Improving Breast Cancer Disparities: Screening and Diagnosis

This activity was included in a series of workshops as part of a quality improvement program “Leading the Way: Improving Breast Cancer Disparities for Minority Patients in Chicago.” Led by Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, FACP, this initiative is studying the effectiveness of targeted interventions in improving breast cancer care for African American women treated in Cook County.

In this workshop, Dr. Nan Chen from the University of Chicago Medicine discusses screening and mammography rates among racial/ethnic groups. Dr. Chen also touches on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, factors that influence disparities such as fears and misperceptions, the underutilization of genetic counseling and testing, and the importance of patient communication and navigation. Learn how you can address disparities in your own patient care.
Educational Partner: The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL)

Medium: Online Presentation

Commercial Support: Support for this activity has been provided through educational grants from Daiichi Sankyo and Astra Zeneca

Sponsored by the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Chicago Center for Continuing Medical Education, University of Illinois Chicago Cancer Center and their Chicago Cancer Screening and Testing Access Coalition (CCSTAC), and the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL).

Target Audience

This activity is intended for clinical (oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, oncology nurses, OB-GYNs, internal medicine physicians, NPs, PAs and technologists) and administrative teams (case managers, patient navigators, assistive personnel) who care for breast cancer patients.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe racial and ethnic differences in screening mammography and diagnosis of breast cancer;
  • Recall the social determinants of health that may contribute to disparities in the diagnosis of breast cancer;
  • Discuss the principles of patient navigation and support that can be implemented to address disparities in the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Michelle Forcier
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.25 Participation
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
  Nan Chen, MD
  Assistant Professor, Breast Medical Oncology
  The University of Chicago
  Chicago, IL


Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies. This includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if a financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company during the past 24 months, and the content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the person has a financial relationship. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any relevant financial relationships prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine designates this enduring activity for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Healthcare Professional Credit
Other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
Please Note: The credit claiming process will close three months after the conference end date. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.
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