Efficacy of Stool Testing for Colorectal Cancer Screening

This hour-long, web-based video course (slides with audio) is designed to reach a wide audience of primary care physicians across the state to help them better understand the options for colorectal cancer screening and increase provider's confidence in the use of stool testing as an effective screening modality. Dr. Durado Brooks, Vice President of Cancer Control Interventions at the American Cancer Society, will review current United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines for colorectal cancer screening and discuss the efficacy of stool-based testing for increasing overall screening rates.  Dr. Brooks will review the science behind fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) and fecal immunochemical tests (FIT), including the differences between the tests and general information on their sensitivity and specificity in detecting colorectal cancer. Dr. Brooks will present research that shows that offering options for screening can increase the likelihood that a patient will complete a colorectal cancer screening, especially among certain populations. 

Implementation of stool-based testing will be discussed, and common challenges will be addressed. National and state resources will be presented that can help providers in the implementation of a comprehensive, high-quality colorectal cancer screening program.  In addition, tools and resources will be available to learners after listening to the video lecture.

Target Audience

This course is intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and leaders in public health.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify colorectal cancer screening options for average-risk patients according to clinical guidelines.
  • Describe the differences in guaiac-based FOBT and FIT in terms of sensitivity and specificity, as well as diet and medication restrictions.
  • Recognize the efficacy of FOBT/FIT in finding colorectal cancer and lowering overall mortality due to colorectal cancer.
  • Assess the benefits of offering a choice of colorectal cancer screening tests to patients.
  • Examine common barriers to implementation of FOBT/FIT and recognize tools and methods to overcome them.
  • Utilize resources available to assist primary care physicians in the implementation of a stool-based screening program.

Additional Information

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS)
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 MOC II
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Durado Brooks, M.D., M.P.H. 

As Vice President of Cancer Control Interventions at the American Cancer Society, Durado Brooks, M.D., M.P.H., has spent much of his career working to increase the role of prevention in primary care and to improve care for medically underserved populations.

Dr. Brooks is a lead expert on the design, execution and evaluation of cancer control strategies and interventions at national, state and local levels that increase access and navigation for all individuals to prevention, early detection, patient support and survivorship programs and services. He is also actively engaged in ACS initiatives designed to eliminate disparities in cancer prevention, detection and outcomes.  

He received his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, where he completed his internal medicine residency and served as chief resident. Afterwards, Dr. Brooks received a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and earned a master's degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

AMA Credit Designation Statement  
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Family Medicine

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  

Physician Assistants may claim 1.25 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 MOC II
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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