CCR Innovations | Volume 2 | Issue 1 - page 12

California Cancer Registry
Volume 2, Issue 1
SEER has developed an easy to use education tool, SEER*Educate, that embraces the idea of “learning
by doing.” People come into the registry field with different educational backgrounds and work
experience. The training curriculum was specifically designed to meet a wide variety of needs:
Recent graduates preparing for a registry job
Registrars studying for the CTR exam
CTRs earning CE hours in Practical Application and Registry Operations
i.e., Users who select the Practical Application can earn between 5-15 CEs by coding
cases in one of the available series
SEER*Educate is set-up to provide one-on-one training through the use of 295 case scenarios for
abstracting experience and feedback. A coding form is used when completing case coding, which
includes built-in look-ups. Answers are scored with immediate feedback provided that includes not
only the correct answer, but also the detailed rationale. Answers and rationales for all materials were
determined by a panel of experienced CTRs at the Seattle-Puget Sound SEER registry at the Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Resources used to draft answers and rationales included the
following references:
SEER Program Coding and Staging Manual
Collaborative Stage Data Collection System Coding Instructions
SEER Summary Staging Manual 2000
2010 and 2012 Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Databases and Manuals
Multiple Primary and Histology Coding Rules
ACoS CAnswer Forum
Ask a SEER Registrar
Currently, there are four training modules available to users. The Demonstration training module
provides an opportunity for a new user to become accustomed to the software. The General
Knowledge training module is designed to ensure that users understand medical terminology. The
Practical Application training module allows users to practice coding case scenarios by site. This
provides an opportunity to strengthen skills in correctly interpreting reportability guidelines as well as
coding principles. In March 2014, these scenarios will be updated for CSv02.05.There is also a CTR Prep
training module, which currently includes three training areas which are covered in the CTR Exam: CoC
Cancer Program Standards, Computer principles and Statistics.
During the beta release of SEER*Educate, the PAQC Unit has had an opportunity to participate in the
testing of this product. We highly encourage CTRs or those new to the field to participate in this
excellent training activity.
Resources: SEER*Educate
Cheryl Moody, BA, CTR
Production Automation & Quality Control Manager
California Cancer Reporting and Epidemiologic Surveillance (CalCARES) Program
Institute for Population Health Improvement
UC Davis Health System
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