive syndromes
  5. Recognize ageism and appreciate how it interferes with the medical care of older adults with cancer
  6. Become familiar with the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in the evaluation of elderly cancer patients with cognitive decline
  7. Understand the principles of shared decision making
  8. Observe and practice skills for successful facilitation shared decision-making with an older adult with cancer and their caregiver

Registration is complimentary for accepted applicants.

To submit an application for this live virtual program, select the 'Registration' tab above and choose either the September 15-16 or the December 8-9, 2022 session on the application. All applicants must review and agree to the MSK CME Program Terms of Use, which is included in the course application. 

This two-day training is held a few times a year for any healthcare professional who works with or has an interest in working with older cancer patients. Participants will be competitively selected by an application process and registration is complimentary for those accepted.

Post-training, participants will be given access to an interactive web portal for program content resources, a community message board and will be asked to complete follow-up evaluations for research purposes. In the year following the training, course participants will be expected to attend 6 bi-monthly videoconferences to learn additional geriatric oncology content, receive coaching on the use of the newly acquired skills, and help with problem-solving around the transfer of these skills to the participants’ own healthcare settings.


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC Recognition Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14.50 Medical Knowledge and Practice Assessment MOC points and patient safety MOC credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Social Work Accreditation Statement*

This presentation is approved for a maximum of 14.50 Continuing Education Contact Hours of Live Virtual Training. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0228.

Continuing Education for Licensed Psychologists in New York State*

This event offers 14.5 NYS Psychology Contact Hours

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is recognized by the New York State Education Department State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0166

ANCC CNE Statement**

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Nursing Professional Development/Continuing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact hours will be awarded to participants who attend the program in its entirety and complete a program evaluation. Partial credit not awarded. 


*Not all states accept NYS CEUs. Please check with the licensing board in your state for guidance on their acceptance of the credit types offered for this course

**Please check with the licensing board in your state for guidance on their acceptance of the credit types offered for this course as designated in the accreditation statement above prior to registering.

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