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August 30, 2018 (Cleveland)

CHAMPS Oncology CIM Practicum Proves to be a Valuable Experience for Tri-C Student



CHAMPS Oncology CIM Practicum Proves to be a Valuable Experience for Tri-C StudentEarlier this month CHAMPS Oncology completed hosting a 118-hour Cancer Information Management (CIM) practicum with a student from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) who was on the path to becoming a future Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR).

There wasn’t a moment of hesitation when Tri-C Preceptor Pamela Luber RHIA, CCS, BA, contacted Vice President of CHAMPS Oncology Toni Hare, RHIT, CTR, to serve as a site supervisor and host a CIM practicum experience.

“CHAMPS accepted this opportunity to mentor a future cancer registrar with open arms,” said Hare. “Our goal was to create a real-life practicum for CIM students to experience the multi-faceted cancer registry operations within a hospital-based cancer program.”

Hare has been a member of Tri-C’s Health Information Management and Technology Advisory Board for more than 20 years and nearly three years ago, helped build the Cancer Registrar Post-Degree Certificate Program curriculum at Tri-C.

Juliann Sutton, the ambitious Tri-C student participating in CHAMPS Oncology’s CIM practicum, gained first-hand, clinical-site experience alongside three seasoned CHAMPS’ CTRs at MetroHealth Medical Center, one of CHAMPS’ valued clients and at CHAMPS Oncology’s home office in Cleveland, Ohio.

“I believe my experience was truly a learning experience. Everything learned in the classroom setting was applied in this real-world experience,” said Sutton. “I am grateful to my CHAMPS’ mentors, including Karen Mordarski, RHIT, CTR; Charita Thomas, CTR; and Christine Paavola, RHIT, CTR.”

During her CTR practicum CHAMPS covered everything Sutton needed to know about cancer registries, including abstracting, casefinding, follow up, cancer committee activities, data utilization and reporting, quality improvement, required files, quality management studies, cancer conference, central registry operations, legal, HIPAA, EMRs and more.

“My practicum was much more organized than some of my classmates,” said Sutton. “Mordarski took the time to organize a schedule following the National Cancer Registrars Association Certified Tumor Registrar practicum guidelines. I knew each day we met what we were going to cover and each of my mentors indulged my questions and challenged me to learn.”

Juliann found the experience to be so valuable, she requested to stay another two weeks to help prepare herself to sit for the fall CTR exam.

Based on the success of this experience, CHAMPS plans to host another CIM practicum later this year.

To learn more about a CIM practicum with CHAMPS Oncology or joining their team of CTRs, contact us.

Also, make sure to check out Juliann’s Oncology Outlook blog post on her CTR practicum experience with CHAMPS.