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HPV-Associated Oral and Throat Cancer: What You Need to Know (Coursera)

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This course, offered by the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is designed to inform primary care physicians and otolaryngologists (general and head and neck surgeons), as well as medical students, residents, nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, about HPV-associated oral and throat cancers. It is also applicable to individuals who wish to broaden their knowledge and vernacular about this disease process, especially those who may have been diagnosed with HPV and/or HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers.

The course has been divided into four modules, each of which is followed by multiple choice questions to help attendees further understand this condition:

Week 1 – CME Information, Accreditation and Introduction (2 min)

Week 2 – Module 1: HPV-associated Throat Cancer: An Epidemic (11 min. + quiz)

Week 3 – Module 2: HPV Risk Factors and Clinical Presentation (10 min. + quiz)

Week 4 – Module 3: Management of HPV-associated Oropharyngeal Cancer (13 min. + quiz)

Week 5 – Module 4: Prevention, Vaccination, and the Horizon (10 min. + quiz)

The primary objective of this course is to provide physicians with a thorough understanding of how to better diagnose and treat patients who have HPV-related oral and throat cancers.

Who is this class for: This course is designed to inform primary care physicians and otolaryngologists (general and head and neck surgeons), as well as medical students, residents, nurses, physician assistants, and medical assistants. It is also applicable to individuals who wish to broaden their knowledge and vernacular about this disease process, especially those who may have been diagnosed with HPV and/or HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers.

Syllabus

WEEK 1

CME Information and Accreditation

Introduction

WEEK 2

Module I: HPV-associated Throat Cancer: An Epidemic

This module describes the nature of the Human Papillomavirus and the effect of a viral infection. The module explains the emerging epidemic and its impact on the development of throat cancer. The module concludes with the current state of population awareness and the impact that erroneous information can have on the spread of disease and the risk of malignancy.

Graded: Quiz for Module I

WEEK 3

Module II: HPV Risk Factors and Clinical Presentation

This module describes the risk factors associated with transmission of HPV and the development of HPV-associated cancer. We will review how the virus is transmitted and malignant transformation. We will also explore the clinical presentation of HPV-associated throat cancer, early signs, and the clinical manifestations of advanced disease.

Graded: Quiz for Module II

WEEK 4

Module III: Management of HPV-associated Oropharyngeal Cancer

This module describes options for treating oropharyngeal throat cancer and the advantages and disadvantages of each option. In this module, we discuss the indications and contraindications for treatment.

Graded: Quiz for Module III

WEEK 5

Module IV: Prevention, Vaccination, and the Horizon

This module describes nature of HPV infection and techniques for preventing infection. This module reviews the nature of the HPV vaccine and its effectiveness. We also review indications for vaccination and commonly asked questions.

Graded: Quiz for Module IV

Activity Evaluation

All learners are urged to complete an evaluation. Your comments are essential for improving the effectiveness of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s continuing medical education activities.

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