Oncology Regional Care Advancement (ORCA) Symposium

Please join us for our second annual Oncology Regional Care Advancement Symposium (ORCA). The goal of this conference is to provide in-depth guidance to providers to help patients navigate the confusing world of cancer diagnosis and treatment. For certain cancers, early detection tips, advances in medical management, radiation and surgical treatment options and issues related to post cancer treatment will be reviewed. Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis for many, and by working together in the community, we can ensure the best patient centered approach.


Saturday, March 1, 2014 

Who Should Attend

 Primary Care Providers, including Family Practitioners and Internists, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, and other health care professionals who treat patients with cancer.


Hotel Bellwether,

Bellingham, Washington​

Registration Fees

Registration fee until February 7, 2014 - $50

Registration fee after February 7, 2014- $75


To register, please call Deanna Ellefson, 360-788-6760.

Conference Agenda ​

7:15-7:45 a.m.
7:45-7:50 a.m.
7:50-9:00 a.m.
Genomic Analysis- Global Perspective
Steve Shak, MD
9:00-10:15 a.m.
Session 1: Palliative & Hospice Care
9:00-9:20 a.m.
Palliative Care: Not Just for Hospice Patients
Bree Johnston, MD, MPH, FACP
9:20-9:40 a.m.
Common Challenges in Symptom Management for Cancer Patients
Shaun Sullivan, MD
9:40-10:00 a.m.
A Toolkit for Difficult Conversations
Bree Johnston, MD, MPH, FACP
10:00 -10:15 a.m.
Session 1 Q&A
10:15-10:30 a.m.
10:30-11:45 a.m.
Session 2: Evaluating Hematology Abnormalities
10:30–10:50 a.m.
Anemia Workup
Patrick Nestor, MD
10:50-11:10 a.m. 
Elevated White Blood Cells
Gregory Wolgamot, MD
11:10-11:30 a.m.
Pathology of Blood
Berle Stratton, MD
11:30-11:45 a.m.
Session 2 Q&A 
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
12:30-1:00 p.m.
Small Group Breakout Sessions
General Session Room
Breast Cancer
Jennie Crews, MD, FACP
Admiral Room
Lung Cancer
Richard Leone, MD, PhD
Garden Room
GI Tumors
Greg Munson, MD & Patrick Nestor, MD
Compass Room
HPV & Head and Neck Cancers
William Hall, MD
1:05 p.m.- 2:25 p.m.
Session 3: Melanoma
1:05-1:25 p.m.
Melanoma in Washington State
Jan Dank, MD
1:25-1:40 p.m.
Practical Approaches to Diagnosing Melanoma
Jan Dank, MD
1:40-2:00 p.m.
Surgical Management of Melanoma
Keith VanderGriend, MD
2:00-2:10  p.m.
Systemic Treatment for Melanoma
Jennie Crews, MD, FACP
2:10- 2:25 p.m.
Session 3 Q&A 
2:25-2:35 p.m.
2:35–3:25 p.m.
Session 4: Colon Cancer
2:35-2:55 p.m.
Screening and Surveillance for Colon Cancer
Greg Munson, MD
2:55-3:15 p.m.
Cancer Nutrition FADS
Lori Taylor, CN, RD, CNSC
3:15-3:25  p.m.
Session  Q&A
3:25-3:30 p.m.​​


PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association CME Accreditation Committee to sponsor continuing medical education activities for physicians. 

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.5 hours in Category I to satisfy the re-licensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission. 

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This Live activity, Oncology Regional Care Advancement symposium, with a beginning date of 03/01/2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 6.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conference Learning Objectives

·         Identify how integrating Palliative and Hospice care between specialist and primary care utilizes best practices.

·         Explain the common laboratory abnormalities seen with blood disorders, learn appropriate work up of the disorders, and determine when referral to a specialist is indicated.

·         Evaluate latest guidelines for Breast, Lung, GI and HPV cancers.

·         Incorporate current screening recommendations for melanoma into primary care practice.

·         Discuss with patients the benefits of screening colonoscopy and post treatment surveillance of colorectal cancer.

·         Communicate to patients cancer nutrition fads versus facts.

Event Committee

 Jennie Crews, MD, FACP - Event Chair

William Hall, MD - Event Co-Chair

Marcy Hipskind, MD - Event Committee

Richard J. Leone, MD, PhD, FACS, FCCP - Event Committee

Deanna Ellefson, Event ​Coordinator​



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