About The Oncologist CME Online

Introduction to The Oncologist CME Online Program

CME is only available to registered users. Registered users can:

  • Read the course contents: abstracts, full text, and PDFs.
  • Take the quizzes online.
  • Receive instant feedback on selected answers.
  • Access highlighted links that illustrate sections of the article containing the preferred answer.
  • Submit completed courses for CME credit.
  • Print CME certificates for successfully completed exams.
  • Review credits earned through My CME interface.

The overall program education objectives are:

  • Participants will read, understand and reflect upon scientific, clinical, economic and ethical aspects of contemporary oncology.
  • Participants will consider how this newly learned information impacts their clinical practice. Specifically, the participants will explicitly assess how this new knowledge has changed their concepts of disease processes and has modified clinical practice.

Earning Credit

  • Each CME course generally consists of the following modules:
  • Full Text Article
  • CME Quiz
  • Course Evaluation
  • CME courses within The Oncologist CME can be accessed in the following ways:
  • The online Table of Contents - Articles associated with a given CME course will be designated by a CME link adjacent to each article's title.
  • The navigation box - Articles associated with a given CME course will have a CME link in their right-hand navigation box.
  • Link at the top of the article full-text page
  • The Oncologist Online CME homepage
  • The journal The Oncologist homepage
  • Via email alerts.
  • The following instructions apply:
  • Select the CME Course through one of the interfaces described above.
  • Read the disclosures.
  • Read the full-text article(s) associated with the selected CME course in its entirety.
  • After reading the article(s) in the course, you can access the CME quiz by selecting the "Quiz" link provided on the course contents page, or use the "Next" button on the article full-text page.
  • Complete all questions on the quiz. Select SUBMIT to process your score. Note: The CME system will give an error if any questions are left unanswered, or if you did not achieve a high enough score to pass.
  • The correct answers will then be highlighted.
  • Please select the "Next" link to evaluate the associated CME course. Claim your credit at the bottom of this page.
  • Select My CME to access your CME summary page that indicates credit(s) earned. There is also a link to Request a Transcript from AlphaMed Press.

Proof of Credit

Once you have completed a course and specified how much credit you are claiming, your My CME record will be updated to reflect the hours earned.

Correct Answers

Once you have completed a specific CME quiz, your exam score will be displayed, along with the correct answers highlighted.


Learners must achieve a score of at least 70% correct to receive CME credit.

Mission Statement

To view the Mission and Beliefs of The Oncologist journal, click here.

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Editorial Board

The CME Program is overseen by the CME CO-Chairs whose function it is to provide subspecialized expertise on specific cancer types:

CME Co-Editors:

  • Frank M. Balis, MD
    Director of Oncology Clinical Research,
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Michael Joel Haut, MD
    Clinical Professor of Medicine
    Pennsylvania Hospital
    University of Pennsylvania

CME Associate Editor:

  • Jayne S. Gurtler, MD
    East Jefferson Hospital
    Metairie, Louisiana

CME Statistical Editor:

  • Charles R. Sherman, PhD
    Retired Deputy Director of the Office of Medical Applications of Research of the National Institutes of Health

In addition, the clinical content of CME activities and Journal articles is managed by the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC). Members of the MAC represent some of the leading authorities in oncology worldwide. The MAC develops and implements policies concerning the scientific accuracy and fair balance of all CME activities. In addition, they oversee the resolution of conflicts of interest, and assure that activities are free of commercial bias.

Medical Advisors:

  • Bruce A. Chabner, MD
  • Eli Glatstein, MD
  • Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, MD
  • Patrick G. Johnston, MD., PhD
  • John E. Niederhuber, MD
  • H.M. Pinedo, MD., PhD

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The Oncologist CME Online is designed to meet the regulations governing the accessibility of federal electronic information products (Section 508). This design also conforms to the access guidelines developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium, in that provisions are made to assure access for those individuals with vision impairments. To ensure this capability, The Oncologist CME Online does not incorporate frames, multimedia presentations, user applets, or plug-ins, bypassing many of the issues outlined in Section 508. The program primarily consists of text to ensure fast downloads for those individuals with slow Internet connections. Where graphic images apply, the HTML "Alt Text" tag is utilized as a text descriptor to facilitate those individuals who may be using screen readers or other assisting devices.


You must have a modern web browser application, and your computer must be connected to the internet. No other hardware requirements apply.

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