Taking the CTR exam is overwhelming. And I’m speaking from recent experience, as I just passed mine in the spring! If you’re gearing up for the fall CTR exam, here are a few tips that helped me pass when I was in your shoes…
When you study anything - from a classroom assignment to the COC Standards - study it until you REALLY understand it. For example, one of my CTR mentors (shout out to Barbara Massie!) once asked me, “What DON’T you know?” Studying was my response. I thought about what subject I was weakest in and explored it until I had some “lightbulb moments.” Maybe I coded some cases in SEER Educate or read my manuals yet another time. Maybe I watched an AJCC video. Maybe I just tagged another abstractor and posed my question to them. The point is - study, study, study! You won’t regret it.
Since you have the opportunity to take the fall CTR exam with hard copies of the AJCC, MPH Rules, SEER Summary Stage and ICDO books, use them during exam preparation! From the beginning of my practicum I used the same manuals that I would eventually test with. That way I had plenty of time to tab them and make as many notes as I needed in the margins to clarify them. I also used them when I studied on SEER Educate. I was glued to that website for months. Because of the familiarity I developed with my reference books, I didn’t waste any time in the open book portion of my CTR exam.
Get your hands on a copy of the NCRA Cancer Registry Management textbook . I read this textbook over and over and made sure to complete the end-of-chapter questions included on the CD that came with it. I also found the NCRA CTR Prep Study Guide to be extremely helpful. Many of my CTR exam questions came directly from this resource.
I can’t tell you how thankful I was for all of the hard work I had put in preparing for my CTR exam, when I learned that I passed on my first attempt! I’ve been blessed to have great mentors both at CHAMPS Oncology and school and I’d like to pay that forward to all CTR candidates in need of encouragement. You can do this!!
What are you doing to prepare for the fall CTR exam?
CHAMPS Oncology will attend, exhibit and present at the National Cancer Registrar Association's (NCRA) 46th Annual Educational Conference that is taking place Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23.
CHAMPS Oncology Regional Manager Amanda Harvey-McKee, BA, CTR, will be presenting during the Registry Management Symposium portion of the conference. Her presentation, Transform Your Cancer Program with the Data You Collect, will take place during the conference. Check back for more details on her presentation as the conference date approaches!
Visit our booth to learn about our cancer registry careers and see if you have what it takes to join our team!
Learn more about the NCRA 46th Annual Educational Conference by visiting their website.
Where: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Lake Buena Vista, FL
When: Sep 21, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
50th Annual OCRA Educational State Meeting
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the 50th Annual OCRA Educational State Meeting.
To learn more about OCRA's Annual Meeting, visit their website.
Where: Holiday Inn Strongsville, OH 44136
When: Sep 10, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
ACCC 46th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 45th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit.
Follow the hashtag #AMCCBS to stay connected or visit their website here.
Where: Washington Hilton, DC
When: Mar 4, 2020 -
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