The GW Cancer Institute created core competencies for non-clinically licensed patient navigators using a highly collaborative, multi‐stage process from January 2013 through August 2014. In 2013, the GW Cancer Institute conducted a comprehensive literature and curriculum review and established a framework of functional areas for patient navigation reviewed by an external advisory panel. In 2014, we conducted focus groups with patient navigators across the U.S., worked with expert reviewers and conducted a national survey of health care professionals who self-identified as working in the field of oncology patient navigation to validate the competency statements. We adopted the common framework for health professional competencies supported by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The final 45 statements resulted from this 18 month study.
With the competencies established, the GW Cancer Institute developed a comprehensive competency-based training for Oncology Patient Navigators. The training uses interactive web-based presentations to discuss evidence-based information and case studies to prepare patient navigators to effectively address barriers to care for cancer patients and survivors. To enroll in the course, visit the Online Academy and use enrollment code PNTrain(note, this is case sensitive).