This interactive course provides an overview of the immune system, focusing on the mechanisms by which the immune system eliminates foreign pathogens and cancer cells. The foundational knowledge presented in this course is critical to understanding how the immune system can be harnessed to treat cancer through immunotherapy.
Due to the rapidly-evolving field of cancer immunotherapy, some of the content in this course may be out of date. For current information from SITC on cancer immunotherapy, please reference the following resources:
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Continuing Education Information
Credit Available: September 28, 2018- September 29, 2018
Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer.
This activity is supported, in part, by independent medical education grants from AbbVie Inc., Amgen Inc., AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene Corporation, EMD Serono, Inc. and Pfizer Inc., Genentech, Incyte Corporation, Lilly USA, LLC, Merck & Co., Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pfizer Inc. and Prometheus Laboratories Inc. (as of Aug. 21, 2018).
This activity is intended for physicians, pharmacists, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals engaged in the care of patients with cancer.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
- Describe the function of the components of the immune system, including relevant cells, molecules and organs of the immune system.
- Differentiate between the adaptive immune system and the innate immune system.
- Recognize the barriers to effective immunotherapy, including mechanisms by which tumors locally disable and/or evade the immune system.
Christian M. Capitini, MD
University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Physician Continuing Medical Education
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Continuing Pharmacy Education
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour(s) (0.10 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
(Universal Activity Number - JA4008162-9999-18-400-H01-P)
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Continuing Nursing Education
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.0 contact hours. Designated for 0.5 pharmacotherapy contact hours for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.
Christian Capitini, MD: Consulting Fees at Nektar Therapeutics
Planners and Managers
The PIM planners and managers have nothing to disclose. The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer planners and managers have nothing to disclose.
Method of Participation and Request for Credit
There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period September 28, 2018 through September 28, 2019 participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please following the steps below:
- After completing the course, click My Credit from the left-hand side of the SITC connectED homepage.
- Under Pending Credit, click Request Credit for Introduction to Immunology – Second Edition.
- Ensure that the appropriate Credit Reporting Organization is selected. Click Continue.
- Complete the post-test and survey.
- Click Process Credit.
- Your Certificate will be available to view in the Submitted Credit section.
For Pharmacists: Upon successfully completing the post-test with a score of 75% or better and the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service.
Hardware and Software Requirements
SITC connectED requires a modern web browser (Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome) and the ability to listen to audio with the content.
Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.
Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.
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- Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to describe the function of the components of the immune system, including relevant cells, molecules and organs of the immune system.
- Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to differentiate between the adaptive immune system and the innate immune system.
- Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to recognize the barriers to effective immunotherapy, including mechanisms by which tumors locally disable and/or evade the immune system.